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Free online business summer school for 16-25-year-olds in Norfolk

27 July 2021

There are so many options to choose from when leaving school - like apprenticeships, university, work experience, getting a job…

Or how about starting a business? It may seem a daunting idea at first, but there’s lots of free help on offer.

Starting next week, the Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Norfolk, managed by Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service, is running a free online Summer School for 16-25-year-olds to help them decide whether starting their own business might be right for them.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, Cabinet Member for Communities and Partnerships at Norfolk County Council, said: “The past 16 months have been tough for everyone, but especially young people whose education has faced disruption during the pandemic. With exam results coming up next month, lots of young people will be thinking about their future and one of the options might be to start their own business - either now or after completing further education and training.

“Based in libraries, BIPC Norfolk is a friendly, welcoming place to seek business information and this online Summer School is the perfect opportunity for young people to get their first taste of what it takes to start a business.”

Each session (Thursdays from 5 August to 2 September, 10am-12pm) will cover the basics of starting a business and the help there is on offer. The final session will give participants the chance to pitch a business idea to a panel, with the best pitch winning a £50 Amazon voucher.

Summer School programme:

  • Week 1 (5 August): An introduction to the Business & IP Centre Norfolk and the basics of protecting your business idea.
  • Week 2 (12 August): How to write a business plan (and why you need one)
  • Week 3 (19 August): Using social media for business
  • Week 4 (26 August): How to successfully pitch your business idea
  • Week 5 (2 September): Pitch to our panel - use what you’ve learned over the last month to pitch a business idea to our panel.

Participants are encouraged to attend all the Summer School workshops, but if this isn’t possible, once registered they can confirm which workshops they are able to attend. If they don’t have a business idea they would like to pitch, they are still welcome to attend the final session and watch the pitches.

For more details and to register, see the BIPC Norfolk Eventbrite page.

About the Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Norfolk

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Norfolk, managed by Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service, offers free and low-cost access to business intelligence, market research, 1-to-1s, training and IP guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups and more established SMEs in Norfolk.

In 2020, the British Library was awarded £13 million from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to grow the number of libraries offering business start-up support and to further develop provision within the existing National Network. BIPC Norfolk was awarded a share of this funding and is using it to expand the range of free business support offered, as well as increase the number of BIPC Locals around the county.

BIPC Norfolk operates from the regional hub at Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library with BIPC Locals in Cromer, King’s Lynn, Thetford, Great Yarmouth, Wroxham and Wymondham libraries.

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