Market aiming to help new traders

A ONE-off market planned for Whitley Bay aims to help would-be retailers try their hand at selling.

The event will be held on Saturday from 10am to 4pm in a specially-built marquee in Whitley Road.

It will showcase a mix of entrepreneurs and cottage industries from right across the borough, with everything from dog walkers to food sellers.

Stalls on the market have been let on the basis of a ‘table for a tenner’ to encourage new start-ups and small businesses to get involved.

Deputy Mayor Judith Wallace said: “This unique event will provide budding businesses with a platform to present their goods and services to the buying public, at a very low cost.

“I’d like to encourage local residents to come along and support these small cottage industries, and I hope that this event acts as a launch pad for many more successful small businesses in the borough.”

The Whitley Bay market has been organised to coincide with National Markets Day on June 23.

The event will also see students from Churchill Community College in Wallsend selling hand-made goods from their own special ‘Shoplet’.

The Year 10 students have been involved in a project focused on exploring retail as a career and, working with a local entrepreneur, they have developed a business plan for making and selling cupcakes.

Alongside the market stalls, funfair rides and performers will offer entertainment for the whole family, creating a real carnival atmosphere.

Visitors will also get the chance to discover the many independent shops and places to relax and play in Whitley Bay.

The Whitley Bay market event is supported by the North Tyneside Business Factory, whose advisers will also be on hand during the day to offer support to those thinking of starting a business.