Success for young entrepreneurs in Young Trader Competition local heat in Bury St Edmunds

Kathryn Woor, from Duck Egg Designs, with her award at the Bury St Edmunds heat of the Young Trader Competition. Photo: West Suffolk Council.

After the successful local heat in Bury St Edmunds last week, entrepreneurs aged between 16 to 30 have another opportunity to participate again in the Young Trader Competition local heat in Newmarket on July 13.

Traders came from Haverhill, Ely, Cambridge and Ipswich to compete in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday, June 1, and were scored by a team of local judges on their products, customer service skills, professionalism and how they interact with other market traders.

A West Suffolk Council spokesperson said: “The NMTF Young Trader competition is a terrific opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their creativity, skills and talents whilst growing their businesses and networking with likeminded individuals.

“Each participant has worked exceptionally hard, and we are looking forward to seeing our talented young traders flourish at the local heat in Newmarket following the success of the heat in Bury St Edmunds.”

The young traders who won their category in the local heats are:

  • Overall winner: Kathryn Woor from Duck Egg Designs;
  • Arts and Crafts: Anna Joan Sutton from Anna Jone’s Art;
  • General Retail: Alyss Humprys from Moody Cow Crafts;
  • Food and Drink: Perry Runswick from Bad Boi Burritos;
  • Grocery: Georgina Crouchman from Gee Gee’s.

The following traders achieved highly commended awards in the local heats:

  • Arts and Crafts: Jack Williams from Zealous Alchemy;
  • Arts and Crafts: Joanne Fernando from JS Jewellery Crafts;
  • General Retail: Sophie Aris from Handmade Galore;
  • General Retail: Michael Hussein from Anubis Woodcraft;
  • Food and Drink: James Larder from Roasters Coffee Ltd;
  • Grocery: Amanda Hodgett from Meadow and Woodland Livestock.

The Young Trader Competition local heat in Newmarket will be held on Saturday, July 13, from 9am until 3pm.

The winners from each heat will then progress to the regional heat in Bury St Edmunds on July 31 then head to the national final in Stratford-upon-Avon to compete over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The NMTF Young Traders Market is a national campaign to encourage young people to trade at local markets. West Suffolk Council supports the event by supplying tables and gazebos, as well as covering insurance costs.

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