Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 29°C

min temp: 17°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds/ Haverhill: Young entrepreneurs wanted to man west Suffolk youth markets

12:33 07 March 2014

Archant

Young entrepreneurs in west Suffolk have been given another boost with the announcement of a unique market day dedicated to aspiring stallholders.

Youth markets will take over Saturday’s typical market day in both Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill during May’s “Love Your Local Market” fortnight, where anyone aged 16-24 can apply to run their own stall.

It comes in the same week that Bury was announced as one of seven towns across the country involved in the Carnegie UK Trust’s TestTown initiative, where young entrepreneurs will be given vacant shops to try out their prospective business.

The youth market plans were revealed by Sharon Fairweather, the new market development officer for St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath, at this week’s meeting of the Bury Working Party.

She said: “This could suit art and design students, craft students, fashion students - any students that have got a product or service that they’d like to promote.

“The demographic for a market is an older person. We’ve really got to look at how markets are going to survive, and that would mean putting new products into the market, new life and new vibrancy.

“This has been proved in many other markets, and I don’t know that Bury is quite ready for some of those things yet, but it’s certainly something we’re going to be working on in the next few months.”

Mrs Fairweather said she is working with West Suffolk College in the lead-up to the event, and there will be a prize for the best stallholder in both towns.

She added: “Markets now are very, very important in the social and economic make-up of a town. Retail is changing quite dramatically, there’s a lot more internet-based shopping and people need a reason to go into town.

“This is why St Edmundsbury is looking at our market towns and how they survive.”

Anyone aged 16-30 is eligible to apply for the TestTown initiative. For more information visit www.testtown.org.uk. To apply to be part of the youth market contact Sharon Fairweather at sharon.fairweather@westsuffolk.gov.uk or 01284 757093.

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

0 comments

New Ipswich Audi dealership is taking shape

New Audi dealership at Futura Park takes shape

Alex Pattenden, managing director of Unity Online.

Suffolk digital marketing company Unity Media Eastern has rebranded to become Unity Online, in a move designed to help it to meeting growing demand from the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) sector.

A MRS grab at the Port of King's Lynn, similar to five which have been purchased by Associated British Ports for use at the Port of Ipswich.

Associated British Ports (ABP)has invested more than £160,000 in five new MRS cargo handling grabs for the Port of Ipswich, to help handle an increase in the trade of dry bulk materials.

Melissa Abbott of Muntons who has been appointed national vice chairman of the Brewing, Food & Beverage Industry supplier’s' association (BFBi).

Melissa Abbott has been appointed national vice chairman of the Brewing, Food & Beverage Industry suppliers’ association (BFBi), the first time this role has been held by a woman.

The launch of the Suffolk Black Minority Ethnic Business Awards at the University of Suffolk, which will also host the awards ceremony in October.

The inaugural Suffolk BME Business Awards, recognising enterprise within the county’s black and minority ethnic communities, are now open for entries.

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24