Pop Up Business School inspires businesses to flourish
Published by Alliance Homes for Alliance Homes in Communities and also in Education
John Penrose MP, Alan Donegan, attendee, Simon Paine. This photograph was taken by Troy Pointer, a local photographer who attended the PopUp Business School
Run in partnership with Alliance Homes and Knightstone Housing Association, the PopUp Business School opened its doors at the beginning of October to local people, with the aim of teaching them how to start a business from scratch. For two weeks, over 40 people from all walks of life have learnt the skills they need to turn their business dreams into reality.
Co-founder of the PopUp Business School model, Alan Donegan, said: "It is incredible to see the personal journey people have gone on; from lacking confidence, knowledge and finances on day one to having a trading business after two weeks. It really shows that with hard work, you can achieve your dream!"
Throughout the two weeks, the PopUp Business School, held in Weston-super-Mare, ran a competition for the fastest business created. The award went to a local business which works with retail outlets to maximise their selling potential and in its first week, attracted 200 visits to their website and sold their first contract! The award was presented by John Penrose MP, who came along on the last day to show his support. Mr Penrose even took part in a social media workshop, learning how to make full use of Twitter.
Michael Williams, Business Enterprise Manager at Alliance Homes, said: "The results from the last two weeks indicate that this business model helps people to gain the confidence and the skills required to compete in today's economy. The way consumers and businesses interact is changing and new forms of media such as Facebook and Twitter will provide opportunities for business leaders from more diverse backgrounds."
Heidi Leyshon, Community Empowerment Team Manager at Knightstone, added: "We loved the innovation in this partnership. It gave residents in North Somerset a different solution to the local jobs market. The school has given people the confidence to take their ideas forward, make a difference to lives and contribute to their local economy."