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Young entrepreneurs testing business skills at Swansea Market

Young entrepreneurs have been following in the footsteps of Sir Alan Sugar in Swansea Market.

Swansea Market

Budding business brains from Gower College Swansea, Pentrehafod Comprehensive School, Pontlliw Primary School and Graigfelen Primary School have been selling their Christmas products at the city centre attraction.

The Gower College students, as part of a health and social care course enterprise challenge, have been selling hand-made gifts that include bespoke tree decorations, candles and novelty sweets. Pupils from Pentrehafod's after-school enterprise club made brownies in jars, Christmas cards and gift tags, while the primary schoolchildren were on hand with cookies and cakes.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration, said: "Entrepreneurship may be in the spotlight across the UK at the moment because of the new series of The Apprentice that's currently airing on the BBC, but we've helped ensure, in partnership with our colleges and schools, that enterprise is at the heart of learning in Swansea throughout the year. This gives our children a great grounding in business that will stand them in good stead in future, whether they go into the world of business or not.

"Swansea Market is a fantastic place for our students and schoolchildren to learn the art of business and sales techniques, especially in the build-up to Christmas when it's particularly busy there. 

"Sir Alan Sugar started off as a market trader himself. Who knows? Maybe what our pupils and students learn this week will inspire some of them to become British business icons themselves in future."

Other activities at the market include visits from Santa between 11am and 3pm on both Saturday December 6 and Saturday December 13 when children can receive a free gift and have a free photograph to capture the special moment. The market will also be open on Sundays this month in the build-up to Christmas.

With over 100 stalls including a wide selection of fresh local produce, traditional Welsh fayre and specialist butchers and fishmongers, Swansea Market has been serving the people of Swansea for generations. It has a footfall of about 20,000 people a day.

Have a look at www.swanseaindoormarket.co.ukOpens new window for more information about the market.

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