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Young enterprise event calls for traders

PUBLISHED: 16:57 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:57 01 March 2018

Councilllor Samir Jassal

Councilllor Samir Jassal

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Young traders who are looking to kick-start their market trader careers, or are already trading, are being asked to come forward for an opportunity to be part of the council's GoTrade project.

Gravesham Borough Council is inviting young people aged between 18 and 30 to be part of a project that will give them the chance to travel to France to be part of a young enterprise event.

In coming forward they will also commit to doing some similar events in Gravesend Borough Market.

‘GoTrade’ stands for Growth of the Visitor Economy through Traditional Markets, Employment and Skills.

The aim of the project is to increase visitor footfall across a number of town centres by enhancing the visitor experience of traditional markets.

Cabinet member for business development, Cllr Samir Jassal, said: “We’re looking for either existing or new traders to get in touch with us if they want to really get a career as a market stall holder going.”

A maximum of five traders are needed and they will be required to participate in the event’s business support programme modules alongside other UK and French young entrepreneurs.

Part of the opportunity includes an overnight stay in Lumbres, Pas-de-Calais, France on Thursday March 22 and Friday March 23.

The focus for day one will be a team building exercise, market studies, finance and planning, customer service, marketing and communication and sales techniques.

On day two, attendees will need to prepare and present/pitch their business idea or existing business to a range of support professionals and stall-holders.

Following the event, attendees will be offered an opportunity to trade at future Gravesend Youth Market events and will be invited to another Youth Seminar in Gravesend in 2019.

Cllr Jassal added: “This is a really great opportunity to be part of the GoTrade project. Not only that but those who come forward will be matched with a French and UK Market specialist who will deliver and support them through the programme. For someone that really wants to shine in this area this is an opportunity not to be missed.”

If you are interested please contact chris.inwood@gravesham.gov.uk or call 01474 337258.

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