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The Young Traders’ Market will return on Saturday 13 July at Sandwell Valley. It is part of Sandwell’s SHAPE Youth Summer Fest 2024.

Sandwell Council is inviting individuals aged 16 to 30 who own a small business to trade at the market.

What is SHAPE?

SHAPE is a Child’s Voice Initiative, designed to listen to children and young people in Sandwell.

It focuses on the five Every Child Matters outcomes:

  • Staying safe
  • Being healthy
  • Enjoying and achieving
  • Making a positive contribution
  • Economic wellbeing.

The SHAPE Programme hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the SHAPE Youth Summer Fest, SHAPE Youth Forum, and SHAPE Your Talent.

Young Traders’ Market

The Young Traders’ Market is part of the national Young Traders’ Market programme, where entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 30 get the opportunity to sell their goods. 

The market is taking place on Saturday 13 July, from 12pm – 8pm at Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich.

Anyone taking part in the national Young Traders’ Market programme can have a stall for free at the Sandwell market. They will also have a chance to enter for the National Young Traders’ competition, which the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) is running.

If you are between 16 and 30 years old and wish to enter the competition, please apply via the Just Youth website.

Although the National Young Traders’ competition is for 16 – 30 year olds to trade and compete in, this year it is also welcoming anyone over the age of 30 to trade at the festival. Stalls cost £10.

Apply for a stall here.

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 May. The organisers may close this sooner if it reaches full capacity.


The festival is tailored for children and young people, so no alcohol, tobacco or any other smoking accessories will be allowed on site.

To trade at this event, all food traders must maintain a four or five food hygiene rating standard (FHRS).

How to register

For more information and to register for a stall go to www.justyouth.org.uk/ytm-info.

If you have any questions please email shape_events@sandwell.gov.uk.

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