Pitches bring new products to the markets

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A NUMBER of free pitches are going on Northumberland markets to budding small business owners who want to bring a new product to the towns’ shoppers.

Local markets have teamed up with the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to start up a business on the market.

Through a scheme called First Pitch, candidates are asked to submit an idea for a product or service that they think they can sell at their local market.

Small business owners of the future can trade on all markets in Northumberland for up to 12 months at discounted rent and are given support from the NMTF.

Andy Rutherford, Northumberland County Council’s head of highways and neighbourhood services, said: “All Northumberland County Council markets will participate in this unique opportunity in conjunction with the NMTF and will assist potential entrepreneurs to establish themselves in what is a unique business opportunity.

“We are really pleased to be a part of it.”

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

Candidates are asked to submit an idea for a product or service that they think they can sell at their local market.

Interested applicants can apply online at www.nmtf.co.uk by Friday, April 19.