Training Offered to Budding Market Entrepreneurs

A brand-new FREE training scheme is to offer a launch pad for aspiring entrepreneurs to trade at the ever-popular Leicester Market.

The five-week course, which is due to commence on Monday 30 October, is being delivered by Leicester Adult Skills and Learning, alongside Leicester City Council’s markets team.

The course will combine hands-on experience of trading at Leicester Market with class-based sessions covering topics including:

– Customer Service
– Communication
– Merchandising
– Trading Standards
– Health and Safety
– Business Skills

It will run three days per-week, with three weeks of classroom training and two weeks’ experience running a stall at Leicester Market.

All profits made from test trading sessions will be donated to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

The course is aimed at anyone currently out of work, regardless of age or experience. Every candidate who successfully completes the course will be offered further advice and support should the choose to take up a stall on Leicester Market,

“Offering people opportunities for hands-on experience of running a market stall, alongside formal classroom training, is one way we feel will get more people interested in market trading,” said Adam Piotrowski, Leicester City Council’s Market Development Officer.

“Running a stall can be a daunting prospect. This new training course aims to overcome that and ensure that the Market continues to attract fresh entrepreneurial talent for years to come.”

An information and enrolment session will take place at Jobcentre Plus, Wellington Street (LE1 6DS) on Monday 23 October between 1.00pm and 4.30pm.

Up to 15 places will be made available on the course, and applications MUST be made through Job Centre Plus.

To secure a place, candidates should email their name and contact details to

Please quote MT Leicester in the subject line.