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Four young market traders from South Wales are to show off their skills in the final of a UK-wide competition.

They were the top-ranked competitors in the National Young Traders Market Competition regional final held in Swansea city centre.

They are Caitlin Penry, Caerynys Shed Jewellery, Swansea, Anthony Johnson, AJ The Confectionist (Llanelli), Bianca Samuel, Austringer Cider (Port Talbot) and Harry White, Blanc Homeware (Brécon).

Harry, which specializes in vegan soy wax candles, sustainable homewares and greeting cards, was the top regional winner.

The South Wales final was hosted by Swansea Market, operated by Swansea Council. The event was funded by the Welsh Government Transforming Towns Town Center Business Fund.

Co-Council Leader and Cabinet Member David Hopkins said: “Our judges were impressed with the quality of the bids and the ambitions of the young traders. We wish them all the best as they continue their efforts in market trading.

Blanc homeware was another finalist at the Swansea Market Young Traders event (Image: Swansea Council)

Swansea Market traders have shown their support for young traders.

Wayne Holmes of Market Spares said: “It was fantastic to see the next generation of merchants offering products that you wouldn’t normally find in a traditional marketplace.”

Ian Curtis of Storm In A Teacup said: “It was encouraging to see young traders embarking on their business. Hopefully they will soon join us permanently in our market.

The competition, open to any young trader between the ages of 16 and 30, is organized by the National Market Traders’ Federation (NMTF).

The regional final saw 17 young traders showcase their products and talents.

They were judged – by Swansea Market Supervisor Darren Cox and young entrepreneurs Joelle Drummond and Sarah McNena, of Swansea’s Drop Bear Beer Company – on criteria including presentation, product, price, customer service and sales techniques.

The event featured entertainment from artists such as Bloco Vale Samba, young musicians, street performers and market mascot Jack.

The national final is due to take place in Stratford upon Avon on August 25-26.

Anthony Johnson, from AJ The Confectionist to Llanelli – another Young Traders finalist (Image: Swansea Council)

NMTF CEO Joe Harrison said: “We were delighted when Swansea offered to host the first-ever Young Traders Market regional final in Wales. The day we were delighted with how well things went.

“We needed enthusiastic traders selling a great range of products – and we got it in full.

“Much of the success of the Regional Finals – and indeed of the YTM campaign as a whole – is due to the time and effort put in by market operators.

“The Swansea team have done a wonderful job and we are confident the event has generated such interest that it will be even bigger and better when we hope to return to Swansea next year.”

Bianca Samuel of Austringer Cider at the Swansea Market Young Traders event (Image: Swansea Council)

South Wales Regional Final – Category Winners

AJ the Confectioner (Anthony Johnson) – specializing in fudge and fudge brownies. All handmade with unique flavors and techniques.

Austringer Cider (Bianca Samuel) – artisanal cider made in the heart of the Afan valley. Sulfate free and with 100% pressed juice.

Jewelry Caerynys Shed (Caitlin Penry) – bespoke handmade silver jewelry inspired by nature and the coast.

Homewares White (Harry White) – vegan soy wax candles, sustainable household items and greeting cards

(Main image: Swansea Council)