Tiny traders take over at Leeds Kirkgate Market for school day

Haroon Razaq, 10, from Park View Primary Academy, with a cup and plate.
Haroon Razaq, 10, from Park View Primary Academy, with a cup and plate.
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pint-sized entrepreneurs from 11 Leeds schools stepped out of the classroom to become traders for a day.

Mini moguls set up stalls at Kirkgate Market after coming top in a school enterprise competition.

The Arooj project saw hundreds of schoolchildren come up with their own products, including decorated plates, mugs, bracelets, lanterns, cards, plants and food, which were judged by local business people.

The winning teams were invited to sell their products at Kirkgate Market in Leeds.

Haroon Razaq, 10, from Park View Academy, said: “I like pestering the customers and persuading them to come and have a look at the stall.

“It gives you an idea of what it’s like if you want to be in business when you grow up.”

Board members from the Yorkshire Asian Business Association and the Lord Mayor of Leeds Tom Murray visited the marketplace to see how the children were getting on.

Councillor Murray said: “I can judge by the noise that the kids are having a great time.

“A lot of energy has gone into it and there are some great products.

“They have been very enterprising and we want to encourage that as much as possible.”

Therese O’Sullivan, Leeds City Council’s ethnic minority achievement consultant, said: “We are making the curriculum more culturally relevant for pupils and working with different communities and we are pleased to say that it has been very successful in raising attainment.”

Other schools involved were Bankside, Bracken Edge, Brudenell, Carr Manor, Harehills, Hillcrest, Hovingham, Iveson, Moor Allerton Hall and Rosebank primary schools.