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Support for Norfolk entrepreneurs to take their idea from bedroom to business

20 October 2021

The Business & IP Centre Norfolk, managed by Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service, is offering a free six-week online programme that will take budding business owners on a journey from ‘Bedroom to Business’.

Over the past 18 months, many people have had to find alternative sources of income, including considering setting up their own business. This programme will help aspiring business owners develop their idea and provide the tools needed to get started.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for communities and partnerships, said “The pandemic has forced many people to rethink their situation. For some, unfortunately redundancy has meant they’ve found themselves without a job while others are looking for more flexibility in how they work.

“Self-employment is one option to consider, and this six-week programme is perfect for anyone wondering if starting a business would be right for them. Providing free start-up business support through libraries is a way of reaching people who might not otherwise have thought of starting out on their own. It could be anything from turning a spare room hobby into a sideline to setting up as a freelance accountant.”

Bedroom to Business is being delivered by MENTA Business Support and consists of six two-hour workshops with a chance for questions and one-to-one coaching sessions after each workshop.

Starting on Friday 5 November, the six workshops will run weekly and cover topics including: pros and cons of being self-employed; identifying any additional skills needed; developing a business plan; business funding; registering your business.

Workshops will be limited to a maximum of 10 people to allow participants to get the most out of the sessions. If anyone is unable to attend this programme, Bedroom to Business will run again starting in January.

Participants will need to live, work or study in Norfolk or close to a Norfolk library to be eligible for this programme.

For more information and to register, visit Bedroom to Business or www.bipcnorfolk.eventbrite.com.

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To hear from the people behind three Norfolk businesses that have been supported by BIPC Norfolk, watch the YouTube video.

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