Entrepreneur wins 10 days free trading at Spitalfields Market

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:05 05 October 2010

TABITHA Potts is a budding entrepreneur who has won 10 days free trading in London’s Old Spitalfields Market to test her business ideas. The 39-year-old won a national enterprise contest after setting up her online business selling 'ethical' babywear

By Mike Brooke

TABITHA Potts is a budding East End entrepreneur who has won 10 days free trading in London's Old Spitalfields Market to test her business ideas for real.

The 39-year-old won the 10 days in a national enterprise contest after setting up her own 'ethical' online business for families who want their kids to 'grow up green.'

She noticed a lack of suppliers on the Worldwide Web selling eco-friendly organic baby clothes.

"I can't wait to get going," she said, just as she set up her stall in Spitalfields Market today. "Markets are great test grounds for people like me to get real feedback from the public."

Tabitha was one of 71 shortlisted up and down the country in the competition by Enterprise UK, which has sent a judge down to Spitalfields this lunchtime to check her out for the national finals.

It could put her in with a chance in the 'battle of entrepreneurs' to win the top prize of six months' trading and backing to set up a business for real.

Spitalfields Market manager Eric Graham said: "Tabitha has what it takes to turn a business idea into reality. She is flying the flag for the East End."

Tabitha got help from the East London Small Business centre and a loan from the bank to build her Mimimyne website, which has been nominated for several awards including Thames Gateway Business, Archant Environment 2009 and this year's Women on their Way.

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