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Boscombe Market start-up opportunity for local entrepreneurs

image001_2 Five free pitches are up for grabs at Boscombe Market for budding small business owners looking for an opportunity to showcase their product or service to local shoppers.

Boscombe Market has teamed up with the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs in the area to start up a business on the market.

Through a scheme called First Pitch, supported by Bournemouth Borough Council, Bournemouth’s small businesses owners of the future can trade on Boscombe Market for up to 12 months at discounted rents and are given personalised support from the NMTF.

Councillor Jane Kelly, Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Regeneration, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local new businesses that are looking for the opportunity to establish themselves and showcase their products to local shoppers. I fully support this initiative, which complements the current ongoing work in Boscombe to help establish new creative businesses in the area.”

Joe Harrison, Chief Executive of the NMTF, said: “Many of our well-known brands started life on the markets and we know many people want to take that leap into starting their own business – First Pitch will give the support needed to bring a product or service to the market.

“Businesses that are selected as a finalist will be given free membership of the NMTF, a free copy of a market trader training guide and a mentor, someone who has a wealth of business and market trading experience. Interested applicants need to apply by 19 April 2013 via”

First Pitch has received support from national government. Local Growth Minister, Mark Prisk, comments on the scheme:

“Markets are an excellent way for new businesses to make a start and can play a vital role in revitalising the local the high street and community.

“With First Pitch, young entrepreneurs can get the experience that only face-to-face trading can provide, engaging with their customers and getting first-hand feedback on their products.

“Alongside projects like the Government-backed Love Your Local Market campaign, First Pitch is helping the high street evolve, nurturing a new generation of entrepreneurs and bringing fresh ideas and new faces into local markets.”

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

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