Success at the Shrivenham Pop Up Business School

The results are in for the success of the Pop Up Business School, held in Shrivenham in October. The event report, created by Pop Up Business School, summarises who attended and what they got out of the course.

The intensive course was sponsored by Vale of White Horse District Council and the South and Vale Business Support 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

Why SVBS sponsor these events

As part of our BIS Action Plan 2017 to 2020 we strive to support businesses to grow and ensure they benefit from support that is available. 

The feedback from attendees emphasises how appreciative they are for the opportunity to attend the free course.

Who attended?

33 people attended at some point during the week, with a core of 30 participants attending every day. People travelled from as far as Stroud, Thatcham and Chippenham to attend the event as well as plenty of local residents from Highworth, Faringdon and Royal Wootton Bassett. 

58 per cent of attendees had never run a business before.

What did attendees gain from the event?

48 per cent of attendees were trading by the end of the week with 48 per cent almost ready. An amazing 34 per cent already having made a sale by the end of the week. As well as 55 per cent having a website published and 41 per cent already in progress.

The impact on capabilities of the attendees improved across all four categories measured after the week long course.

Business ideas

At the Shrivenham event, entrepreneurs set up a wide range of businesses including interior design, electronic fixing, graduation pics and many more.

The free to design websites set up by the attendees and social media pages can be viewed within the event report.

‘So Sustainable’ set up by Steph Van de Pette at the Berinsfield Pop Up Business School made local news this summer. 

How you can get involved

SVBS are sponsoring another event in January 2020 to be held in Didcot, more details will be available shortly.  This, and other business related news and events are shared through our newsletterwebsite and twitter, so keep in touch to find out more.

Also, if you can’t attend our next event you can use the Pop Up Business School’s step by step online guide. This guides you, in 20 steps, how to start a business and make money without spending anything.