Tomorrow’s Market Application

Tomorrow’s Market is a new and innovative business support programme from the London Growth Hub that aims to nurture a new generation of market traders – people that are currently working from home, in pop-ups or online, and have a unique product or service to sell.

Tomorrow’s Market is supporting new businesses to grow, to reach new customers and audiences, and to work with experienced traders and business experts to achieve success.

Market trading is low cost, no boss, flexible and high return – we are giving ambitious Londoners, with an entrepreneurial flair, the chance to turn clever ideas into sustainable businesses.

What will you get:

  • Each successful candidate will be provided with a stall in one of London’s thriving markets. They will to trade between October 2019 – January 2020.
  • There will be a £300 bursary (payments will be made when you reach agreed milestones, which will be detailed in the programme contract).
  • Practical and technical training based on your business e.g. food hygiene and safety, visual merchandising and branding.
  • Industry mentors will provide ongoing support to boost your confidence, point out any pitfalls to be avoided, and to lend an ear when you need words of wisdom or to talk through any problems you might have.
  • Advice in shaping your business plan.
  • Induction sessions will introduce you to the programme, with sessions on business modelling, branding and trading within a market or on a micro-scale.

Who is it for:

  • Aged 18+
  • Resident of any Greater London borough.
  • Have either a product to sell or a personal service to benefit customers (we are looking for diverse products and services, as well as traditional market trades).
  • Have 1-2 years of experience selling your product or service.
  • We are seeking highly motivated and talented individuals. People that can think outside of the box or can demonstrate new approaches to a current market trade or use the market stall to present their services in an attractive way that people would not be used to.
  • We are also seeking to encourage applications from people who are currently under-represented within this industry. This includes candidates who come from all backgrounds including Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, disabled candidates, those from the LGBTQ+ community or people on low income. Everyone is welcome!
  • We encourage applicants, whether they have no formal qualifications or those who have taken the formal educational route.

 

Deadline for applications is midnight on Saturday the 19th October 2019

Key dates:

Successful candidates will need to be available for the morning or the afternoon of the 24th of October 2019, for the group assessment.

There will be a second round of individual interviews on the 28th October 2019 or 29th October 2019.

If a candidate is not able to attend these interview dates, we will not be able to process their application further.

Interview process:

The first stage interview will require you to set aside half a day (up to 4 hours), the aim is for us to get to know you to see whether you are the right fit for the programme. You will be required to bring in your products or be prepared to offer a demonstration of your service to the group.

The second interview will be for 1 hour and will focus on your business model and business plan, which you will prepare in advance.  There will be a 10-minute talk through your plan, a discussion about how you trade, and then the panel will then ask a few questions, for 20 minutes, and time will be allocated for you to ask the panel any questions at the end.

After interviews, the successful candidates will be notified by the 30/10/19 as to whether they have been successful to take part in the programme. All successful candidates will need to be available for the induction training in the following week of the 5th November 2019.

How we use your information:

The information you are providing will be used only for the purpose for which you provide it. This information will be used for the purpose of assessing your application and will be shared with the Tomorrow’s Market project team and delivery partner for this process.

Your personal data will be handled in accordance with our privacy policy.

If you are selecting to receive any newsletter(s), you are providing your consent for us to process your personal data in this manner for this purpose. We will not add you to any other mailing lists unless you ask us to.

Please note that as part of your application you are required to submit a short supporting video.

Tell us about you

Tell us about you
We collect this information in order to communicate with you throughout the shortlisting process for the programme. We may also use this information to contact you about relevant future opportunities. Before you submit this form you will have the opportunity to select how we can and can't use your information.
Please enter any reasonable adjustments connected with a disability you require to be made to the selection process in the box below. If, however, you prefer to discuss any special arrangements with us, please contact hazel@somethingandson.com or abdul@somethingandson.com

Application video

Application video
  Do's:
  • Please make sure you record yourself in a bright environment and make sure you are clearly visible in the film.
  • Please record in a quiet environment with minimal noise and/or distractions.
  • Please speak clearly to make sure you are audible. Make sure you play back the clip back to yourself to make sure you are clearly audible. Maybe play it back to a friend to get their opinion before you submit.
  • Please make sure that you film your clip specifically for this application (no promo videos).
  • Please don’t be nervous and be yourself, we want to see the real you.
  • Please make sure your video does not exceed 2 minutes.
Don'ts:
  • Please do not use special effects to your videos, we are looking for DIY/simple videos that tell us about you, your products / services and your ambitions.
  • Please do not record in a noisy or dark environment .
  •  Please do not mumble or cover your mouth whilst speaking, we need to understand what you are trying to convey.
Please cover the following questions whilst filming your clip:
  1. What is the name of your product or service?
  2. Who is your product or service for?
  3. What inspired you to create your product/service?
  4. Where do you see your product or service in a year's time?
  5. Why would you like to join the programme?
Please upload your video (file no larger than 50MB) to Facebook, Vimeo or other video sharing platform. Please make sure that the video is shareable.

Social media

Social media
Please provide links below to your website and/or socials for your product/service (if applicable)

Application questions

Application questions
This section of the application form will be assessed as part of the shortlisting process.
(200 words max)
(200 words max)
(200 words max)
(300 words max)
Please note that your application and your CV must have your full postal address (including your postcode). Make sure that you include details of your most recent and relevant business and selling experience, and limit this to two sides of A4.
This could be examples of you trading or just of your products or services. An external panel will be looking over these images to have a better understanding of you as a trader. Please ensure the quality of the images is at least 300dpi.

Your business

Your business
We are required by our funders to capture the below information to understand the impact that our support services have on London's small business economy. If you have not set up your business yet please tick 'not applicable' for the questions.
If you do not have a sic code please enter 'not applicable'
If you are not yet registered with Companies House please enter 'not applicable'
If you do not have a UTR number please enter 'not applicable'
If you do not employ any staff please select 'not applicable'
If you do not employ any staff please select 'not applicable'

Equality & Diversity

Equality and Diversity
This information is confidential and will not be shared without your permission. Information from this form will be used to monitor the effectiveness of our diversity objectives and recruitment strategies.
Please tick all that apply

How we use your information

We care about your privacy!

The information you have provided will be used by the Tomorrow’s Market project team to process your application. It will not be passed to third parties or used for other purposes. If you are successful, we will keep your application form. If you are unsuccessful, we will destroy your application 12 months after this vacancy closes, unless you agree to us processing your data in regard to future opportunities (see below). Security procedures are in place for protecting your data in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998. Your details may be stored electronically in a password-protected system and/or as paper copies in secure storage.

Communications would be emails about employment opportunities or training, tailored to the information and interests you expressed on this form.
This is a requirement in order to submit your application to us. I have read the above and I understand and accept how Tomorrow's Market will use my personal data. I understand that the Tomorrow's Market project team will store and process my information throughout the shortlisting process for Tomorrow's Market programme.