SCHOOLCHILDREN from across Torfaen took over the Pontypool Indoor Market last week selling products which they had designed and created themselves.

Pupils from Blaenavon Heritage, Cwmffrwdoer, George Street, Griffithstown, New Inn, Penygarn and Pontnewydd primary schools teamed up with local businesses, who offered the children advice for developing and selling their products.

Griffithstown Primary School were named as the overall winners after they made "an outstanding product, produced an effective business plan, and made a good profit."

Griffithstown also won the award for the best business plan.

Cwmffrwdoer Primary School picked up the award for the best promotional advert, while Penygarn Community Primary School won 'Best Communications Plan' for demonstrating various marketing tools to promote their product.

George Street Primary School won the Environmental Award for their palm oil free soaps.

Pontnewydd Primary School received the award for the best use of IT across all marketing and promotional materials.

Sam Rowland, deputy headteacher at Pontnewydd Primary School, said: "Our enterprise fortnight has involved all children from across the school from Nursery to year six. Our theme has been around sustainability and Renew, Reuse, Recycle.

"Our Enterprise Team created their own business called ‘GoGoBags’. These are made of hessian and decorated by the team to sell to replace plastic bags and can be used as book bags, shopping bags, storage bags and much more. We are full ‘eco warriors’ here.

"The children have learnt so many new business skills but have also benefitted from understanding the importance of giving back to those who need it.

Councillor Richard Clark, deputy leader and executive member for economy, skills and regeneration at Torfaen Council said: “The third Enterprise Week has been a huge success and we would like to thank all schools and business for their commitment and enthusiasm.

“During the past few months, primary school pupils have been developing their creative, enterprise and work skills. They have been making a range of innovative and unique products from dreamcatchers and wind chimes through to soap and recycled goods. They then sold their products at their individual stalls in Pontypool Indoor Market last week.

"Overall, the primary schools made a joint profit of £970.

“Secondary schools made a range of products such as garden pots, bug houses, memory jars and soaps. Overall, the secondary schools made a joint profit of £132.70 after selling their products in Pontypool Indoor Market.

“We hope that more businesses and schools get involved next year because it’s such a great project.”

As well as the primary school children, teenagers and young adults from West Mon, St Alban’s, Croesyceiliog and Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw secondary schools who are part of the Inspire to Achieve programme and working towards an enterprise qualification also sold products at the Market during Enterprise Week.