Young Louth market traders earn council’s backing

Louth's youngest market trader Hannah Bristow.
Louth's youngest market trader Hannah Bristow.

Louth’s two youngest market stall traders are being given the backing to make their business ventures even more successful by the local council.

Hannah Bristow, 21, and James Simpson, 22, have gained support from East Lindsey District Council, who run Louth market, in conjunction with the National Market Traders’ Federation.

As part of the First Pitch Scheme the duo will enjoy free rent throughout Love Your Local Market fortnight, from May 15 to 29, followed by a 50 per cent reduction in June and July and one free stall per month from August until May 2014.

The backing is part of a drive to both support existing traders and attract new ones in order to help the market grow.

Hannah, who set up her own coffee stall after working in her parents’ café for 18 months, said: “I am very customer focussed so markets suit me very well.

“I come from a catering background and love coffee so it is great to be able to do this.

“The other market traders are all great have helped me out a lot. I really love it.”

And James, whose colourful Saturday toy stall was inspired by his own young children, added: “I had been thinking about trading on markets for a while so spoke to a few people about it and it just went from there. “I trade once a week at the moment but am hoping that I will be able to start to trade on four or five different markets a week and eventually open a toy shop.”

Both will also get the option of a free mentor and membership to the National Market Traders’ federation for a year.

At the end of the 12 months, they will be invited to a markets masterclass and awards ceremony with other First Pitchers from across the country where one will bag £2,000 to boost their business to the next level.

The council’s portfolio holder for economic development, councillor Craig Leyland, said: “It is vital to the future of the markets that we support both existing but also new traders.

“The more choice we can give to visitors, the more successful and popular the markets can become.

“Building on the solid foundations which our regular traders offer, we hope to introduce new products and ideas over the coming months and, in conjunction with the National Market Traders’ Federation, offer incentives to new traders which will ultimately benefit everyone.”

It is hoped that more new traders will join markets across the district, with the district council supporting two more new businesses through the First Pitch scheme next year.

Anyone interested in applying for a market stall on any of the East Lindsey District Council markets can call 01507 613532 or email markets@e-lindsey.gov.uk for more information.

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