The Pop-Up Business School, which is running at Taunton Library over the next two weeks, is helping Pluss customers in Somerset to start small businesses and make money doing what they love.
The Pop-Up Business School approach is the polar opposite of traditional approaches to starting a business as they don't believe in business plans, loans or grants because this puts more people off than it helps.
The scheme is being brought to Taunton by Pluss' Positive People programme, funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.
The two-week course is helping potential entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups take their business ideas forward with practical sessions to help participants towards making their first sale. Workshops include topics such as starting a business without investment, sales and marketing, building a free website and finding customers.
Attendee, Ali, said “The first week was excellent! So great to meet people from different walks of life, doing different things, but one common denominator - starting a business. The 'instructors' are positive, they live in the real world and make the sessions fun. All for free too!! Starting the second week, with even more enthusiasm.”
Another attendee, Zoe, added “I've just finished day 2 and loving every moment of it. Such a practical course with helpful examples given of how others have successfully done whatever it is that you want to do. Great networking opportunities too; I've made three contacts I plan to stay in touch with already. Genius idea, brilliant delivery and a fun atmosphere in which to learn.”
Emma Westcott, Partnership Manager at Positive People Somerset, said, “For many people the thought of a having to create a formal business plan is off-putting and initial investment is not realistic. The course focused on inspiring and motivating people to get going with their ideas and allowing them to realise ambitions much sooner than they thought possible. This is a particularly helpful first step for those that may find themselves currently out of work and have a business idea.”