National Youth Market

The National Youth Market celebrates young entrepreneurs trading on our nation’s markets, festivals and fairs. It will take on a whole new look and feel in 2019 – rebranded as the National Young Traders Market! #YoungTraders

30 young people aged 16 to 30 traded on the National Youth Market. It took place on Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, on 31 August and 1 September 2018. Street food / Artisan Treats / Arts & Crafts / Retro & Vintage #NYM18

The event is run by the NMTF. In 2018, it was hosted by LSD Promotions with the support of town and district councils in Stratford-upon-Avon. Markets have been held in the town since 1196.

30 stallholders sold a range of high quality street food, artisan treats, arts and crafts, and handmade gifts. All were competing to be crowned the UK’s Young Trader of the Year!

UK Young Trader of the Year 2018
Robert Leicester, 19, who runs Warrington Fruit & Veg in Warrington Market. Judges were impressed with his professionalism, enthusiasm, and customer service skills. Robert brought the same offer to Stratford-upon-Avon that he has on his stall in Warrington – quality produce at affordable prices!
Highly Commended 2018 (clockwise)
Sophie Rogers, 27, from Birmingham, runs High Vibe Designs
Emily Roberts, 23, from Barnsley, runs Emi B Designs
Lauren Charlton, 28, from Rotherham, runs The Yorkshire Print
Harriet Docker, 28, from Castleford, runs Little Loaves

Prizes for the UK’s Young Trader of the Year included £500 cash, one year’s free NMTF membership and a glitzy trophy! PLUS a free mobile payment terminal for 12 months from the NMTF’s sponsor, Chip & PIN Solutions.

Four Highly Commended awards were up for grabs, which included £100 cash and one year’s free NMTF membership – not to be sniffed at! Who was doing the judging? Markets experts, of course! Download the judging criteria (PDF).

Special Commendation 2018
Morningside & Gascoyne Youth Clubs (Hackney). Judges wanted to recognise G&MYC for their ‘community value,’ acknowledging the importance that markets play in providing a platform for activities that deliver social and cultural benefits for local communities.

Making Markets Matter is a national roadshow run by the NMTF that brings fun for all the family to the market. MMM rolled up at this year’s National Youth Market – it was an absolute blast!

For 2019, the National Youth Market will be refreshed as the National Young Traders Market. We’re going to support the delivery of more local and regional youth markets across the country, too. Watch this space!

Question or comment about the National Youth Market? Or, are you a young person interested in trading on markets? An operator interested in running a youth market?
Get in touch with Chris or Rachel at the NMTF on 01226 749 021 or We’ll do our best to help, but if we can’t – we’ll signpost you to someone who can.

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