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 Spring Into Markets —
NMTF to publish new guide
to retail market trading
Major push to encourage new traders
 THE COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the NMTF to produce an all-new guide to retail market trading that is aimed squarely at mature people who are looking for new livelihoods.
The fully interactive Spring Into Markets will be published online in November and will be completely free to view and use.
NMTF CEO Joe Harrison said: “This comprehensive guide has been born out of the crisis we have all been through in 2020, and is meant as practical encouragement to think about trading on markets as a living.”
He said that for a number of years the NMTF has nurtured many young traders from starting on markets to growing their businesses.
“Our latest project is the Young Traders Market for 16 to 30-year-olds who have an idea to sell,” he added. “Culminating in a national final it has worked extremely well — even in this difficult year — but we see no reason why older people cannot spread their wings by springing into markets.”
The guide is not exclusively for new traders, since the help and advice it contains will also
benefit those who are already well established. But to those interested in becoming a trader it describes how a business can be built up gradually, and about the flexibility of being able
to work different markets on different days. The guide also outlines how market trading can help develop business skills and stresses the importance of communication skills and
building a network of customers.
In total there are 15 topics spread over more
than 100 pages, covering all manner of topics from starting up to monitoring performance.
Each section is linked to assessment modules which can be downloaded and completed at the trader’s own pace.
Joe Harrison said the NMTF felt the time was right to mount a strong campaign to get more traders into the industry.
“It’s painful, but it has to be acknowledged that many thousands of people will have lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 crisis,” he said.
“But there will be redundancy payments and so on out there — and market trading is a lean way to set up a business.”
Joe Harrison NMTF Chief Executive

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