The bid to bring an innovative project called Teenage Markets to High Barnet has won backing from local MP Theresa Villiers.
Teenage Markets started in Stockport and provide opportunities for young people to show off their entrepreneurial and creative flair. As well as market stalls, Teenage Markets gives a platform for young performers to showcase their talents in the heart of their community.
The Barnet bid is being led by Bob Burstow of the Chipping Barnet Town Team which is made up of representatives of local residents, societies and high street traders. A Spacehive crowdfunding page has been set up and it has received pledges of £30,000 from the Mayor of London and £5000 from Barnet and Southgate College.
Theresa Villiers MP is encouraging her constituents to back the bid, saying “This could be a real boost for our much-loved local market in Barnet. It has been part of our community in High Barnet for hundreds of years but it has been going through some difficult times. The Teenage Markets bid could reinvigorate our market, support to our local high street and provide great opportunities for young people to learn business experience and show off their creative abilities.”
“I congratulate Bob Burstow and his team on gathering so much support and momentum. They have received an astonishing £42,982 in pledges. They are 77% of the way to the total of £55,564 which they need to raise to bring Teenage Markets to Barnet. I would encourage everyone to get behind this project and visit the Teenage Market Spacehive page to pledge support. Time is running out!”
For the project to go ahead, pledges need to reach £55,564 by 25th September. That leaves 32 days to raise the remaining funds.