Hammerson Plc has teamed up with Pop Up Business School to deliver start-up training to thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs across The United Kingdom and Ireland. From September to December 2017 a number of Hammerson shopping centres including Cabot Circus, Bristol, Westquay, Southampton, Silverburn, Glasgow and Highcross, Leicester will play host to aspiring entrepreneurs. For two weeks in each venue the Pop Up Business School will teach members of the public how to start their own business from scratch.

Since 2011, Pop Up Business School has been travelling around the country helping people learn the necessary skills to start their own business. However, the advice is radically different to ‘traditional’ enterprise support. The School doesn't preach bank loans or business plans, instead it focuses on getting students to make returns first.

The tour kicks off in Croydon on Monday the 25th of September at The Whitgift Centre and finishes eleven weeks later in Dublin at Dundrum Shopping centre on the 11th of December. It is estimated around sixty to ninety businesses on average will be started at each location.

Co-founder, Alan Donegan said “Working with Hammerson and its shopping centres has changed the game of business startup support. We have gone from a process of months for starting up to people making their first sale in just a few days! Working with Hammerson has given entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to launch their businesses quickly and in doing so the business is making a true difference in people’s lives"

Jon Brookes, Community Manager at Hammerson Plc, said “Hammerson is committed to supporting the local communities around our centres and the partnership with Pop Up Business school is a fast, smart and hard hitting way to do so, whilst helping to create new and exciting businesses”

About Hammerson Plc

Hammerson is a FTSE 100 owner, manager and developer of retail destinations in Europe. Our portfolio of high-quality retail property has a value of around £10 billion and includes 23 prime shopping centres, 18 convenient retail parks and investments in 19 premium outlet villages, through our partnership with Value Retail and the VIA Outlets joint venture. Key investments include Bullring, Birmingham, Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin and Les Terrasses du Port, Marseille.

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.

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Founded in 2011, The PopUp Business School is a business school that is the polar opposite of 'traditional' enterprise support. PopUp Business School travel around the U.K teaching people how to start businesses. They don't believe in loans, business plans or complex financial forecasts. They focus on sales and making money.