Culford entrepreneur who won young national market trader competition is keeping family business Bethmonte name alive
A young entrepreneur is celebrating after being named as one of the best young market traders in the country.
Sam Green, 23, from Culford, Suffolk, was 'surprised and delighted' to win the general retail section of the Young Market Trader of Year competition, last weekend.
The national finals were held in Stratford Upon Avon and Sam qualified, along with seven other regional finalists from the East of England.
Bethmonte is named after Sam’s grandfather, Derek ‘Digger’ Moore’s 1970s transport business which operated out of Lawshall.
Sam used to run Timpson’s shoe repairers in Sainsbury’s in Bury St Edmunds, before launching his business.
He has run his shoe repair and key cutting business for three months.
“It was amazing to win the competition and I was hugely surprised, especially after I have been trading for so little time,” said Sam.
“At the moment I am focusing on market trading and hoping to also set up at Brandon and Mildenhall.
"Some of the biggest names in business from Marks and Spencer to Alan Sugar started out on markets - and they are a great place to be.”
Sam founded Bethmonte Ltd last December, but was only able to start trading in earnest, from June this year after lockdown eased.
He operates from a converted 1960s Rice of Leicestershire horsebox, and now trades every Wednesday at Bury St Edmunds market and also at Clare monthly market.
He also also offers engraving, tool sharpening, and watch repairs and batteries.
His work with shoes and leather goods is all done by hand.
Suffolk News was one of the judges in the regional contest and also helped put through Sophie Clarke, 24, from Mildenhall, who runs Sophie Clarke Designs, and went onto to win the arts and crafts section.