Exciting opportunity for crafty entrepreneurs

29 Jul 2019

West Suffolk Council has teamed up with community artist Louise Gridley to launch a free training programme for crafty entrepreneurs looking to start-up a market trading business.

The programme is designed to help craftspeople and makers who have fully developed their creative skills but do not yet have the business knowledge or support to set up as a market trader.

The aim is to provide business support and mentoring through a series of workshop sessions, tailored to the needs of a potential market maker.

There are six opportunities in each of the following market towns:

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Haverhill
  • Mildenhall
  • Newmarket

Louise said: “There is a wealth of creative talent in our region. Many people just need a helping hand in accessing the work arena and getting their business up and running. This is a fantastic opportunity to set makers on their journey.”

Cllr Peter Stevens, West Suffolk Council’s Cabinet Member for Operations which includes the markets, said: “Our markets are a great place to turn a hobby into a business and to showcase creative skills, so we are delighted to be offering this free training programme.”

The application process goes live on Friday 2 August. Applications are welcome from those whose business is at the concept stage or early start-up stage. Eligible applicants will not have any previous experience of trading as a market maker.

Successful applicants must be available to attend key training sessions in the autumn. All makers will work towards launching their business at the Christmas Fayre in Bury St Edmunds at the end of November.

For further information or to obtain a copy of the application form, please contact Sharon.fairweather@westsuffolk.gov.uk. The closing date for applications will be Friday 13 September.

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