A free training course that provided participants with the support and tools to start a business took place in May with more than 80 Havering residents taking part.
The PopUp Business School, runs across the UK, and helps potential entrepreneurs and small businesses kick-start their careers by boosting their confidence and providing a mix of practical sessions and workshops.
The course visited Havering for the first time following a grant application from Havering Council’s joint venture partner, Wates Residential.
The Council is currently working in partnership with the national developer to deliver one of the capital’s biggest regeneration projects over the next 12 to 15 years. As part of the project, the partners are investing in education, training and skills to support the commitment to deliver a borough-wide legacy.
Funding for the course was granted by Wates Giving, a charitable programme of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust.
Havering’s PopUp Business School was attended by 84 residents from across the borough, with 51 taking part in a special ‘graduation’ ceremony to toast their success at Joe’s Place in The Mercury Shopping Centre, Romford.
Representatives who attended the ceremony included director of regeneration for Havering Council, Neil Stubbings, chairman of Wates Giving, Andy Wates, and operations director for Wates Residential, Adrian Fennessy.
The training schedule had included a mix of practical sessions, one-to-one coaching, workshop sessions and peer support. Workshops topics included starting a business without investment, sales and marketing, building a free website and how to find customers.
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