Innovative Teenage Market initiative comes to Melton

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An innovative scheme helping budding young entrepreneurs to enter the world of business is coming to Melton.

The Melton Business Improvement District (BID) is giving young traders and performers a chance to showcase their creative products and talents for free at the town’s first Teenage Market.

The Teenage Market is a growing nationwide initiative set up by teenage brothers Joe and Tom Barratt in Stockport as a way to support local young people and transform town centres. The success of the initiative has led retail guru Mary Portas to describe it as being ‘innovative and inspiring’.

It’s hoped the initiative - taking place in Melton’s Market Place on September 19 - will also boost footfall and spending in the town.

The Melton BID has been working on the scheme in partnership with Melton Council.

Co-creator of The Teenage Market Joe Barratt said: “The Teenage Market really is the key to identifying a new generation of market traders by making young people an active part of our town centres.

“We’re delighted that Melton is giving young people a free platform to get their businesses off the ground and showcase their creative talents.

“I’d encourage any creative young person to get involved with The Teenage Market as there are so many positive opportunities that can come out of it.”

Getting involved couldn’t be simpler. Simply create your trader or performer profile on the Teenage Market website and then apply to take part in the Melton Teenage Market on September 19. After you’ve applied to take part, the organisers will be in touch to let you know if you have been allocated a free stall or performance slot.

To apply to be a trader or performer visit

For more details visit Melton BID’s website or follow them on Twitter @MeltonBid