A POP-UP business school in Newport was described as “inspirational” by visitors.

More than 100 people attended free workshops and talks held in the gallery area of Newport Market.

Last year, Newport City Council established a development fund to support business growth, and one of the initiatives was to host a pop-up Business School.

Held across a fortnight, it attracted more than 100 people from those with just a small idea to established businesses. It was held at the same time as a market competition which saw people with business ideas that could work in Newport Market to pitch their idea to a Dragons’ Den style panel.

Around 50 people turned up to the meeting and were given advice on the different ways to set up their own business.

One of the attendees, Andrea Carter, of Lillypod Designs in Abergavenny, said the event has been “brilliant” in helping her set up her own business.

Ms Carter began making “twiddle muffs” which are sensory items for people with dementia to keep their hands and minds focused. She created them after her dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and needed something to keep his hands occupied.

Speaking after the event, she said: “Abergavenny council sent me information about the free pop-up business school. It was something I always wanted to do but didn’t know how, but now I do. It has been brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to start their own business.”

And Jackie Shaddad, of Rogerstone, who is a full-time carer for her parents and would like to turn her cake decorating hobby into a business, called Mama J Cakes, said the day was “insightful” and a “breath of fresh air”.

As Ms Shaddad is looking to work around her parents, she said: “It’s nice to know it can be so flexible and I can start up with no money.”

Councillor Debbie Wilcox, leader of Newport City Council, said: “We were delighted to welcome the PopUp Business School to Newport and it has proved an outstanding success.

“It has been fantastic to hear that so many people want to start a new business or develop an existing one, and I’m thrilled that this event has been able to give them the confidence or knowledge that they need to do just that.

“I very much hope this is something that we will be able to repeat in the future, and that even more people will take the opportunity to get an invaluable insight into turning an idea into a reality, or helping their business grow.”

Alan Donegan, of PopUp Business School, added: “It was brilliant. We have been helping people to see you don’t need money to start a business.”