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MARKET TIMES • APRIL 2020 23 Helping young people to
YOUNG traders and entre- preneurs received advice and guidance on growing their businesses and careers at an event at Gravesend Borough Market in Kent.
Staged by Gravesham Borough Council, which owns and operates the market, in association with the Kent Foundation, around 25 16 to 30-year-olds attended Youth Enterprise Live where they heard from a variety of speakers including social selling expert Zoe Cairns and Pip Lawrence who gave advice on maintaining your own wellbeing as a business owner.
The event was funded and supported by Go Trade, the EU programme dedicated to improving and modernising traditional markets and which is backing Gravesham Council’s work in helping young people pursue careers in business.
Subjects covered on the day
business careers
 included a mix of motivational talks delivered by young entrepreneurs and workshop sessions, focused on the practical challenges of running a business and in particular, how to engage and sell to customers “face to face” in a market setting.
Speakers from the NMTF showed a new video which showcased the renaissance of local markets in recent years and their Young Traders Market initiative covered by the BBC’s The One Show.
Two award winners spoke at the event — Okeima Scarlett of The RTG Kitchen, who was food and drink category winner in last year’s Young Traders Market national final and Gloria Royer, Young Trader of the Year in 2015, who set up her fashion design business Dustbin Vintage business while still at university.
Other contributors included a software design company,
Blooware, set up locally by 21-year- old Huw Prosser, which specialises in careers advice for schools.
The event was opened by Coun Shane Mochrie-Cox, Gravesham Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure.
Speaking after the event, he said: “Our young entrepreneurs are the future of business and growth in the borough.
“As such it was encouraging to see many of them at this important event and to be able to make them aware that there is a lot of support here for them as they learn about the world of business.
“We hope they took away new ideas and additional knowledge to help them succeed as they start out on the journey to a successful and profitable future.”
Support for small traders at Gravesend Borough Market goes beyond events such as Youth Enterprise Live.
Small, flexible units there are being marketed to start-up and growing businesses, with flexible “in and out” occupancy terms and affordable rents which include all charges (except electricity), along with rent-free incentives for longer- term tenants.
“Our market has proved fertile ground for a number of start-up businesses that have grown and moved out into larger premises in the town centre,” said Coun Mochrie-Cox.
“Having met and spoken with
   many of those who attended Youth Enterprise Live, I am sure there is the talent and determination within our young traders to see that kind of success replicated in the coming years.
“The market and town centre can only benefit.”

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