We offer one-to-one support, advice and referrals so aspiring new businesses can grow. The Cultural Market gives these 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.
We have had to pause the Cultural Market as a result of the pandemic but we are exploring ways to promote our traders online.
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)
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.