Crawford beat off competition from 30 other shortlisted entrants from across the UK to win the Make your Mark in the Markets competition, which was announced at a Parliamentary Reception yesterday evening hosted by the All Parliamentary Markets Group. As well as six months of free trading, Crawford walks away with a prize package including business mentoring, free marketing and advertising and £1,500 towards stock donated by the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF). Make Your Mark in the Markets has given Matt the opportunity to launch his business within a real life trading environment. Despite the recession and with retail giants going to the wall, a staggering £3.8bn is spent by British bargain hunters at market stalls each year, according to the National Survey of Retail Markets, as people turn to affordable local produce at the heart of their communities. “Being laid off is the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” comments Crawford. “I’ve always wanted to set up my own business but have never had the opportunity, so I jumped at the chance to enter the competition. We have big plans for the business so winning is the stepping stone we need to take Easy Nuh to the next level. This is just the beginning for us and I can’t wait to get back on the market and trading for free for the next six months. Coming from a sales background I’ve spent my career generating returns for my employers, so it’s nice to finally be in a position to generate some money for myself.” Make Your Mark in the Markets is run by Enterprise Insight in partnership with the National Market Traders Federation, the Retail Markets Alliance, Association of Town Centre Management and the National Association of British Market Authorities. The 2010 competition will launch in November as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (16-23 November 2009). For more information about the competition, click here. Related articles:Lastminte founder lanches startup fund
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