100 local businesses to take part in Dundee’s largest ever festive market

Around 100 local businesses will take place in the largest festive market Dundee has ever seen.

The three-day market will take place in Wellgate Shopping Centre from November 29 to December 1.

The event has been organised by Women’s Business Station – a new group that will continue the work of the Coca-Cola 5by20 programme which offers support to female entrepreneurs looking to set up a company.

Since 2017, 5by20 has supported 170 women of whom 90 have launched a business.

With the drinks giant ending its funding in December, Women’s Business Station was formed to continue to run the headline Fast Track entrepreneurship programme and other courses.

Most of the businesses taking part in the Wellgate event have been through the 5by20 course.

The market will be free to attend and showcase a wide range of products – from wine, gin and sweet treats, to toys, jewellery, furniture, fashion as well as vouchers for sports massages, beauty treatments and business services.

Programme director Angie De Vos said: “There is an unbelievable amount of talent in and around Dundee and the market will showcase that, while also giving some of the ladies a unique opportunity to sell, test the market and develop their businesses.

“Wellgate is the ideal place for our ladies to both sell and engage with the public, as well as perhaps providing some inspiration for shoppers who might be contemplating setting up their own business.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for locals to bag some unique, quality Christmas gifts for their friends and family, while also supporting local entrepreneurs.”

Last year 5by20 held a festive market at Apex City Quay Hotel with 40 stalls but another year of the entrepreneurship programme meant a larger venue was required this year.

Peter Aitken, centre manager of Wellgate Shopping Centre, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming this event into Wellgate next month.

 

 

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