A group of young entrepreneurs from Manchester are throwing open the doors of their first pop up shop to test trade their budding business ideas.
The newly fitted out trading space was launched at a preview event on 25th May attended by some of the City’s most successful businesspeople and the Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Carl Austin-Behan who said:
“The Manchester Youth Market Programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to try out business ideas in a safe and supportive environment.
“There’s no shortage of talent or ambition among the city’s young people but sometimes a little help is required to transform an idea into a reality – which is exactly what the market provides.
“I can’t wait to see what our young entrepreneurs have come up with. Who knows, we may even uncover the next Richard Branson or Alan Sugar.”
All of the participants are first-time traders from Manchester aged 16 to 30 who have built up their businesses from scratch with the help of an innovative new project called the Manchester Youth Market (MYM) programme. Their businesses range from bespoke to vintage fashions; from handmade home ware and crafts to commercial film services.
They’re now ready to set out their stalls – literally – with a new pop up shop open this summer above Goodstock, the flagship pre-loved clothing store run by the charity v-inspired on Oxford Road in the centre of Manchester. The shop is fitted out to a high standard, contemporary design thanks to a generous donation by Footasylum, who have been a key partner in the project.
Having access to a free or low-cost space gives those new to the world of commerce a chance to test trade – to try out their business idea – without the high risk usually associated with start-ups. Manchester Youth Market also provide free public liability insurance, business advice, access to a small grant and support with marketing.
Young people who live, work, study or volunteer in Manchester are encouraged to apply as the project is still recruiting for new candidates. Would-be entrepreneurs can apply online via the MYM website www.manchesteryouthmarket.co.uk