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YOUNG TRADERS MARKET NATIONAL FINAL
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 the regional finals was the young people’s concern for the environ- ment which had inspired a number of people to start green businesses.
One of the most inspiring was Kathryn Bland, an environmental campaigner who was the overall winnerintheSouthWestregional final.
Kathryn was selling the anti- pollution t-shirts and bags she designed herself for Plastic Pollution Solution which she established three years ago after being shocked by the volume of plastic waste she found on Weymouth beach after a storm.
Kathryn studied marine conservation at university and now devotes her time to cleaning up the
environment of plastic and other waste, initially on beaches but now across the natural environment.
“Since I began clearing up waste I have removed four-and-a-half tonnes of plastic,” she said.
She works night shifts at a supermarkettopaytherent,andher t-shirts and bags with slogans like “Don’t be a tosser” help fund her waste collections.
“Each purchase helps pay for the removal of 185 kilos of plastic waste,” Kathryn said.
Other green businesses included a business run by a young entrepreneur of the year from Abergavenny who was selling refillable car de-mister and air fresheners, several business selling
environmentally friendly and cruelty-free cosmetic creams and a young entrepreneur selling vegan, organic nut butter made from nuts rather than palm oil.
At the North East regional final Anthony Pilman and Lucy Ritson were flying the flag for the environment. The couple started Nil Living selling sustainable products for a plastic free, zero waste lifestyle on markets in the north east after visiting Kirkgate Market on a trip to Leeds and being impressed by a stall selling sustainable items.
“We couldn’t find anywhere in the Newcastle area where we could buy sustainable products so we decided to start our own business,” Lucy said.
There were a significant number
of stalls inspired by environmental concerns at the final, but virtually every entrant had put some thought into the green impact of their business.
The judges at each regional final had the difficult task of picking a winner and several highly commended traders in four categories — general goods, arts and crafts, food and drink, and groceries.
These were the traders who went through to the final where judges selected for their expertise in different aspects of market trading had the difficult task of picking a winner and a highly commended in each of the four categories.
In the end a decision had to be made and Alex Riley, the reporter
  NUTCESSITY
  SIMPLY TRIOS
  THE FREE FROM BAKER
  COOKIES & DOUGH
   WARRINGTON FRUIT & VEG
  BELLA’S BAKES
  WHAT’S POPPIN
GENERAL
RETAIL
CATEGORY
Winner:
STIRRING SILVER JEWELLERY Highly Commended: BOTANICAL BOUTIQUE
  STIRRING SILVER JEWELLERY
  ITALY’S LITTLE SECRET
  SUSTAINABLE LIVING
  XORBIT
  BOTANICAL BOUTIQUE
  TYPE, WRITE & PAPER
  SIXTY WATT
  POLLY VICTORIAN VINTAGE




























































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