Some of the city’s most creative and entrepreneurial young traders gathered at Trinity Market on Saturday to take part in a competition to find the National Market Traders Federation’s (NMTF) Young Trader of the Year.
Thirteen traders from across the city wowed a panel of judges who then had the difficult task of selecting just four to represent Hull at a regional round in York later this year.
Lord Mayor of Hull, Councillor Steve Wilson, one of the judges, said: “The enthusiasm and the consideration of these young traders and entrepreneurs is absolutely fantastic, especially in terms of how they source their goods and the ethical considerations they take.
“They are all gambling but there is room for these independent, artisan entrepreneurs to come in and they showing Hull what they have got to offer – it’s absolutely brilliant.”
The four traders who were selected to go through to the next round in York were Kallum Nicholson from Eco Shed, Anna Beaumont from Cone Queen, Samson from Romelle Original and Cloie from Cloie Couture.
Latest figures from HullBID show 41 per cent of retail units in Hull city centre are independent.
Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, said: “Hull is a city which supports and promotes young, creative and hard-working people.
“Young traders are vitally important for the growth and sustainability of the market culture in Britain.”