Kensington and Chelsea business owners and budding entrepreneurs can get free training from the 11th-24th of November as part of Kensington and Chelsea Council’s ‘Into Enterprise’ event.
This year, for the first time, the event is being extended from a one-week programme to a full fortnight as part of Council plans to boost enterprising opportunities in the already bustling borough. The fortnight of activity runs in tandem with Global Entrepreneurship Week, involving the borough in a worldwide effort to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The first week offers limited free places on an acclaimed course by PopUp Business School, hosted at the Museum of Brands, including sessions on:
- how to start a business fast and for free
- advice on marketing and sales tactics
- legal information for dealing with accounting and tax
- technical tips on building a website and online payment
The second week will see a programme of events, one-to-one sessions, and workshops. Activities will be hosted by the Council’s partners, for people of all ages, from schoolchildren to over-65s. Attendees can hear talks, including by Glenn Manoff, Senior VP of Brand & Communications at Trustpilot, and get advice on a wide range of subjects, including on how to become a market or Carnival trader.
“We have a thriving business community, and we want budding entrepreneurs to be inspired to start and grow their business in our borough,” said Councillor Catherine Faulks, Lead Member for Skills and Enterprise at Kensington and Chelsea Council. “It’s exciting to have local, national, and international experts offering advice during Into Enterprise fortnight, but it’s also a brilliant opportunity to find out what’s on offer all year round in Kensington and Chelsea to help residents improve their skills, job prospects, and businesses.”
Kensington and Chelsea currently have around 15,000 businesses operating in the borough, making a considerable contribution to the economy. The borough is also home to about 20,000 self-employed people, 15 percent of the working-age population, which is higher than the London average.
Into Enterprise will be launched on Monday the 11th of November at an opening event at the Museum of Brands, with Councillor Will Pascal, Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea.
“There’s nothing better than meeting someone with no business experience and guiding them through their first sale – it can transform lives,” said Simon Paine, PopUp Business School co-founder and CEO. “You don’t need money, experience, or a university degree to start a business. You just need an idea, some passion, and a bit of help. Many of those attending will leave with a business and a first sale. Those who don’t will still take away some basic skills, practical advice, and confidence.”
To find out more and see the full agenda, please visit www.rbkc.gov.uk/into-enterprise.