Budding young entrepreneurs who run their own market stall in Hackney have been nominated for a prestigious national award.
The social enterprise group at Gascoyne and Morningside Youth Clubs is in the running for the National Market Traders’ Federation (NMTF) Young Trader of the Year award.
The winner will be decided at the NMTF’s upcoming National Youth Market, taking place in Stratford-upon-Avon on 31 August and 1 September, where the youth clubs will trade alongside 26 other businesses run by young people aged 16-30.
Gascoyne and Morningside Youth Clubs provide a safe and relaxed space for young people to meet up and socialise, and run a wide variety of projects and events with support from local organisations including Sanctuary Housing.
Each week, members of the social enterprise group attend local markets in Hackney to sell their own hand-made products including bath bombs, lip balms, soaps and T-shirts.
As well as teaching key business skills such as budgeting and stock control, the project highlights the importance of teamwork and good communication.
Nicolette Nixon, who runs Gascoyne and Morningside Youth Clubs, said: “The market project has produced such positive outcomes for our young people, who have grown in confidence and demonstrated great teamwork and professionalism.
“We are very proud of what they have already accomplished and excited to see what they can go on to achieve.”
Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “Being nominated for a national award is an outstanding achievement and something these talented young people and everyone at the youth clubs should be very proud of.
“We are committed to investing in our communities and supporting projects that help our residents learn new skills and lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.”
The National Youth Market celebrates young entrepreneurs trading at markets, festivals and fairs. This year’s event is being run by the NMTF and hosted by LSD Promotions, with the support of Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council.
The NMTF, founded in 1899, is the only national trade association for market and street traders, events retailers and mobile caterers in the UK.