A group of creative students and graduates from Cardiff Metropolitan University were given the opportunity to test trade free of charge recently at the Cardiff Summer Festival organised by CraftFolk.
The opportunity was funded by Cardiff Met’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, which is dedicated to developing the entrepreneurial capacities of students and graduates across the university. The Centre provides a range of activities for students and graduates throughout the year including workshops, skills development programmes, competitions and live projects.
Students and graduates traded from a stall within The Hayes, Cardiff over a one week period from August 6th to 13th. The cost of hiring the stall was covered by the Centre for Entrepreneurship, thereby providing students and graduates with an excellent opportunity to test the market, check their pricing and gain valuable feedback on their products. A range of products were sold including ceramics, jewellery, clothing and traditional crafts.
Textile Design graduate Anna Palamar was one of the graduate entrepreneurs to benefit from the test trading experience, selling her illustrated t-shirts, tote bags and gift cards. She commented, "The Cardiff Summer Market trading experience gave me the opportunity to show my new work and get instant feedback. I also had a chance to meet my existing customers, who purchased my products from various locations and to receive feedback from them. I found it useful for many different reasons. Thank you for this opportunity."