Young entrepreneurs from Barnsley triumphed at the National Youth Market held in Manchester on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September, bringing home three fantastic prizes.
Fifty free trading places were made available to young stallholders from across the country for the market’s fifth year, with young people from Barnsley securing five places.
Rose Dyson, 17 from Silkstone took the overall prize and was crowned the National Young Stallholder of the Year. As well as the award, she received £500 and trading days at Manchester’s specialist markets in the run-up to Christmas. Rose started her business Pura Cosmetics when she was just 15, making her own range of lip scrubs and balms by hand.
Lauran Trussler, 25 and Abbie Allert, 26 received two of the four Highly Commended awards on offer. Lauran from Darfield has used her degree in graphic design to start Signature Print Design, making decorative prints and stationery for all occasions as well as printing designs and logos onto fabrics. Abbie from Wombwell, set up Mamma Made It after graduating with a degree in fashion design. She makes handmade children’s and baby wear.
Also selected to represent Barnsley in Manchester were Sian Fall, 29, of Sweetie Fall and Emily Kitchen, 21, of Em & J’s Candle and Craft Quest. Emily has recently applied for a permanent stall in the May Day Green Market selling her range of candles, bath bombs and soaps.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “It’s fantastic to see young people from Barnsley growing their own businesses and receiving national recognition for their achievements.
“Barnsley’s markets are at the heart of the town’s shopping experience and it’s great to see independent businesses thriving - they are what make Barnsley unique and it’s important to support them.”
Diana Terris, Chief Executive of Barnsley Council, added: “We’re really proud of our young entrepreneurs; it’s inspiring to see them using their skills to grow successful businesses. Congratulations to everyone involved and good luck for the future – we look forward to seeing what you do next!”
Winner Rose Dyson, of Pura Cosmetics, said: "I had an incredible weekend in Manchester, trading and meeting new customers. I never thought I'd win the entire thing, no way, the other young traders had amazing businesses and stalls. It was the best experience and such a great opportunity. It's an unbelievable feeling to be bringing back a national title!"
Joe Harrison, Chief Executive, NMTF commented: “The NMTF organises the National Youth Market to celebrate young entrepreneurs who trade on our nation’s markets, festivals and fairs. Barnsley has superb traditional retail markets, much loved and well-supported by the local community. It is testament to Barnsley that three out of the five award winners have come from the borough.
“Maria Cotton, from the council’s markets team, is to be congratulated. She has not only offered trading opportunities to these young entrepreneurs but has nurtured them in the world of business, too. It gives me great confidence in the future of our sector to see young traders like Rose, Lauran, and Abbie, flourishing on their local markets.”