As part of Love Your Local Market in 2017 students of Hertford Regional College and young entrepreneurs supported by Wenta became market traders for the very first time at Bishop’s Stortford Youth Market. Rosanna Zaffuto, Events and Tourism Manager at Bishop Stortford Town Council reports on how the concept developed this year.
“Last year, alongside our general Thursday market there was a range of unique items made and designed on sale created by the students from creative design courses. Young Entrepreneurs worked with Wenta, a social enterprise that provides free advice, support and training to those starting a business, who were also part of this exciting event. Additionally, Event Management students from the college provided hot and tasty lunch time meals for members of the public.
“Most aspects of the market were organised by students of the college. They created their own event page as part of the market Facebook page and posted regularly. Furthermore, students created and distributed their own posters for the event.
“In 2018, the new event management students opted to have their own Street Market. The group was divided into two competing teams. Each team had to create an Asian based menu and were responsible for decorating their own stall. The winning team sold the most meals and snacks.
“On 21 June 2018, the second Youth Market took place again with students from creative design courses. Products sold at this market ranged from candles to jewellery, to canvases to t-shirts. Again, students created their own poster to advertise the event.
“Bishop’s Stortford Town Council is working closely with the local college to continue this venture. Similar events are plan for 2019. Both parties agree that the Youth Market is beneficial for both the students and the market. Working alongside young people introduces market trading to a new generation and the students have real world experience in both organising events and operating as a business.”
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