Business advice comes closer to home with rollout of StartUp Saturday workshops

For budding entrepreneurs who haven’t been able to attend the monthly workshops in London, StartUp Saturday classes are launching in Birmingham and Morecambe with other locations to follow.

The ‘start your own business in a day’ workshops will be hosted and delivered by talented and entrepreneurial StartUp Saturday franchisees.

Until now, the one-day workshop that offers everything you need to know about starting a business has been delivered by Enterprise Nation founder, Emma Jones, in London. Jones says: “Based on feedback from small business owners around the country, we are spreading our wings and will be coming to locations nationwide.”

The first two StartUp Saturday franchisees are Enterprise Nation community members Rickie Josen (Birmingham) and Sharon Jackson (Morecambe).

Rickie Josen will be launching her first session at Hotel La Tour, Birmingham on Saturday 22nd September. Rickie has been self employed since 2004 and has run two different businesses during this time, with her latest venture focused on organising events, training and writing.

“My motto is that knowledge is gained to be shared and I love passing on knowledge, especially when it means people can get to the information sooner than I did when starting out in business. I would have loved to have attended a StartUp Saturday when I was starting out back in 2004!” says Rickie

“Enterprise Nation has been a place for me to turn since it launched and over the years I’ve enjoyed contributing by writing about my love of being self-employed. It’s the first place I suggest new businesses turn so it makes perfect sense for me to be a StartUp Saturday franchisee!”

Sharon Jackson will be starting her franchise journey with a first workshop on Saturday 29th September. Sharon is a freelance web designer working with start-ups and small businesses, and will reach her 4th business birthday in November.

Jackson says: “Being a StartUp Saturday franchisee is very much in line with what I do in my freelance career, which is to help people get their business up and running. Often this is by helping them get the right website, but much of the time it’s sharing the knowledge I’ve gained over the last few years – the mistakes I made, successes I achieved, and so on. I have always liked the ethos of Enterprise Nation and by becoming a franchisee, hope to help even more people successfully become their own boss.”

Following a successful launch of workshops in Morecambe and Birmingham, StartUp Saturday will continue to expand to new locations with a vision of having weekly workshops up and down the UK!

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Paul Jones

Editor of Business Matters, the UKs largest business magazine

Editor of Business Matters, the UKs largest business magazine