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We offer one-to-one support, advice and referrals so aspiring new businesses can grow

The Cultural Market gives businesses the opportunity to showcase their skills and to market their products directly to the public. The Cultural Market is run in partnership with Cariocca Enterprise Ltd and held in venues across Manchester such as the West Indian Sports and Social club. 


The  Cultural Market was established to provide a platform for existing and aspiring new businesses in Manchester.  We enable local people, in particular, those of  African-Caribbean heritage to successfully market their products. 

Government research findings reveal that although almost a third of black people in England were interested in starting their own business, only 4% succeeded in doing so. This level of start-up is the lowest amongst the various ethnic groups.  

In partnership with Cariocca Enterprise Ltd we aim to:

  • Expand  and develop the cultural market locally, regionally and at a national level

  • Create strategies to increase the number of young aspiring entrepreneurs that participate in the cultural markets

  • Enable access to business advice, financial and one-to-one mentoring programmes.  

  • Ensure that women are able to access specialist business support and guidance. 

  • Lead  in the development of voluntary work opportunities for young people not in education, employment and training (NEET)

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Our impact

We have seen an increase in:

  • the number of female stallholders

  • participation of young entrepreneurs

  • levels of networking amongst small businesses

  • access to relevant training, support and advice

Currently, the majority of stalls holders are African-Caribbean heritage female traders. This is consistent with the findings of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor which describes black women as one of the most active entrepreneural female group.


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