A GROUNDBREAKING nationwide initiative to help people take up careers as market traders has been launched by the National Market Traders Federation.
NMTF FIRST is the first-ever national training scheme for would-be retail market traders, and has the backing of the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Some of the biggest retail names on the high street started out on market stalls including Tesco, Marks and Spencer and Morrisons.
It is well-known that if businesses are going to fail it is likely to happen in the first year.
That is why we have produced NMTF FIRST — to help traders through those difficult first months.
To watch a webcast on NMTF FIRST featuring NMTF Chief Executive Joe Harrison and successful trader Matthew Crawford click here
What is NMTF First? And how does it work?
NMTF FIRST is aimed specifically at would-be market traders — or those who have recently come into the business.
It is a programme that has been developed by the NMTF to help new traders take successful first steps in the process to becoming fully fledged traders.
It’s a series of self-help modules, guides and business support tools that have been developed to help new market traders to successfully establish their businesses and to build a solid foundation on which to grow and develop their careers as market traders. Being successful is more than just simply the amount of money taken each day; it is about displaying products, customer service, promotions, housekeeping standards and much, much more.
It is ultimately about maximising the customer experience so that the trader can maximise their profits.
NMTF FIRST provides the wide range of tools necessary to become a professional and successful trader who has a profitable and popular stall, as well as enhancing the market in which they trade. The modules have been researched and authored by The Retail Group, a well-respected London firm specialising in retail techniques.
What's the cost?
NMTF FIRST is aimed at new traders and is crammed with practical help to make their businesses a success. NMTF FIRST is divided into manageable, bite-sized modules and accompanying guides (see above), so the trader can work through it at his or her own pace.
NMTF FIRST costs £10 when bought with your first membership (currently £102).
You can buy NMTF FIRST and membership now by telephoning 01226 352813.