Causeway Chronicle

Budding entrepreneurs take the spotlight at inaugural Causeway Youth Market

Young entrepreneurs from across Causeway Coast and Glens came together in Coleraine town centre on Saturday to showcase their products at Council’s inaugural youth market.

The Causeway Young Traders Market, the first of its kind, was specifically designed to promote the young creative and artisan talents displayed across the Borough.

A total of 24 young traders attended the event at The Diamond, with products ranging from candles to clothing.  

The Deputy Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Margaret-Anne McKillop said: “I was very proud to see the budding talents on display from people in this area.

“The event was hugely successful, with dozens of young traders showcasing a variety a wonderful products. I witnessed a lot of great potential from these young people, which I am certain will continue to develop in years to come.”

Seven of the traders at the Causeway Youth Market have been selected by an independent panel to showcase their products the Young Traders Regional Final, set to be held at St George’s Market, Belfast on June 8th &9th.

Ross Christie of Halfpenny Treasures was chosen as the overall winner of the Causeway heat of the competition, while the six commended were as follows:

  • Chala Chai – Andrew McGuire
  • Component Crafts – Tim Law
  • Mini stitcher – Becky Gibson
  • The Giants Glow – Philip Patterson
  • Caitlin McCraken Art – Caitlin McCracken
  • Crafty Little One – Shannon McGorrey

Ross said: “I am so grateful to be awarded first place at the competition. It was a busy location with many talented fellow artisans.

“I now look forward to progressing in the competition and displaying my metal creations at St George’s Market, Belfast.”

Following the success of this inaugural youth market, Council hope to run similar events in the future to continue supporting the next generation of artisans and creatives in the Borough.

Deputy Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Margaret-Anne McKillop pictured along with 2023 Young Trader of the Year, Kirsty McCleary and Patrick Frazer and National Markets Association’s Chief Executive, Joe Harrison.

Rachel Adcock of Burrow Crafts at the Youth Market along with Deputy Mayor Cllr Margaret-Anne McKillop.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Margaret-Anne McKillop along with trader, Ross Christie of Halfpenny Treasures.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Margaret-Anne McKillop along with Trader Abigail McMullan of Eco Wicks.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Margaret-Anne McKillop along with Erin Honeyford and Colleen Martin from Aspire Aromas, part of Social Enterprise CIC.

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