Free teenage market back again

Bolton’s successful Teenage Market has proved to be such a success that it will be coming back – on three dates in 2017.

The market aims to give young people an opportunity to showcase their business ideas as well as their musical and dramatic talents and young entrepreneurs still have time to register.

The Teenage Market is a nationwide initiative set up by teenage brothers Joe and Tom Barratt from Stockport as a way to support local young people and transform town centres.

Last year, Bolton Council organised two successful markets with the brothers.

Limited places are still available at the first event on Victoria Square, Saturday March 4, from 10am to 4pm. Anyone aged 13 to 25 is invited to take part. It will also be held on May 13 and September 23.

Deadline for applications is Friday, February 24.

A total of 17 independent entrepreneurs have already signed up and will be selling items ranging from cakes, chocolates to jewellery and crafts.

Bolton Lads and Girls Club, YMCA Bolton, Bolton Youth Council and Castle Hill Youth Centre will also be trading at the event.

As well as new ventures, the market also gives young people who might already be trading online a chance to trade in the town centre and get a feel for what it is like to work in a market environment.

Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: “The markets were very popular last year so I am delighted that we can once again give young people a free platform to showcase their business talents and creative skills.

“We’ve already had lots of interest but there is still time to register and we’ll try to accommodate as many people as we can.

“Our experienced staff from Bolton Market will also be on hand to help and support them.”

Co-creator of The Teenage Market, Joe Barratt, added: “We are delighted that Bolton Council is holding these markets and supporting young people.

“It’s the perfect place for them to get their businesses off the ground and showcase their creative talents.”

To get involved, contact Molton markets by e-mail or call 01204 336824.

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