29 August 2017
Two young entrepreneurs who made their market trading debut at a Portobello Road stall as part of New Youthquake are heading to Manchester to take part in the National Youth Market at the beginning of September.
Lauren Youngs and Manon Taychenne-Simoes, trading under the name Candy Warhol Creations, were selected by their New Youthquake peers to take part in the national event, where the winner will be crowned Young Trader of the Year and win £500.
New Youthquake offered first-time traders aged 16 to 30 a chance to trade at a special two-day Portobello Road youth market for just £10 per day. Young people who participated in that event voted for their peers in four categories: best product, best visual merchandising, best customer service, and best social media.
Lauren and Manon joined a group of New Youthquake traders at the community-organised Golborne Road Festival on 9 July. They also successfully tested the waters among crowds of international shoppers at the Portobello and Golborne street market.
Mark Atkinson, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Markets Development Officer said: “I’m pleased that Portobello and Golborne Road market will be represented at the fifth National Youth Market in Manchester. New Youthquake has clearly demonstrated its appeal to young people across London. Market area stakeholders have already formed a youth engagement working group, so watch this space for further developments. I wish all participants – especially Lauren and Manon – every success at the National Youth Market and in future.”
Joe Harrison, Chief Executive of the National Market Traders Federation, which represents market traders and street food vendors across the UK said: “Trading on markets is an ideal way for young entrepreneurs to test out ideas and build a business with much smaller overheads than a shop.
“Alongside National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA), we are actively encouraging initiatives to introduce more young people to markets. Traditional markets are improving because of this surge of new blood into our sector.
“The National Youth Market is running for the fifth year in a row, on the iconic King Street in Manchester on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September. Over the years we have had some fantastic small businesses take part and we expect that this year will be just as successful if not more so.
We’re looking forward to meeting them, learning about their businesses and offering any support they may need for their budding business ideas.”