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Pop-up business school to teach residents how to start a business in Havering

The two-week course will run in the Mercury Mall

Aspiring entrepreneurs in Havering are being offered the chance to take a free course on starting a business. 

The free Pop-up business school will provide people with practical sessions, one-to-one coaching, and peer support. 

Workshop sessions are set to cover topics like starting a business without investment, sales and marketing, and building a free website. 

“We believe would-be entrepeneurs don’t need a complex business plan, expensive legal advice and a frighteningly big business loan; just an idea, some basic marketing skills and plenty of passion,” said Lead Project Manager, Alex Meade. 

“It would be fantastic if some people went on to start their own business as a result of the course, but there are also lots of other benefits in terms of picking up new skills, gaining confidence and understanding more about the opportunities on offer.”

The project is being funded by Wates Giving, the charitable arm of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust, which is working with Havering Council to help regenerate the borough.  

“This free two-week business course will have a tangible impact on the lives of participants and I look forward to hearing about everyone’s ideas and seeing the innovative businesses that are kick-started as a result,” said Kate Ives, Development Director for Wates Residential

It is part of a wider scheme by the council, which is investing in education, training, and skills over the next 12-15 years. 

“This is another example of how we as a Council are committed to increasing opportunities for local residents and including them throughout the entire build process,” said Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council. 

“Our ambitious regeneration plans aren’t just about bricks and mortar.”

More than 50 people have signed up already and spaces are limited. 

The course will run for two weeks in the Mercury Mall, from Monday, 13 May to Friday, 24 May. 

You can find out more here.

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