Over 80 people attend the Didcot PopUp Business School

Over 80 people attended our Didcot PopUp Business School event, which ran from 27 – 31 January at the Didcot Civic Hall.

The intensive course was sponsored by South Oxfordshire District Council and Soha Housing and ran between 10:00 and 15:00 daily.

Different subject areas were focused on and discussed 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.

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.

Business ideas

At the Didcot event, entrepreneurs set up a wide range of companies including a life-coaching program, art therapy workshops, bath bomb cosmetics and more.

Media coverage

Councillor Robin Bennett, cabinet member for economic development and regeneration at South Oxfordshire District Council, took part in a live interview with Kat Orman on BBC Radio Oxford to talk about the PopUp Business School happening in Didcot next week.

The interview can be heard here from 1hr 36 minutes in.

He was also joined by Helen Haines who attended one of our PopUp events in Faringdon last year. Helen is the Director of Work Experience Specialist Ltd, a company that offers dynamic, innovative, straight forward solutions to organisations with a requirement to deliver work experience or work place visits.



To see all future PopUp Business School events, click here.