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Popup Business School comes to Dover

Make money doing what you love!

The Dover PopUp Business School this summer is a series of workshops from the award-winning startup training team to help launch new businesses and give local residents the opportunity to trade in the Dover district.  We are working alongside our partners, Dover Big Local, Southern Housing and West Kent Housing, who have provided the Dover Big Local Hub in the Charlton Centre to work and trade from.

We will be in the Dover Big Local Hub in the Charlton Centre for five days from 15-19 May 2017 and local residents will be able to come in and use the space to test their business ideas.  Here's what we will be covering: 

  • How to start a business for free
  • How to test your business idea and make money
  • How to build a website for free
  • How to find customers using social media
  • Tax and insurance made simple

This is a one-off opportunity to get trading with no rent, rates or expenses.  Come in and start test trading in the Dover Big Local Hub, Charlton Centre, Dover.

Co-founder Simon Paine said: “We want to help you get going. People who are fed up with the daily grind and want to try something new. People who struggle to get their ideas off the ground. Business has changed so much that there are more possibilities than ever to get an idea going quickly, even if you haven’t got any money.”

About PopUp Business School

Frustrated by the traditional approach to starting up, co-founders Alan Donegan and Simon Paine decided to challenge the system when they set up five years ago. Forget suits, ties and briefcases. PopUp Business School is all about offering BIG opportunities to every member of society, from lone parents to the unemployed, people with disability and ex-offenders, NEETs and other disadvantaged members of the community.

PopUp Business School is the polar opposite of tried and tested approaches to enterprise support. Rather than preach the importance of business plans, company structures and loan funding, Donegan and Paine turn this model on its head to achieve far greater results. Using a combination of the latest online business models and a rapid approach to sales, PopUp Business School is fast, smart and seriously hard hitting and their results speak for themselves, with 50% attendees getting going within two weeks.

Over the past five years Donegan and Paine have worked tirelessly to transform PopUp Business School from an ambitious idea into a nationwide enterprise that’s helped hundreds of Brits kick-start their commercial dreams, with zero reliance on grant funding!

“Most people think you need a business plan and funding to get an idea off the ground. We show people how to start with no money, find the confidence to get going and make sales,” added Donegan.

For more information or to book a place, visit:

Notes to editors

  1. The PopUp Business School was founded in 2011 to give business and enterprise skills to people that need it the most 
  2. The PopUp Business School approach is the complete opposite to traditional start-up support 
  3. The PopUp Business School focuses on harder-to-start people (e.g. low income, unemployed, people with a disability, single parents, ex-offenders) 
  4. 98% of participants experience a significant boost in their confidence, business skills and ability to make things happen.


Posted on 13/04/2017