Staples is throwing it’s weight behind the The StartUp Britain Campaign in their aim to boost the economy by getting 500,000 new businesses launched in 2011. The retailer will host weekly Start up Saturday classes in its 138 stores for potential entrepreneurs – giving over prime retail space on a Saturday morning
Start up Saturday, which is being run by the small business support company Enterprise Nation and training providers CragRats, will be launched in seven stores on May 21, before being rolled out across the country from June. The course aims to help you turn a passion, hobby or skill into a way of making a living.
Staples Managing Director Andrew Gabriel said “The StartUp Britain Campaign has gathered momentum and really inspired people to think about launching their own venture. But we want to help them do more than think about it and believe StartUp Saturday can play a key role in turning great ideas into real businesses. Hopefully by holding the sessions in our stores we will break down the barriers to classroom learning and people of all ages will feel comfortable in signing up.”
Each session will be from 9.30am to 10.30am and students will be given a comprehensive workbook, which will include advice, case studies, useful links and tips. Individual classes cost just £10 and the full 12-week course is £100.
If you know someone that’s interested in starting a business and wants help and advice on everything from discovering your big idea right through to finance and marketing on a shoestring they can sign up for the classes on the Start up Saturday website.