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Mildenhall designer scoops the Young Trader of the Year regional competition in Bury St Edmunds



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A young designer has won the regional round of a young trader competition.

Sophie Clarke, 25, from Mildenhall, runs Sophie Clarke Designs and has been crowned winner at the regional heat at the Young Trader of the Year competition.

Sophie’s textile designs got her to the national final last year and has once again wowed the judges with her bespoke, woven home decor.

Sophie Clark managed to win two awards, winner for the Arts and Crafts category and overall winner. Picture: Annie Richardson
Sophie Clark managed to win two awards, winner for the Arts and Crafts category and overall winner. Picture: Annie Richardson
The Young Trader of the Year competition gives young traders a chance to show off their trading skills. Picture: Annie Richardson
The Young Trader of the Year competition gives young traders a chance to show off their trading skills. Picture: Annie Richardson
Gemma Oakes won her category of Groceries. Picture: Annie Richardson
Gemma Oakes won her category of Groceries. Picture: Annie Richardson
Georgia Crouchman won her category of Food and Drink. Picture: Annie Richardson
Georgia Crouchman won her category of Food and Drink. Picture: Annie Richardson
Sophie Mann won her category of General Retail. Picture: Annie Richardson
Sophie Mann won her category of General Retail. Picture: Annie Richardson

Following the previous heats, the Young Trader of the Year competition continued in Bury St Edmunds market place yesterday.

Organised by the National Market Traders Federation, the regional heat saw 13 young traders, aged between 16 and 30, show off their trading skills to the judges.

Winning traders will be moving on into the national final that takes place in Stratford upon Avon at the end of August.

Olivia Washington with Cllr Susan Glossop and Arc manager Alan Hassell. Picture: Annie Richardson
Olivia Washington with Cllr Susan Glossop and Arc manager Alan Hassell. Picture: Annie Richardson
Jessica Rix of Little Jessie's. Picture: Annie Richardson
Jessica Rix of Little Jessie's. Picture: Annie Richardson
Rebekka Johnson with Cllr Susan Glossop and Allan Hassell. Picture: Annie Richardson
Rebekka Johnson with Cllr Susan Glossop and Allan Hassell. Picture: Annie Richardson
Bethany Estelle of Bumble The Wellness Wax. Picture: Annie Richardson
Bethany Estelle of Bumble The Wellness Wax. Picture: Annie Richardson
Holly Carr-Maskell of Dear Love Ltd. Picture: Annie Richardson
Holly Carr-Maskell of Dear Love Ltd. Picture: Annie Richardson

Regional category winners also included: Georgia Crouchman, 27, from Bury St Edmunds of Gee Gee Bakes, Gemma Oakes, 29, from Woodbridge of Doodle Doughnuts and Sophie Mann, 25, from Alpheton, of Sophie April Mann Textile Designs.

Highly commended awards were also distributed to: Bethany Estelle, 27, from Ely, of Bumble The Wellness Wax Company, Rebekka Johnson, from Northampton, of The Little Print Box, Jessica Rix, 25, from Bury St Edmunds, of Little Jessie's, Holly Carr-Maskell, 27, from Newmarket, of Dear Love Ltd and Olivia Washington, 29, from Braintree, of Olivia’s Curiosities.

West Suffolk Council supports the local and regional heats by supplying tables, gazebos and covering insurance costs.