February 9, 2012
We all know, or should, how conducive markets are to incubating small (and big) business ideas.
How starting at a market is affordable and accessible without going into serious debt or commitment to test a business idea, how it can be the most effective form of customer feedback when launching a new product, and how some of the most recognised brands we know of today where established at markets, or, their owner started their business career at a market stall.
For those that doubt the potential or have reservations at starting a business at a market, this should prove that anything is possible, it just takes a good idea, focus, determination and hard work, but then all business does.
Following is a list of just some of these amazing people, the one thing all these people have in common is that they all started out at a market stall and have achieved greatness. So if your thinking about starting at a market, dont wait any longer, be inspired, book the stall, and start building your own business empire today!
Of course if your not the empire building type, why not just build your own business at a market, have enormous fun, make great lifelong friends and earn a few pounds, market trading is probably the most satisfying experience you could ever have.
The list below is meant to be an inspirational list to show people their are no limits and no matter where in life you come from, if your desire is to make it big, you have the same opportunities as others, and of course being a success does not mean you have to leave the market to do so.
Comments are open, if you know of anybody not in the list please let us know we would love to hear from you.
John Hargreaves Matalan Liverpool Markets Selling M & S Seconds
Julian Dunkerton Supergroup, Superdry and Cult Clothing Cheltenham Markets Retro Items
Lord Alen Sugar The Apprentice, East End Markets Selling Beetroot
Sir Ken Morrison Morrisons, Bradford market Selling Eggs and Butter with father
Dave Whelan JJB Sports Blackburn Market Selling Toiletries
Chris Dawson The Range Plymouth Markets Selling Shellfish on his fathers stall
Peter Simon Monsoon Portobello Road Market Hand Knitted Coats
Bill Adderley Dunelm Mill Leicester Market Curtains
Mary Spiteri Tit fer Tat Greenwich Market Selling Trillby Hats
Lowell Harder Radley and Co Camden Market Leather Bags and Suitcases
Marco Cairns Duffer of Saint George Camden Market Vintage and dead stock clothing
Nita, Arun and Milan Shah Pepe Jeans Portobello Road Markets Custom Jeans
Roger Wade Box Fresh Greenwich and Camden Market Printed T-Shirts
Samantha Wagner Sambag Paddington markets, Bags and shoes (Australia)
Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke Sass and Bide Portobello Road Markets Customised jeans
Lara Boyle Beauty and the Bib, Greenwich Markets Babies Bibs
Mellissa Morgan Ms Cupcake Greenwich Markets Vegan Cakes
Wayne Hemingway Red or Dead, Camdon Markets, Second-Hand Clothing
Roman Abramovich Moscow, Rubber ducks and toys
Bill Cullen Dublin Markets, Fruit and Vegetables
Vivian Westwood Vivian Westwood, Portobello Road Markets, Jewellery
Jack Cohen Tesco, Hackney East End Markets, Surplus NAAFI Stock
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