Free pitches on local markets

Free market pitches are being offered at Horsham’s Mixed Market to budding small business owners who want to make their mark in the market and bring a new product to Horsham’s shoppers.

Horsham Markets has teamed up with the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs in the area to start up a business on the mixed market, which trades in the Carfax on Thursdays and in the Bishopric on Saturdays.

Through a scheme called First Pitch, supported by Horsham Markets, the town’s business owners of the future can trade on the market for up to 12 months at discounted rent and are given personalised support from the NMTF.

Joe Harrison, Chief Executive of the NMTF, said: “Many of our well-known brands started life on the markets and we know many people want to take that leap into starting their own business – First Pitch will give you the support you need to bring a product or service to the market.

“If you’re selected as a Finalist, you are given free membership of the NMTF, a free copy of a market trader training guide and a mentor, someone who has a wealth of business and market trading experience. Interested applicants need to apply by 15th March via”

Horsham Market Manager, Marion Carter, said: “Our town has a rich tradition in markets and in the past two years we have invested heavily to bring our markets into the 21st Century.

“Already the Local Produce Market has tripled in size and we now want to bring new traders into the Mixed Market with the help of this inspiring scheme.”

First Pitch is open to UK residents over 16 with less than six months experience of market trading.

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