56 visitors attend Faringdon PopUp Business School

56 visitors attended the hugely successful PopUp Business School event at the Pump House in Faringdon, held from 4-8 February.

The intensive course was sponsored by Vale of White Horse District Council and the Vale4Business team and ran between 10:00am and 15:00pm daily, with a focus on discussing different subject areas each day. Topics included:

  • Starting a business with no money
  • Building a website for free
  • Getting to the top of Google searches
  • Taking online payments
  • Marketing and social media
  • Taxes and company structure

What is the PopUp Business School?

Founded in 2012 by Alan Donegan and Simon Paine, the partners thought that traditional approaches to starting a business, like applying for start-up loans and producing business plans, can put people off who may have great ideas.

The scheme was launched to find, inspire and help people start their own businesses. Over the last six years, the school has partnered with housing associations, universities, Jobcentre Plus and local authorities to help start more than 1,500 businesses in communities across the UK.

As well as the workshops, the team also provide one-to-one support wherever possible and continue online support to all participants after the event itself.

Business ideas

At the Faringdon event, entrepreneurs set up a wide range of companies including crochet heirloom blankets, a life-coaching program, a food experience consultancy, handmade sofas and craft workshops.

By the end of the course, 33 per cent of attendees were already trading and 30 per cent had made a sale.

Media coverage

The event was also attended by BBC Oxford, who explored the event and interviewed a current business owner in Faringdon.

To find out more about the PopUp Business School and to see a list of future events, click here.