Tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit of young people in Leeds

5 Jul 2016

Hammerson partnered with Leeds Kirkgate Market to bring the first Teenage Market to Leeds ton Saturday 2 July, for what turned out to be a very exciting day of trading.

The day saw 26 enthusiastic young businesses and start-ups run their own stalls and participate in the thriving trade of Kirkgate Markets. For many this was their first time selling their trade to the public, with every stall making a sale.

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.

The Teenage Market Concept

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 toengage 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.  It

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.

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

MaryPortas, Retail Expert and Government Advisor