Free Dundee event will showcase 100 local firms and products including gin, toys, and beauty treatments

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The largest festive market and business start-up exhibition will take place in Dundee next month.

Hosted by Women’s Business Station in association with Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee, the ambitious event will take place in Wellgate Shopping Centre from Friday November 29 to Sunday December 1.

The event, which is free to attend, will showcase the talent of around 100 local businesses, with everything from wine, gin and sweet treats, to toys, jewellery, furniture, fashion and complementary therapies on sale, as well as gift vouchers for sports massages, beauty treatments, business services and more.

The first day of the event will also see the official launch of Women’s Business Station, which will continue the legacy of the highly successful and award-winning Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee programme which, since 2017, has supported over 170 women, over 90 of whom have launched their own business and over 40 of whom continue to grow their business.

Most of the businesses taking part in the Wellgate event have been through the programme, but organisers are also appealing to other, local makers to reserve a stall and get involved.

Angie De Vos, programme director, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for locals to bag some unique, quality Christmas gifts for their friends and family, while also supporting local makers.

“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.”

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

“Wellgate is, and always has been, a community hub and not just a shopping centre.

“We continually strive to reach out to different community groups and charities, so hosting this event is a perfect fit for us and our target audiences.

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“Not only are we providing our shoppers with an exciting new retail experience on the run-up to Christmas, with some fantastic goods to buy for friends and family, but giving a range of new, local and independent start-up businesses a platform on which to sell their goods and showcase their talent.

“We would encourage shoppers to embrace this event and bag some brilliant festive produce in the process!”

With Women’s Business Station keen to give back to the community, a charity raffle will also be held, with the chance to win a festive hamper jam-packed with a range of goodies worth a staggering £1,000.

From toys and toiletries to homeware, clothing, electrical items and even festive decorations, all proceeds will go to local kids’ charity, Help for Kids which, every year provides support to over 2,000 disadvantaged children throughout Dundee and Perth.

With Wave FM broadcasting live from the event, the lucky winner will be announced at 3pm on Sunday December 1.

For more information, and to book your free ticket, click here.

The event is sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland and also supported by MTC, Wallace Vets and DP&L Group.