Birchwood hosted Skelmersdales first ever Teenage Market at West Lancashire College on Saturday, November 25 and organisers are hailing it as a “huge success”.
West Lancashire College were delighted to team up with Birchwood to host the Teenage Market along with their Open Day.
A total of 18 young independent entrepreneurs, many first time traders were able to showcase their creativity and talent selling a wide range of high quality products, including handmade upcycled gifts, bespoke prints, cards, clothing, confectionary, bath products jewellery and crafts.
The market also staged live music from young bands, singers and dance performances.
Visitors were also able to have their photos taken in the Teenage Market photo booth and have a go at a range of activities including inflatable archery, smoothie bike and other sporting activities
The college was buzzing with a footfall of more than 400. Visitors were able to purchase some gift items produced by college students and stallholders from The Teenage Market.
The college holds a charity Christmas Market each year for students to produce and sell gift items and services to develop their enterprise and corporate social responsibility skills.
This year they joined up with The Teenage Market, a national initiative aimed at transforming towns and city centres with the creativity of young people.
Denise Williamson, principal at West Lancashire College, said: “We were truly inspired by the talents of the young people attending the Teenage Market and are very proud of the contribution they make to our local community. Congratulations to all involved.”
Birchwood a young person’s charity were determined to bring the Teenage Market to Skelmersdale Stella Connell the Birchwood chief executive said: “It was an amazing first for Skelmersdale and I am delighted that we are giving young people a free platform to showcase their business talents and creative skills, Birchwood were delighted to be at the forefront of this event.”
She also went on to thank all the partners involved this included West Lancashire College, Well Skelmersdale, The Artz Centre and the E rooms, but in particular wanted to thank Gabrielle Aspinall and Grace Vella, “two young volunteers who worked tirelessly to make sure the event was high quality and that everyone involved had an amazing experience.”
Councillor Neil Furey, the Mayor of West Lancashire said: “The whole market was buzzing with live performances and traders. I was really impressed by the quality of the stalls and the event, so much so that this needs to be a regular event in West Lancashire.”
Leader of the Labour Council Ian Moran added: “We need to support our young entrepreneurs, we need to breathe life into our traditional markets and the Teenage Markets is a great way to do this.”
Teenage Markets are already established in various locations across the country and have been highly praised by shopping guru Mary Portas.