Jolly Big Business Boost Belfast 2023

Jolly Big Business Boost Belfast 2023


The lucky winners of the Jolly Big Business Boost will be given the opportunity to trade for FREE at the Belfast Christmas Market from 18 November until 22 December 2023. Operators of the Belfast Christmas Market, Market Place Europe, are looking for innovative, young entrepreneurs from across Northern Ireland who are ready to take their business to the next level. The Jolly Big Business competition focuses on providing recently established businesses, a platform to sell their products and to build awareness of their brand with over 1 million visitors expected in this year’s Belfast Christmas Market. 

Allan Hartwell, Managing Director of Market Place Europe said:  “The Jolly Big Business Boost is a great way for entrepreneurs to enhance their business and get their foot in the door and has proven to be very successful. Businesseve been running this competition for over ten years and each year without fail the winning business has traded brilliantly at the market, so much so that many previous winners have continued to trade each year.’’  

This year’s judging panel will include media partner Q Radio presenter Jordan Arnold, Fiona Liversidge who looks after Tourism NI’s International Marketing and PR and Market Place Europe’s Managing Director Allan Hartwell. The judges are on the lookout for eye-catching, exciting and creative products.

Q Radio presenter Jordan Arnold said “I’m thrilled to join this year’s judging panel to help find the next big name in small business and uncover some of the region’s most exciting entrepreneurs. I would encourage every small business owner from right across Northern Ireland to apply and make their business dreams come true this Christmas. With local and international traders all under one roof, Belfast Christmas Market is a fantastic place to tick off that all-important shopping list, so I’ll be looking for a business that stands out with something really unique that I can give as a gift this year. As an advocate for inspirational women, I’ll also be looking out for the best submissions from female entrepreneurs. Who knows, they could soon be my guest on Q Radio’s Girl Talk!”

Previous winners of the competition, include OutsideIn, Belfast Beard Company and Wave The Animals, all of whom reported great sales and an increase in awareness of their products, vital to success in the early stages of growth. 

If you think you have a jolly good product that visitors to the Belfast Christmas Market will enjoy, we want to hear from you, download the application pack now. Interested businesses should submit a short written application, supported by a  2-minute video telling the judges about themselves and their products. Guideliens and application form can me downloaded HERE

Belfast Christmas Market will open at 12 noon on the 18th of November. 

Opening hours are: 

Monday – Wednesday 10am – 8pm 

Thursday – Saturday 10am – 10pm

Sunday 12noon – 6pm

For further information, images or interviews please contact Megan Jeffers T: 07506158061

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