Self-employment is a desirable route into work for many people who need flexibility or dream of starting their own business. The Pop-Up Business School aims to show people that anyone can make those dreams a reality – and do it in a fun way.
The School works in collaboration with housing associations, Jobcentre Plus, councils and universities to deliver workshops to disadvantaged people with business ideas.
It runs a four-stage approach, beginning with a meeting with local partners to work out a particular community’s needs. It then promotes the School to as many people as possible, before popping up for a fixed period and running workshops, mentoring and training. Its focus at these events is not coming up with a business plan, but rather thinking about how businesses can get going without capital and investors, providing practical training such as website design, and motivating and exciting the participants. After it has closed, the School keeps in touch with participants and shares projects among communities to empower them.