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Gravesend calls on young entrepreneurs to create youth market

PUBLISHED: 11:38 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:38 05 August 2016

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Gravesham Borough Council apprentices are leading the project

Young people aged 16 to 24 are being encouraged to show off their salesmanship to boost plans for a youth market.

Ahead of Gravesend’s market hall reopening later this year, the borough is looking for young entrepreneurs to sell their wears.

Cabinet member for tourism and young people, Jordan Meade, said: “The Interface Experience has been thought up by our apprentices.

“When our new market hall opens later this year, we want to be able to give young people a chance to sell their things in there too.

“The idea being that if we get enough interest then once a month we can have a youth market.”

Gravesham Borough Council currently has eight apprentices involved in the project.

Eighteen-year-old business support apprentice Toby Gilhooly is leading the project.

He said: “We’re looking for young people who want to be involved in our new youth market and to make good use of this market as a platform to inspire them towards greater business activity.

“Whatever their business idea, this may be the opportunity they need to kick-start their business and to experience trading, many for the first time.”

If this sounds like something you’d like to get involved with, or you know someone who might be interested then get them to contact the council. Email interface@gravesham.gov.uk

Cllr Meade added: “We are pleased with the expressions of interest that we have received to date from young people, but we welcome more.

“We really want to support our young people in the borough and we feel that a youth market is one way we can do this. This has never been done before in Gravesham so we’re really keen to get the word out and inspire our young entrepreneurs.”

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