Teenage Market Comes to Leeds

30 Jun 2016

Tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit of young people in Leeds

Some positive news in what could safely be described as a bit of a gloomy week! Hammerson has partnered with Leeds Kirkgate Market to bring the first Teenage Market to Leeds this Saturday, 2 July, for what promises to be a very exciting day of trading.

The Teenage Market was created by young brothers Tom and Joe Barratt in their hometown of Stockport, in order to find a way to revitalise the town’s market area. This great concept provides a unique opportunity for young people to engage in enterprise and showcase their talent, whether starting out trading or currently operating as a business.

Held in Stockport, the First Teenage Market was developed with the help and support of Stockport’s Market Manager Paul Downs and his team, immediately captured people’s imaginations, becoming an instant hit with young people all over the North West. Over seventy traders and twenty performers participated attracting large scale media attention, including retail expert Mary Portas.

“The Teenage Market is game-changing. It’s unique, innovative and inspiring.”

– Mary Portas, Retail Expert and Government Advisor

The Leeds Teenage Market looks like it will be equally successful judging by the enthusiastic response from local young people. All the stalls have been booked and we are currently running a substantial waiting list.

Our Victoria Gate Community Plan focusing on Arts & Culture and Employment, Skills & Enterprise underpins Hammerson’s community investment activity across the city. Delivering Leeds’ Teenage Market in partnership with Leeds Kirkgate Market is a great example of Hammerson’s commitment to working in collaboration with local partners and stakeholders to deliver projects and initiatives that directly support the interests, talents and skills within the local community. It is also an excellent example of why this approach is so important – tapping into and supporting local talent is good news for everyone.

There will be lots of social media on the day so look out for it or, better still, go along on Saturday and have a look.

Louise Ellison, Head of Sustainability, Hammerson

June 2016