Next generation entrepreneurs return to St George’s Market for 2021 Big Market

Enterprising students from across Northern Ireland will take over St George’s Market, Belfast, for the return of the Young Enterprise Big Market on Wednesday, December 8, 10am-2pm.

Monday, 29th November 2021, 3:00 pm
Pete Snodden, Young Enterprise Ambassador, Christine Wightman, Ulster University Business School, Tim Brundle, Young Enterprise Chair, Carol Fitzsimons, Young Enterprise CE, John Healy, Allstate NI and Cary Wilson, EY

Young people aged 14-25 taking part in the charity’s entrepreneurial programmes will launch their companies and seize their first opportunity to trade face-to-face with the public and a panel of Northern Ireland’s business leaders.

The Big Market has become a staple of Belfast’s Christmas shopping season, but last year was held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Each year in excess of 8,000 students start their own unique businesses with Young Enterprise.

Carol Fitzsimons, Young Enterprise chief executive, said: “Our aim is to give all young people in Northern Ireland the opportunity to develop the skills they will need to be successful in the world of work. Bringing the popular Big Market back to St George’s Market gives our students the chance to put those skills into practice and learn valuable attitudes and attributes like resilience, communication and problem-solving.

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“Having held the Big Market online last year, we are acutely aware of the need for young people to bring their businesses to the general public face-to-face. Therefore, we are calling on the business community in Belfast and beyond to lend their support and come along to browse, purchase a gift and encourage these young entrepreneurs at the Big Market.

“I would like to thank Big Market host, Belfast City Council, and our Company Programme patrons, Allstate Northern Ireland, EY and Ulster University Business School for their support in bringing this experience to our young entrepreneurs.”

Young Enterprise NI provides hands-on enterprise programmes to 90,000 young people each year. The charity’s entrepreneurial programmes allow students to create a unique business, then produce, promote and sell their products or services.

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