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An inspirational business course that has seen scores of new enterprises set up across the UK is bringing its revolutionary ideas to Newport later this month.

The PopUp Business School team takes a new approach to business development, encouraging people to take something they already love and turn it into a going concern without worrying about complex business plans or expensive bank loans.

With almost 700 new businesses helped to get off the ground in 2018, £8.6million of funding is now allowing the PopUp Business School team to spread the message right across the south coast via a series of free, week-long events.

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From 21st to 25th October, would-be entrepreneurs on the Isle of Wight can attend Newclose County Cricket Ground to learn business skills, from the importance of networking to the best way to sell online. Above all, they will be encouraged to focus not on rules and regulations but on doing something they enjoy.

Henry Nicholson, PopUp Business School Chief Operations Officer, says:

“Like all our events, the sessions at Newclose County Cricket Ground at the end of October will be aimed at people who dream of setting up their own small business and making money from something they love.

“We aim to inspire them to forget about red tape and just have a go, but without getting into debt.

“The course covers everything from sales and social media to networking, setting up a free website and marketing.  We also talk about tax, business structure and finance because they are important, but we leave those topics until the end because it’s more important to focus on your dream.”

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The free sessions run from 10:00 to 15:00 Monday to Friday. Although places on the Isle of Wight course are free, they need to be booked by visiting

Optivo Housing Association, who are delivering the programme with support from Southern Housing Group and Sovereign, may be able to help if child care and transport costs are a barrier, but support must be agreed in advance by contacting Daisy Littlemore on 07720 079201.


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