Belfast Telegraph

Food and craft creatives given opportunity to taste market

By Lesley Houston

Artisans and foodies keen to share their craft and culinary wares are being given the chance to test market trading as a business model.

Belfast City Council's business programme Market Start Up is returning to give budding entrepreneurs and new start businesses within the food and craft industries the chance to set their stall out, literally, at one of the city's most notable markets, St George's.

Participants on the programme will be given the chance to test trade their products at the busy city centre market, as well as in a 'pop-up' shop in the city.

Those chosen to get on to the programme will be able to take advantage of a range of workshops introducing them to market trading while also receiving one-to-one mentoring to help develop their business ideas.

Participants will also be provided with assistance to develop a targeted business plan and get the chance to participate in best practice visits to food and craft businesses in Belfast.

A number of new businesses have received the kick-start they needed through the scheme, including the Lily Pink Bakery.

Founder Claire Magowan, who works from her home on Belfast's Lisburn Road, said the scheme provided help with "everything from dealing with customers and the importance of originality right through to more practical issues, such as sourcing, packaging and financing".

The closing date for applications is Friday, August 30.

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