‘Next Branson’ opens event

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One of Britain’s brightest teenage entrepreneurs will open Belper’s Youth Market next month.

Scott Chapman, of Allestree, who was tipped as ‘the next Richard Branson’ by Dragons’ Den TV star Peter Jones, will kick-off trading at the event on May 4.

The 14-year-old shot to prominence three years ago, when he won the Tenner Tycoon competition – a nationwide project to promote enterprise in schools.

Run by Enterprise UK and fronted by Peter Jones, the annual contest involves tens of thousands of children across the UK being loaned £10 for a month, from which they are challenged to make money.

Fair organiser Kathy Fairweather said: “ We are privileged to have Scott Chapman, to come and open the festival. He’s a real inspiration.

“I’m also very pleased at the number of young creatives and caterers who have taken up the offer of free stalls to showcase their talents.

“This is a very innovative project for the area. This is trying to address the big issue of youth unemployment. The shocking government reports that there are 102,000 unemployed young people under the age of 24 in the East Midlands alone, are extremely worrying.”

The event is thought to be the first of its kind in the East Midlands and will include more than 50 stalls.

It will feature stalls and social areas where budding talents can earn some extra money by selling their creations, products and services – ranging from handmade jewellery, quirky craft items, vintage and second hand clothing or furniture to fashion designers, original artwork, catering and home-made food.

It is hoped young creatives will be able to develop their own personal brand, network with other budding entrepreneurs and explore the possibility of a more permanent business opportunity.

Mrs Fairweather continued: “This is a great opportunity for children or grandchildren who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs, there will be a number of or to get free advice and information.

“Please bring your whole family, this promises to be a fun filled day.”

The day will also be a celebration of all forms of art. Young artists and performers of all genres will be showcasing their talents and entertaining the visitors

Mrs Fairweather continued: “The day also marks the beginning of the Belper Arts Festival and offers fabulous entertainment by a variety of young performers.

For full details of the event visit www.belperyouthmarket.org.uk