Young Traders (aged 16 – 25)

Turn your idea in to your business!

Artist, baker, designer, crafter, photographer, florist, tailor?

Whatever your skills if you have a business idea and you are not sure what to do next – we can help! Whether it’s a hobby or part of your big plan, becoming a market trader can be a brilliant way to get your business off the ground.

Young traders can bring vibrancy to a existing market, with new ideas, different products and an enthusiasm to succeed. And social media networks are a great way to promote yourself and attract potential customers.

Being your own boss will help to develop and hone new skills such as marketing, sales, accounting and business networking. You will also develop personal qualities such as self-discipline, time management and effective communications.

How can we help?

Our Market Manager, Simon has over 40 years of market trading experience. Simon is happy to talk to you about what Swadlincote Market has to offer, share his expertise, and chat to you about your plans. You can contact him on 07784 033414 or by email:

South Derbyshire District Council also offer a free Business Advice Service

Other Business Support

Trade Associations for Market Traders

The National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) is the only national trade association for market and street traders, events retailers, and mobile caterers in the UK.

Members of the NMTF have access to expertise and guidance, discounts for training, supplier discounts, insurance for your business and more.

They have put together a trader start-up guide to get you started as a market trader, you can access the guide via here: Market Trader Start-Up Guide

In addition to the support that the NMTF offer, they host an annual Young Traders campaign. If you’d like to find out more about the campaign, check out the information here:

D2N2 offer start up advice and support for new businesses through their Growth Hub, which includes free business events and expert business advisers.  You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn to find out more.

The Government website has a dedicated section on business start-ups, you can find out more information via this link:

BBC Bitesize offer an interesting insight to business and careers aimed at younger entrepreneurs, find out more here: or here:

Information on finance and support for businesses can be found in a few places, including your bank.

Another good place to start is the Prince’s Trust. This organisation offers some fantastic resources for young people who are starting their own business. With over 30 years of experience in getting young people set up in business, they have a range of hints, tips and videos. You can take a look at their free resources here: