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Start up your business with Startup School for Seniors

Startup School for Seniors is a unique online course, teaching you how to start a business if you are aged over 50.

Learn Ealing is very proud of being a partner of this free course which can help you start a new business at a later age and features

  • More than 25 hours of video lessons
  • Qualified mentors to guide you
  • A weekly exploration and collaboration call to help you to articulate your business ideas
  • A supportive private Facebook group to help you continue your startup journey and provide you with valuable resources.

You might have already seen Laura’s story and experience of taking part in the programme.

Meet Harbinder

Harbinder, 71, an Ealing resident, has developed a food business selling freshly prepared chilli relishes, Bavi’s Condiments. Watch Harbinder sharing her experience in a video. She says:

“When I joined the Startup School for Seniors I was quite surprised. Both Suzanne and Mark were very friendly. They made everyone at ease. The group was nice, they were like me – new people.

When I started my business in May, I needed answers to my questions – where to go for information; who to contact; budgeting; how to market your product; why would people want to buy it? And you can Google as much as you’d like but the specific information was difficult to combine.

And that’s why this course is very very very helpful. The startup advice and support I received was invaluable.”

Watch Harbinder’s full video where she shares her experience of being part of the Startup School for Seniors.

If you’d like to try Harbinder’s tasty products, you can email her.

According to Suzanne Noble, 60, co-founder of Startup School for Seniors, “Many people over 50s have complex lives such as caring for an elderly parent or a child, which prevent them from accessing traditional courses taught in venues. With this in mind, it was important for us to create a course that fits in with our people’s lifestyle and where they could meet others in similar circumstances.”

Mark Elliott, 57, co-founder of the school also adds “many people later in life find it difficult to obtain a job that suits the pace or flexibility that they need, so self-employment or starting a business is often the best way for them to achieve this. Startup School for Seniors shows them what to do and helps them do it.”

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for decent living incomes, comments:
“Startup School for Seniors is a fantastic initiative aimed at helping people at a later age start and succeed at their business and we are very pleased we can support it.

“If you have a business idea in mind or an already existing business, which you want to develop, I’d encourage you to sign up for the Startup School for Seniors and turn your business idea into reality with their help.”

Turn your business idea into reality

Whether you have lost your job during the Covid-19 pandemic or considering a career change, take your first step towards being self-employed and join Startup School for Seniors. If there isn’t a course taking place, you can leave your email address and you will be contacted.

Good jobs for Ealing

Ealing’s Plan for Good Jobs is the council’s action plan that sets out the short-term actions that are needed to help Ealing’s economy recover from the pandemic. The plan sets out a number of key priorities for the council and its partners including helping residents into gainful employment by making it easier for them to find jobs, retrain and develop new skills for growth sector employment. Focus will also be on protecting and nurturing existing businesses and encouraging local employers to work with the council to create good jobs.

Ealing’s Plan for Good Jobs is the council’s commitment to help the borough get back on its feet and create a sustainable economy.

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