Craft and food entrepreneurs will be 'popping' up in Belfast over the next few weeks as part of Belfast City Council's market start-up programme.
Recruits will run their own pop-up shop in the Queen Street Studios building on Bedford Street from February 28 to March 9. Among the offerings at the We Make shop will be hand-printed fabrics and home accessories, bridal jewellery, photographic prints, paper crafts, cakes, waffles and Sri Lankan food.
Deirdre Hargey, chairperson of the council's development committee – which funds the market start-up programme, said: "This programme gives new businesses the chance to explore market trading and the pop-up shop as a practical option.
"It follows intensive workshops with successful traders and the creation of business plans for each new venture. I would urge locals and visitors alike to visit the pop-up shop to show their support.
"The vast majority of local business is made up of small traders, so it is vital that we encourage as many as possible to seize the opportunity to create their own business to help us build an exciting, wide ranging and unique sector.
"Doing this, we can boost our city, create jobs and improve our local shopping and trading environment."
The market start-up programme, run by Full Circle Management Solutions on behalf of Belfast City Council, offers workshops introducing market trading, one-to-one mentoring to develop ideas, visits to successful businesses and international food and craft events, a meet-the-buyer event and test trading opportunities at St George's Market.