A group of young entrepreneurs from Manchester have test traded their business ideas in the very first Manchester Youth Market pop up shop.
Eight traders, aged 16 to 30, launched their products at a pop up shop above Goodstock, the flagship pre-loved clothing store run by the charity vInspired, on Oxford Road in the centre of Manchester. Partners and key members of the Manchester Youth Market project attended the event including the newly appointed Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councilor Carl Austin-Behan.
The young entrepreneurs have built up their businesses from scratch with the help of the Manchester Youth Market. Their businesses range from bespoke vintage fashions and handmade home ware to food stalls and commercial film services.
In preparation for the event, Goodstock was fitted out to a high standard with a contemporary design thanks to a generous donation by Footasylum. The traders were also invited to a Q & A interview session with David Makin, co-founder of UK retail giants JD Sports and Footasylum.
David shared his retail expertise and advice with the young entrepreneurs and spoke in depth on how he set up JD Sports with co – founder John Wardle, the ups and downs they faced and gave his top tips in successfully managing and running a retail business within a competitive field.
Chris Bird, Fundraising Chairman of the We Love MCR Charity commented, ‘The idea for the Manchester Youth Market started 18 months ago so it was great to see the project finally come to life. We have a determined bunch of traders trading their own unique products. We are looking forward to setting up the shop permanently and introducing more traders onto the project.’
The Manchester Youth Market pop up shop in Goodstock is set to open later this year.
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