Aspiring entrepreneurs are being offered the chance to attend the free course with expert advisors from the Pop-Up Business School, which last year helped launch 365 new businesses across the UK.
The five-day course is open to anyone who wants to start their own business in anything from catering or fitness to events, entertainment, art, financial and other services, coaching, or anything they have a passion for.
The course will run at Stretford Mall from November 12 – 16 and is free to all participants thanks to funding from Trafford Council, Trafford Housing Trust and other partners. Sessions cover how to start a business for free, sales and marketing, how to grow your business quickly, make a great website, find customers, manage your social media and understand legal challenges.
Mentors from the Pop-Up Business School say the goal is to help entrepreneurs get the confidence to take the first step, and give them some practical tools to get a business idea off the ground and launch online - without spending any money.
Last year the Pop-Up Business School helped 1212 people at 171 pop up courses and 6,502 people on-line, resulting in 365 new businesses launching in 2017, including immersive games provider Time Trap escape rooms based in Reading.
Liam Sibley, Events and Operations Manager for the Pop-Up Business School said: “The course is suitable for all types of people, our attendees range from people who don’t know where to start, to people who have already has a go at setting up a business and want some practical support.”
Simon Paine, The Pop-Up Business School co-founder and lead presenter, said: “The Pop-Up Business school is giving local people the tools to change their own world. Our approach is not traditional. We don’t bother with business plans. We don’t believe in loans and grants. We know that puts more people off starting than it helps.
The PopUp Business school was brought to Trafford by Trafford Council in partnership with Trafford Housing Trust Social Investment Fund , DWP, Business Growth Hub, Your Housing Group, Unltd, Irwell Valley Housing, Stretford Mall, Arcon Housing, Our Sale West partnership and Arawak Housing. Arcon Housing have supported this Pop Up School by donating £500 to the event.
Councillor James Wright, Trafford Council Executive Member for Investment, Regeneration and Strategic Planning, will be attending the event to see some of the innovative ideas for himself.
He said: “The PopUp Business School is a fabulous initiative. It will offer invaluable advice, guidance and support to local people who have ambitions of working for themselves but may not know where to start. We look forward to seeing the range of ideas brought to the table and watching them being transformed into business ideas.”
To sign up and find the schedule for the week visit: https://www.popupbusinessschool.co.uk/trafford.html