July 9, 2012 MEN Media
Two brothers who organised the region’s first market for teenage stallholders to encourage people to shop locally have received a £55,000 funding boost to make it a permanent fixture.
Joe Barratt, 19, a drama and screen studies student at Manchester University, and Tom, 17, who is due to start an arts and design course at Manchester Metropolitan University in September, organised the first Teenage Market in April.
The event at Stockport Market Hall attracted hundreds of people and featured 60 teenage stall holders selling items including t-shirts, jewellery, vintage clothing and fine art. Following its success, the pair applied for funding from Stockport council’s Business Challenge Fund to put on a teenage market every week.
After a Dragons’ Den-style pitch, the brothers were successful. They received funding to hold teenage markets at a large retail unit next to Stockport Market Hall.
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