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Pop Up Business School
Last Saturday and Sunday the Trust organised a Pop Up Business event at Harebreaks Community Hub. With over 30 people from Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere attending this was a key part of our drive to help 100 people into work by summer 2015.
I can never turn down the opportunity to expand my ideas and made sure I enrolled on this course as soon as I heard about it. Am I glad I did it was truly inspiring.
The weekend included exercises in confidence building, understanding your target market and selling skills. It also guided attendees on the use of social media and the internet for trading and a demonstration of how easy it is to build a website. The trainers were inspirational and good fun and the event was really engaging. So much so, that the group will be meeting again on Saturday 21st September to share their experiences and how they have got on with their 3 key actions they took from the weekend.
It’s great to see that an event such as this can help point people in the right direction with a little bit of support. This may be either through helping them take the next step in boosting their confidence in something they have wanted to undertake but were just not sure where to start or it may even be offering the right tools to find the correct way forward. Whatever the reasons may be, this event was definitely an outstanding success and I am really excited to see how these businesses develop in the future.
I gained so much knowledge and I thought you may be interested in reading some of the feedback we received at the end of the course as they are so positive:
One woman’s celebration cake business is a year old this month and she has had some real successes already, including making a Game of Thrones birthday cake - a chair made of swords, which was a wow at an 18th birthday party. However, she wanted to take her business further and the Pop-up Business School's team of experts has really helped her. The course leaders showed her what she could achieve and thanks to them she can now put her name out there! She confided she was afraid of using Facebook and Twitter' but now realises that all she needed was a bit more confidence. Making cakes is her dream and turning this into a reality that can make money is something that she has always wanted to do. And since she brought along some of her sample cakes to try, I can confirm that her baking skills are truly first class.
Another attendee lives close by so the event was perfect for him. He is interested in developing smart phones for a niche market and coming to the event really allowed him to reflect on his target market and how best to communicate his message. He loved the networking at the event 'I've made some good connections here with the other attendees and it’s great that we'll continue to meet and support each other in future.' At the event he found out about WENTA the local Watford business advice company and he has already booked onto a Marketing Course with them where he'll work more on his Business Plan.
The event was such a resounding success that we are intending to run another Pop-Up Business School at one of our other community hubs in 2014! I can thoroughly recommend it, so make sure you keep an eye out for details next year.
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