Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 9°C

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.

shares

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.

shares

0 comments

Pupils at Farlingaye High, Woodbridge, prepare their presentations as part of the Most Able Student Day at the school.

Gifted pupils gathered for the latest in a series of events aimed at helping them realise their early academic promise.

Rail passengers will be bussed to Newbury Park Tube station.

A 100-strong fleet of buses was rolling into action today to keep passengers moving between East Anglia and London as the first weekend rail line closure takes effect.

A library photo of the M25, which has been hit by severe delays today by a car transporter fire

There are serious delays on the M25 in Essex after a car transporter fire forced emergency services to close the anti-clockwise carriageway.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train

Congestion caused by a late-running freight train is causing delays of up to 15 minutes for passengers travelling through Ipswich station.

Ipswich Crown Court.

An Ipswich mother accused of helping herself to £27,000 of her 25-year-old son’s money while he was in a care home has told a court he let her use some of his money to pay her debts.

File photo.

More than 200 properties and businesses were without power in and around the town centre this evening.

Storymaker

This weekend is set to be cold and overcast, with just a hint of sun on Sunday - making it difficult to entertain young children.

Stowmarket's Regal Theatre is premiering Dad's Army. In conjunction with the cinemas 80th Birthday.

A Suffolk town’s theatre and cinema kicked off its 80th birthday celebrations in style with a sell-out premiere screening of star-studded film Dad’s Army.

Traffic

The A14 has reopened after a seven-vehicle crash on the A14 this evening.

Remi Morrison is pictured at Pump and Grind in Ipswich.

Another week of great music and events is upon us and Remi Morrison brings you a round up of what is happening in Ipswich over the next few days.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24