National market traders competition comes to Horsham

Published: 21 Apr 2023

Food by Georgia market stall

Excitement is now brewing amongst local market entrepreneurs who will be competing to be 2023’s UK Young Trader of the Year in Horsham on Sunday 30 April.

The local heat of the national competition will take place in Horsham town centre’s Bishopric area in West Street.

This is the first time Horsham will be the venue for a local heat of this popular national Market Traders Federation (NMTF) Young Traders Market competition and winners will go forward to a regional final at Borough Market in London and then potentially the national final at Stratford-on-Avon later this summer.

Everyone is invited to come along and support some of our most exciting young businesspeople as well as enjoying a broad range of delicious street food and live entertainment with interactive circus skills, and the opportunity to shop local from surrounding businesses from 11am to 3pm.

Organised by Horsham District Council in association with the NMTF and the District’s local market operators, this will be a great event for visitors and traders alike with a wide range of up-and-coming younger businesses showcased. Stalls are still being reserved but already you can expect to find Handmade chocolates, Cakes and savouries, Bags and Accessories, Crochet & home décor, Eco – household and self-care refills and artisan liqueurs.

Circus skills

There will be a limited quantity of the new District Markets/King’s Coronation exclusive shopping bags available for some lucky purchasers on the day, so it will be worth checking out each stall’s wares. The fantastic locally based ‘Poi Passion’ will be bringing their special blend of circus performance and skills workshops to the event, entertaining adults, and children in equal measure.

The local judges will be led by a skilled team from the NMTF and include local renowned businessman John Bartlett, who traded for many years in the Carfax as Sussex Faire, Ben Morris, Editor of All About Horsham Magazine and Sarah Gorrell from BBC Radio South – all passionate enthusiasts for local markets and independent businesses.

The NMTF Market is one element of a wider Horsham District Council spring campaign to attract new and younger traders for all of the District’s market operators, and many of the markets will be represented on the day with a ‘drop-in’ stall providing advice and information for anyone considering trying a market stall.