The first Teenage Market in the UK took place in Stockport in 2012 and since then they have spread all over England and to Scotland as well. A Teenage Market harnesses the enthusiasm and talents of the young people in a town and encourages them to be entrepreneurial, trial new business ideas and sell creative products. It will also feature a stage with young performers. The great news is that that the first Teenage Market in Barnet was held on Saturday, 31st March, 2018. It took place on the bandstand site in Stapylton Road and will follow on from the traditional market. Thereafter, there will be one each month for the pilot period of a year. If you are 23 or under and are interested in being a part of it, here is what you need to do:
- As an individual trader, you register on www.theteenagemarket.co.uk. You’ll then be able to pitch for a place at the Market.
- It is free to most teenage traders. The stall will cost nothing and the basic public indemnity is paid for.
- If you are selling food and drink you’ll need to get your own Environmental Health clearance – and if you’re doing something unusual and possibly dangerous then you’ll need your own insurance.
- If you are a trader under 18 years old, then you’ll need to bring a responsible adult with you to help run the stall.
- We will not be providing things to sell, or a starter pack of money for change. These are your jobs.
- You need to be at the market ahead of time to set up your stall ready for 4:00pm, the start of the Market.
- You will need to be prepared to stay on after 7:30 to clear away your stall. The stall must be active until then.
Bringing the Teenage Market concept to Barnet is the work of Bob Burstow who has worked tirelessly to obtain backing and encourage participation.
View of Barnet’s first Teenage Market held on 31st March, 2018