Stockport Express

Entreprene­ur brothers idea goes nationwide

- KATHERINE BAINBRIDGE katherine,bainbridge@menmedia.co.uk @KBainbridg­eMEN

ASCHEME that offers a free platform for young entreprene­urs to show off their business idea that started in Stockport has now expanded to 21 other towns across the UK.

The Teenage Market was the brainchild of brothers Tom and Joe Barratt, from Woodley, who came up with it as a way of attracting young people to the town’s historic market area.

The first event in April 2012 was attended by thousands of people, and resulted in the brothers winning £55,000 from Stockport Council’s Business Challenge Fund to turn the idea into a sustainabl­e business.

The funding was used to develop a web portal that enables other towns and cities to organise their own events by producing a Teenage Market licence package.

Those that have done so include Barnsley, Croydon, Dewsbury, Dudley, Eccles, Huddersfie­ld, Middleton, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhamp­ton.

Joe, 22, runs the day-today business of the Teenage Market, developing and promoting the brand across the country, while Tom, 20, studies at Central Saint Martins art college in London, and runs his own club nights and fashion events.

Youngest brother James, 18, is a singer-songwriter and was able to use the Teenage Market events to gain experience as a performer. He has now been offered a place at Leeds College of Music.

Joe said: “I know from my own personal experience how beneficial the opportunit­ies created by the Teenage Market can be to help you develop your own personal skills and talents.

“Getting hands-on experience as a trader can be inspiratio­nal for young people who may be thinking about starting their own business as a career option.

“I believe that every town in the UK would benefit from running their own Teenage Market, as it brings the community together and instils a sense of civic pride among young people.”

The Teenage Market is supported by the National Associatio­n of British Market Authoritie­s (NAMBA) and was described as ‘unique, inspiring and game changing’ by the Queen of Shops herself, Mary Portas.

Julian Dobson, author of How To Dave Our Town Centres, said: “The Teenage Market is a fantastic and cost-effective way to being a real buzz into a town centre.”

For more informatio­n visit theteenage­market. co.uk.

 ??  ?? From left are brothers James, Tom and Joe Barratt who founded and run the Teenage Market
From left are brothers James, Tom and Joe Barratt who founded and run the Teenage Market

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