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In 2017 there will be a new element aimed at young entrepreneurs.

The 'Introducing…' young makers market is offering a six creative start-up businesses the opportunity to not only trade for free, to a potential footfall of thousands, but also to get free business advice and attend a design workshop.

It has long been an ambition of ours to put younger producers on centre-stage. Now we have been able to offer these pitches at the festival, and support for fledgling businesses from Nat West and The Design Hive. It is aimed at local 16 - 24-year-olds who are just starting out in trading. They might have started selling to friends, been selling online or this might be just the opportunity that sees them put a bright idea into action. We want to help young people, making their own products, develop some seriously good businesses. There DO NOT have to be just about food.


What's on offer

The offer is open to any young person with a good idea or products to sell at the Eat: Wellington festival on 2 September.
The Festival organisers will offer a free pitch and guidance on trading.
The Design Hive will offer design advice and Nat West is offering business and banking guidance.
Also on offer is access to local business people who have set up their own successful businesses and are happy to offer their advice and encouragement.

Mel Downing, owner of The Design Hive is offering a free workshop seminar. She said, "The idea is to give traders a head start and put them ahead of the game, so that they can make a great first impression. At the workshop, they will be working on a professional logo design and then using their businesses products and discussing how we can photograph these to create display materials."

Andy Light is a Business Growth Enabler at Nat West. They are offering a 1-2-1 appointment to talk through the setup process for a micro business.

"Start-up businesses often just need the confidence to move forward knowing that they have covered all the important bits. At Nat West we are more than happy to make sure you have covered all aspects of your business and if you have overlooked something then we can bring it to your attention before it becomes an issue. Don't be afraid to ask, no question is a stupid question when starting up in business and we should be able to steer you in the right direction every time"

To apply for one of the free pitches prospective traders need to download a short application form from HERE or email wellyfoodfest@gmail.com.




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