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National award a step closer for young South Wales traders

Four South Wales market traders are to showcase their skills in the final of a UK-wide competition.

Caerynys Shed Jewellery

They were the highest placed competitors in the National Young Traders Market Competition regional final held in Swansea city centre.

They are Swansea-based Caitlin Penry, of Caerynys Shed Jewellery, Anthony Johnson, of AJ The Confectionist (Llanelli), Bianca Samuel, of Austringer Cider (Port Talbot) and Harry White, of Blanc Homeware (Brecon).

The South Wales final was hosted by the council-managed Swansea Market. The event was funded through the Welsh Government Transforming Towns Town Centre Business Fund.

Council joint deputy leader and cabinet member David Hopkins said: “Our judges were impressed with the quality of the offers and the ambitions of the young traders.  We wish them all the very best as they continue their endeavours in market trading.”

Swansea Market traders showed their support of the young traders.

Wayne Holmes, of Market Spares, said: “It was fantastic to see the next generation of traders with products that you don’t normally find in a traditional market.”

Ian Curtis, of Storm In A Teacup, said: “It was encouraging to see young traders starting out in their businesses. Hopefully they’ll join us permanently in our market soon.”

The competition, open to any young trader aged 16-30, is run by the National Market Traders’ Federation (NMTF).

They were judged – by Swansea Market supervisor Darren Cox and young entrepreneurs Joelle Drummond and Sarah McNena, of Swansea’s Drop Bear Beer Company.

The national final is due to take place in Stratford upon Avon on August 25 and 26.