A free business course with a track record of inspiring entrepreneurs is set on making a huge impact at Doncaster Wool Market from 3 to 14 June.
Organised by Doncaster Council’s Business Doncaster team, Pop-Up Business School’s two week course will encourage local people to turn their passions into businesses.
The 10-day course is open to anyone who wants to start their own business and make a living doing something they love! It could be in anything from catering, photography, craft, entertainment, art, financial and other services, coaching or anything you have a passion for.
Founded in 2012, the school has helped launch more than 1,500 businesses in communities across the UK.
You don’t need a business plan or a loan to get started as fun and passion are at the core of everything the Pop-Up school teach.
Workshops are packed with unique content such as starting a business with no money, making a great website for free, sales and marketing, finding customers, managing your social media and understanding legal challenges.
The Pop-Up team have had impressive results with their events across the country, many of those who have attended fortnight-long courses have ended it determined to use their new-found knowledge to kick-start their dream business. Something previously not thought possible.
For one would-be entrepreneur in particular, the sessions led by Pop-Up Business School co-founder and lead trainer Alan Donegan turned out to be the start of a whole new chapter. Shirley Whitcombe attended a course with the idea of setting up her own maternity and baby clothes business, and the advice she received inspired her to go ahead with her plans. She is now running her own shop, called bump-2-baby.
Shirley said: “Alan and the rest of the Pop-Up team confirmed to me that you can follow your dreams, and attending the course helped me make some important decisions,” she said. “I thought the business school was fantastic. I learned such a lot as I am sure that everyone who attended did too.”
The team also talk about a range of work-focused skills aimed at helping people improve their job prospects, even if setting up their own business is a step too far.
The training schedule includes a mix of practical sessions, one-to-one coaching, workshop sessions and peer support.
Councillor Bill Mordue, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Economic Development, said: “Our Business Doncaster team has brought the Pop-Up Business School to Doncaster to help local people realise their dreams of starting their own business.
“The free course will give people the confidence, practical knowledge and tools to turn their passion into a business. We’re excited to see the ideas people come up with, and watch them grow and succeed in the future.”
Alex Meade, lead project manager for the Pop-Up Business School, added: "We believe would-be entrepreneurs don't need a complex business plan, expensive legal advice and a frighteningly big business loan; just an idea, some basic marketing skills and plenty of passion.”
To sign up visit the Pop-up Business School website: https://www.popupbusinessschool.co.uk/doncaster.html