Pop-up business school opens doors

Posted on Monday 27th February 2017

Newport City Council Leader Councillor Debbie Wilcox today launched a pop-up business school offering first class advice and support to budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses.

More than 100 people are due to attend a series of free workshops over the next fortnight in The Gallery in Newport Market.

Councillor Wilcox said: “This is one of a number of initiatives that we have introduced to support businesses and help the city centre to develop and thrive. I look forward to seeing some of those participating in the school opening new businesses, or growing their current ventures, in the near future.”

Last year, the council established a business development fund, and one of it its initiatives has been to bring PopUp Business School to the city.

Councillor John Richards, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Investment, said: “It is fantastic that so many people who are interested in starting new ventures, or already have businesses, have signed up and I’m sure they will get some top tips from the informative workshops.”

Novice traders and established companies will be able to find out more about how to build a website for free, how to start a business with no money and how to find customers through social media.

The workshops will cover every aspect of starting, owning and running a business, as well as providing one-to-one support wherever possible, and continuing online support to all participants after the event.

PopUp Business School’s pioneering start-up team all run their own ventures and have a proven track record of helping others become self-employed.

As well as the council, other partners for the event are Newport City Homes, Business Wales, Communities First, Newport Now, Charter Housing, Monmouthshire Housing Association and Jobcentre Plus.

Businesses, even those that have not registered, can attend workshops throughout the two weeks. Find the timetable at

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