Teenage Market proposed for Diss town centre

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A special market geared around encouraging young people to harness their entrepreneurial spirit could be in the pipeline for Diss.

A proposal from national youth initiative The Teenage Market, which sets up opportunities for young people to trade at their local market, was considered during a meeting of Diss Town Council’s Tourism, Leisure and Communities Committee on Wednesday afternoon.

Formed in 2012 by teenaged brothers Joe and Tom Barratt, the Teenage Market is a project that describes its aims as “using the power of digital technology to connect young people to their local market and town centre,” and currently operates in 15 locations spread across the country, including Croydon, Manchester and Wolverhampton.

Co-founder Joe Barratt said: “Bringing The Teenage Market to Diss is part of our national campaign to set up the initiative in every town and city in the country so that young people can benefit from a free platform to showcase their creative talents.

“We hope that Diss Town Council recognise the huge positive impact that running a Teenage Market can bring to the local community and decide to purchase a licence.”

Deputy town clerk Sarah Richards confirmed no decision had yet been made, but the council would communicate with other areas where the scheme was in place and liaise with Diss High School to gauge the demand for such a market.

To find out more about the project, visit www.theteenagemarket.co.uk