Teenage Leeds Kirkgate Market traders set out their stall

YOUNG TRADERS: Kirkgate Market will host a Teenage Market next weekend.
YOUNG TRADERS: Kirkgate Market will host a Teenage Market next weekend.
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budding businessmen and women from Leeds will be showcasing their entrepreneurial talents at Kirkgate Market.

Around 25 young traders, aged between 13 and 30, will sell set their stalls out at the latest Teenage Market on Saturday. (June 16)

The event is being hosted in partnership with Hammerson, the owners of the Victoria Gate and the Victoria Quarter shopping areas.

The young traders will be supported by two digital business advisors from the Google Garage initiative and advised by business mentors.

Traders will be entered into the National Market Traders Federation’s National Youth Market competition where four winners will be selected to trade at the first ever Yorkshire Regional Youth Market.

The event will also be showcased at Kirkgate Market on August 1 - Yorkshire Day.

The showcase is designed to help provide the opportunity for young people to test out their ideas, launch them and grow them into a business.

Coun Asghar Khan, Leeds City Council’s executive member with responsibility for markets, said: “We have so many talented, gifted and creative young people here in Leeds who just need to be given the right opportunity to grow their business idea.

“The Teenage Market allows us to not only nurture young talent and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs it is also a fantastic opportunity for people to get their hands on a real creative mix of products.

“I’d encourage everyone to come along and see some amazing items that you really wouldn’t find anywhere else.”

It will be held in the events space from 10am to 4pm.