Naomi Baker, who is originally from Abersychan, started cutting hair as a Saturday job when she was 15 and has been a professional barber for 13 years.
She chose to set up Bladez barbers in the market back in 2008 encouraged by the reasonable rental fees.
Ms Baker said: “I started the business in the market as the costs were affordable and have built up such a loyal customer base I have stayed here ever since. It wasn’t always easy, and in the early days I sometimes took as little as £5 a day, but I persevered and many of those first customers are still coming here and are now bringing their children too.
“The market has been a great place to build a business and now it has been refurbished, and there are lots of new faces here. There is a real buzz about the place and I would certainly recommend it to anyone thinking of starting their own business.”
Councillor Lewis Jones, executive member for economy, enterprise and the environment, said: “The indoor market is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, as Naomi’s success proves.
“It is a low risk option for traders with flexible leases available, and I would urge anyone who hasn’t visited the market for a while to come down and see it for themselves.”
The refurbishment of the market has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Heads of the Valleys Programme through the Welsh Government, Pontypool Regeneration Partnership, Heritage Lottery Fund and Torfaen County Borough Council.
Anyone interested in trading in the market can visit www.torfaen.gov.uk/en/Business/Markets/Marketstalls/Pontypool-Indoor-Market.aspx for more information, or contact the market supervisor on 01495 752822.
Wedi ei bostio ar Dydd Llun 18th Mai 2015