Local people are being encouraged to come out and support Barnsley’s young market traders when they pitch up in the town centre on 30 June and trade at Barnsley Youth Market.
Young traders aged between 16 and 30 will showcase their wears to locals when they set up shop in market square, between May Day Green and Market Parade.
Stalls on offer will include sweets, children’s clothing and sewing kits, while Barnsley’s best young musicians will perform for shoppers.
While the stalls trade, a panel of expert judges will choose four young traders to represent Barnsley at the Yorkshire Youth Market - a regional final held on August 1 - at Kirkgate Market, Leeds.
From this event, at least one trader from Barnsley will be offered a pitch on the National Youth Market in Stratford-upon-Avon on 31 August and 1 September as they compete for the crown of National Young Trader of the Year.
Barnsley’s National Youth Market representative for 2017 – 18-year-old Rose Dyson from Silkstone – went on to scoop the crown of Young Trader of the Year after impressing judges with her cosmetics business, Pura Cosmetics.
Now Rose is turning judge, passing on her trading expertise to the youth market class of 2018.
Rose said: “Barnsley Youth Market is a fantastic occasion that gives young traders the chance to show off their trading skills in front of hundreds of local shoppers; it really gave me a boost to have that experience of trading in the town centre.
“I’d encourage local people to come out and support the next generation of market traders. It’s going to be a fun day and the traders will need all the support they can get as they go on to represent Barnsley in the regional and national finals.”
The annual event - part of a family of youth markets being delivered by local authorities across Yorkshire - is being supported by the trade association for market traders, the NMTF, and Barnsley Council.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “Markets are part of the heritage of our town, but they are also part of the future.
“Our young people have great talent and enthusiasm and we can support them to launch their business idea. I would encourage the people of Barnsley to come down and support the young entrepreneurs as well as the wider market and town centre businesses.”