National Youth Market

The National Youth Market celebrates young entrepreneurs trading on our nation’s markets, festivals and fairs. It will take place in Stratford-upon-Avon on 31 August and 1 September 2018 #NYM18

Over 40 young people aged 16 to 30 from the UK will be trading on the National Youth Market. It takes place on Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, on 31 August and 1 September, from 10am to 5pm. Street food / Artisan Treats / Arts & Crafts / Retro & Vintage #NYM18

The event is run by the NMTF and 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.

Over 40 stallholders will be selling a range of high quality street food, artisan treats, arts and crafts, and handmade gifts. All are competing to be crowned the UK’s Young Trader of the Year!

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Prizes for the UK’s Young Trader of the Year include £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 are up for grabs, which includes £100 cash and one year’s free NMTF membership – not to be sniffed at! Who’s doing the judging? Markets experts, of course! Download the judging criteria here (PDF).

Live music from local performers will be played throughout the day and there will be plenty of family-friendly activities, such as free games, giveaways, and trails around the market. In fact, we’ll be Making Markets Matter!

Or MMM as we affectionately call it. MMM is a national roadshow run by the NMTF that brings fun for all the family to the market. MMM will be rolling up at this year’s National Youth Market – it’s going to be a blast! See you there.

Young Trader of the Year: Rose Dyson, 17, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, runs Pura Cosmetics. She is an extremely determined entrepreneur. Rose’s lipcare products are natural, vegan-friendly and not tested on animals. She trades online and on markets in Barnsley, Doncaster and Leeds. She was Barnsley Council’s “Market Champion.” Truly pout-pleasing!

2017’s National Youth Market award winners: (L-R) Lauran Trussler, 25, Signature Print Design; Abby Dank, 30, That Charming Shop; Rose Dyson, 17, Pura Cosmetics; Charlotte Kleban, 26, from Hand Drawn World; and Abbie Allert, 26, Mamma Made It.

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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