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Cirencester Youth Market offers exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is delighted to announce the return of the Cirencester Youth Market on Wednesday 22 March at The Market Place in the town centre, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
We are working closely with Cirencester Town Council and the E4 Group; Cirencester College, the Royal Agricultural University, Deer Park and Kingshill Secondary Schools to promote and support enterprise in Cirencester.
Last year’s Youth Market was a great success and gained national media attention. As a result of this, E4 are excited to host another Youth Market with the goal of making this an annual event, and possibly biannually with a special market at Christmas.
The aim of the market is to inspire young people to set up their own business, giving local enterprise students and young entrepreneurs the opportunity to sell their products that they themselves have made and designed. Some of the businesses will be asking customers for feedback on their products to aid development, so come along and see what great innovations they’re working on!
This year the market will showcase some of our student enterprises, including The Trough Catering; deliciously cooked local produce served from a converted horsetrailer, Coppernose Jerky, and Claytons Cold Brewed Coffee.
The market will also feature enterprise students from Cirencester College who are working on some fantastic innovations including a safe driving app for new drivers and up-cycled homewares made from old wooden pallets. Both Deer Park and Kingshill Secondary Schools will be featuring some innovative creations and delicious food and it is anticipated the schools will be providing entertainment including Deer Park’s Steel Band and Kingshill’s Ukele Players.
Professor Jo Price, RAU Vice-Chancellor, said: “The Cirencester Youth Market, organised by E4 and Cirencester Town Council, provides a fantastic platform for start-up businesses run by the youth of Cirencester to gain both exposure and experience. It will also help them develop key skills and contacts which will be essential in helping them run successful ventures in the future.”
The event is supported by St James Place and will feature a special award for the best dressed stall. The group are proud to see the return of Gabby Martin-Hoff of Sew Little, our winner from last year’s Youth Market, who won the judges over with her beautifully handmade baby and toddler clothes. Gabby’s success at last year’s market meant she qualified to trade at the National Youth Market in Manchester last September where her stall went down a storm and led to some great exposure for her business. This year the group are hoping to provide this opportunity for another deserving entrepreneur.
So please come and support our young entrepreneurs. There will be plenty of great shopping opportunities and delicious food!
If you are under 25, have your own business come, and are interested in joining Cirencester’s Youth Market – please contact Suzie Lew at Cirencester Town Council.
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