A free PopUp Business School which gives participants the tools to start their own business without capital or funding is returning to Newport in from June 4 to 15 at Newport Market.

The PopUp Business School is open to anyone, free of charge, wanting to start their own business and is being run in partnership with Newport City Council. The life-changing two-week training course provides participants with the support and tools to start a business as well as the confidence to make the first step.

Simon Paine, The PopUp Business School, co-founder, said: “We are giving local people the tools to change their own world. Our approach is anything but traditional.

"We have our own unconventional model for supporting businesses that doesn’t involve a business plan.

"Thirty per cent of the people that come on our course start their business before the end of the workshop and 27 per cent make their first sale.

"Anyone in Newport who would like to learn new skills, who has a business idea or a fledgling business can book a place on the course and will take home with them practical advice, training and a clear way forward.”

The PopUp Business School, which is being delivered across the UK, helps potential entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups take their businesses towards their first sale.

The training schedule includes a mix of practical sessions, one-to-one coaching, workshop sessions and peer support. Workshop topics include starting a business without investment, sales and marketing, building a free website and finding customers.

The PopUp Business School has already been successful in Newport where it has visited four times.

This year, it will be visiting Cardiff, Swansea, Bridgend and Merthyr Tydfil for the first time.

Simon Paine said: “The response we have had in Newport has always been amazing. We are thrilled to be coming back again to help even more people achieve their goals of running their own businesses. The reaction from the people of Newport has inspired our tour of South Wales and our determination to reach even more people in the region.”

Cllr Jane Mudd, Newport City Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and housing, said: “It’s great that the PopUp Business School is returning to the city and we are pleased that Newport Now, the business improvement district organisation and Monmouthshire Housing Association, is helping with funding again this time.

“We know people have gained so much from participating with many being inspired and encouraged to turn their business ideas into reality. I would encourage budding entrepreneurs to take advantage of this excellent opportunity.”

The PopUp Business School is available free of charge to participants through sponsorship and funding from Newport City Council.

To book a free place visit: www.popupbusinessschool.co.uk/events.