June 4 - 15 2018 at Newport Market, 10am - 3pm
Inspirational, amazing and brilliant – just some of the words used by those who attended the pop-up business school in Newport in September 2017.
More than 100 people attended free workshops and talks held in the gallery area of Newport Market, an initiative funded by Newport City Council's business development fund.
Anyone in Newport who would like to learn new skills, has a business idea or a fledgling business can book a place on the course and receive practical advice and training.
Some of the people who attended previous events said:
Elaine Langford decided to turn something she did for family and friends into a new business, Llanmartin Lawns and Landscapes. 'When I was made redundant, it was something I was thinking of doing and the Pop-up Business School has given me just the push I needed.'
Twenty-year-old Ryan Griffiths already had experience in business, having set up his own online company at the age of just 16. Now the young entrepreneur is preparing to open his own coffee shop just outside Friars Walk so he was picking up some top tips at the event.
Jeff Smith, aka Erbie the Clown, is rekindling a venture. He stopped being an entertainer at the time of the recession in 2009 and has worked as a bus driver for eight years. He recently put on the bowler hat, red nose and big shoes again to offer his services at parties, promotional events and shop openings. 'I came to the pop-up business school because the environment has changes since 2009 and the way forward is now through social media.'
'I started up a business twitter account and within four hours I had two inquiries and another one this morning. They (those running the school) have been phenomenal and they’ve even done me a video. Without a shadow of a doubt it was well worth coming.'
Annette Buttress, of Ringland, makes bespoke textile gifts, such as bags and aprons, under her new business name of Annette’s Fabric Creations. 'I used to work for the council and when I finished I decided to go for my dream but I didn’t have a clue how to do it properly. The pop-up business school has been amazing. They have helped me with a website and a page on Facebook.'
Dr Wendy Taylor provides key stage two to key stage five English tuition in people’s homes. The qualified teacher, who is DBS checked, said: 'I wanted to know about social media advertising and it has been extremely helpful. If anyone else is thinking about going to a similar event, I would definitely recommend it.'
Chris Phillips attended to get some advice for his wife Rachel’s new business - RJ Phillips Interiors in Church Road. 'It has been very useful.'