The Teenage Market Featuring Young Entrepeneurs From All Over Cumbria Heads To Carlisle

A Teenage Market, made up of young entrepreneurs from all over Cumbria is heading to Carlisle this week.

Youngsters from Carlisle, Workington, Whitehaven, Aspatria and Keswick, will be bringing their businesses and ideas to Carlisle’s city centre this Saturday, April 22.

Supported by the High Street Taskforce and Cumberland Council, it’ll be the first time the Teenage Market is held in the city.

Stallholders aged between 8 and 25 will be taking part in the event, which will be staged outside the Old Town Hall between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

The Teenage Market is a fast-growing nationwide initiative set up by teenage brothers Joe and Tom Barratt in Stockport transforming our town and city centres with the creativity of young people.

Supporters of The Teenage Market include businessman Theo Paphitis, designer Wayne Hemingway and retail guru Mary Portas, who described the initiative as being “innovative and inspiring”.

Organiser’s of the Carlisle event have had to extend the number of stalls available due to unprecedented demand. There will be 30 stalls, and all are now fully booked.

Local youth organisations are also having stalls with products made by their young people. They include Carlisle College, Carlisle Youth Zone and James Rennie School.

In addition to stalls, there will also be live music throughout the event. Local performers include Northern Heights dance school, local band The Spectrum and solo performances from young local singers. Performers’ ages range from 10 to 22 years.

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 are delighted that Carlisle is giving young people a free platform to get their businesses off the ground and showcase their creative talents.”

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