Customised mobile phone and tablet covers and accessories, luxury eyelashes, personalised photoframes and other gifts, comics, cards and collectables, and baked goods will be on sale at the market stalls run by young people between the ages of 16 and 25.
Organised in conjunction with Middlesbrough College, the aim of the Dundas Youth Market is to encourage young entrepreneurs to try their hand at trading for a day in a safe and supported environment, to see if they would consider it as a career. It follows on from Middlesbrough College’s Enterprise Week which encouraged their students to consider starting and running their own business.
“We want to show young people that setting up a successful business is a real possibility, perhaps instead of attending university, or by running a business alongside their education. We also want to encourage more young people into market trading,” says Dundas Market Centre Manager David Harris.
“Dundas Market is the acknowledged home of the entrepreneur in Middlesbrough, with many new businesses choosing to open here in the last 12 months. It’s a busy, lively and exciting market which is growing fast, so it’s an ideal platform for our young entrepreneurs.”
The stallholders range from experienced entrepreneurs with their own businesses to first time traders trying out a new idea.
Twenty-year old Sam Green has just quit his full-time job to focus on growing Caught Red Handed, his business selling bespoke frames and keepsakes. Sam had his first taste of business success at the age of 11, running a lemonade and cake stall at Captain Cook Primary School in Middlesbrough. He attended the first Dundas Youth Market last November (2017) and learned a great deal from that experience. Since then he has dropped his prices and expanded his range of photo frames to more than 100 which will be on sale at the Youth Market. Sam’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/caughtredhandedofficial His future plans include creating a wholesale range.
Travel and tourism students Jade McMenamin and Katelynn Newman won the Enterprise Award at Middlesbrough College’s Enterprise Week for their personalised frame business. Jade, 17, launched the business with her friend Katelynn, 19 after Jade posted on social media a picture of a small personalised bauble she made for her aunt for Christmas in memory of her late grandad. Following a great response Jade started selling these baubles over the Christmas period and made enough money to branch into photoframes and rose boxes.
Jade and Katelynn decided to attend the Youth Market following their success in the Enterprise Awards to see if their business idea can work on a bigger scale. Their products are available via their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/IDoFrames/
A first year Mechanical Engineering student at Teesside University, Abraar Mahfooz is the one of the most experienced traders at the Youth Market, having started his business in 2011 while still at school. 22-year-old Abraar trades on line as iGenius Mobile selling custom designed mobile phone and tablet covers and other accessories. His business has really taken off since he attended the first Youth Market in November 2017, and he is now taking orders not just from the UK, but also from the USA, Australia, Italy, France and even Algeria. His website is www.igeniusmobile.co.uk.
Alisha Sadiq is 19 years old and specialises in eyelashes and other beauty products. She has created a luxury brand of eyelashes – byalishasadiq – with an emphasis on quality, affordability and longevity, as she believes the price of luxury strip eyelashes on the market is too high. She will be selling her eyelashes and other products at the Youth Market. Her products are also available on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/byalishasadiq/
It is still possible to register to take part in the Youth Market. Details from http://www.dundasshoppingcentre.co.uk/dundas-youth-market/ or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.