West Devon Borough Council and South Hams District Council have partnered with the hugely popular PopUp Business School to help would-be start-ups in South West Devon to get their ideas off the ground this July.
Designed to inspire people and help them find the confidence to try their ideas, the PopUp Business School is aimed at everyone, from those with no cash and no business experience to fledgling start-ups that need guidance to keep on track.
PopUp's events are led by successful entrepreneurs and professionals and can be very sought after, with events regularly attracting over 100 aspiring business owners.
Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council, said: "It's a very challenging time for businesses which is why it's crucial to offer this support through the PopUp Business School. They offer excellent practical advice to existing businesses and to new ones too. On the training, you will get advice on growing your business, using marketing, websites and social media and also the legal information you need to progress. It's free and well worth signing up for."
Cllr Hilary Bastone, South Hams District Council's Deputy Leader, said: "We're delighted to team up with the PopUp Business School to offer free places on their business courses. This is a real opportunity to get professional advice on how to progress both start-ups and established businesses wanting to develop further and make a real impact in a difficult marketplace."
Attendees can expect a completely different approach to starting a business, Simon Paine, PopUp Business School co-founder and CEO, explains: "There's nothing better than meeting someone with no business experience and guiding them through their first sale - it can transform lives."
"You don't need money, experience or a university degree to start a business. You just need an idea, some passion and a bit of help."
"Many of those attending will leave with a business and a first sale. Those who don't will still take away business skills, practical advice and confidence. We like to say: 'this is the best business course money can't buy'."
The online training schedule includes a mix of practical sessions, one-to-one coaching, workshop sessions and local peer support that local South West Devon residents can attend from their homes.
At a similar event held in May, over a quarter of attendees started a new business and gained their first sale within five days.
While the team has a great track record of inspiring new businesses, they also introduce and talk about a range of work-focused skills aimed at helping people improve their job prospects, even if setting up their own business is a step too far.
The PopUp Business School welcomes people of all ages who are thinking about self-employment. Whether you are at the beginning of your start-up journey, or an already established business looking for new ways to grow and adapt, the course aims to provide the information, inspiration and practical advice to teach you how to build and evolve your business.