Thursday, July 25, 2024

Entrepreneurs shine at Gainsborough’s first ‘Young Traders’ market

Young entrepreneurs showcased their goods at a special market held in the historic Market Place in Gainsborough.

West Lindsey District Council hosted its first Young Market Traders in the town on Saturday, which has been hailed a success.

The council believes young traders play a crucial role in the economy, they bring fresh ideas and innovative products and the market is a great way for them to showcase their goods in a traditional market setting and also create employment opportunities for themselves and for others.

Traders were invited to join the regular stallholders in Gainsborough on Saturday – not only to sell their products but to be part of a country-wide competition organised by the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF).

After careful consideration, three judges announced the overall regional winner for Gainsborough was Kasey Wolstenholme of Krafted by Kasey.

Kasey (25), who sells a variety of hand-made products including wax melts, room sprays, gifts and homeware, said she was absolutely ‘over the moon’ at being picked as the winner.

She said: “I’m still processing the fact I won the competition at Gainsborough. It honestly means so much to me because I work so hard on my business alongside looking after my little boy, and winning feels like validation that my business means something to other people too and that hard work does pay off.

“There was so many amazing young traders, so to be the winner is such a privilege and has made me want to work even harder than before.”

The judges included: Cllr Stephen Bunney, Chairman of West Lindsey District Council; Amanda Bouttell, Senior Project and Growth Officer – Employment and Skills Enterprise and Communities, and Gainsborough business owner Baz Hunter.

The three Highly Commended Young Traders included:

  • Meghan Barnard of Handmade Jewellery by Meghan
  • Chelsea Stringer – The Stringer Edit
  • Natalie Cass of Natalie Cass Art

Honourable Mentions:

  • Aimie Holmes
  • Despina Tamboura

The winner, and the three Highly Commended, now go forward to a regional final with the chance of securing a place in the final in August in Stratford Upon Avon.

The judges said that standard was very high, and they deliberated a considerable time. They said the quality of the goods, the product knowledge and customer service was all excellent.

Nicola Marshall, Towns Manager at West Lindsey District Council, who organised the event, said she will be looking to host further young traders events in the future.

She said: “We are so grateful to the young traders for coming along to the event. Their stalls added a lot to our market and we were delighted to welcome traders from Gainsborough and further afield.”

 

Image credit: West Lindsey District Council

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