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Find out how you can become an entrepreneur

If you live in Merton and are interested in setting up your own business or are wondering what it involves, why not go along to our free Enterprise Week taking place at Pollards Hill, Monday 10 - Friday 14 September?

The week-long event, in partnership with United Living, will offer 13 workshops where you will be able to learn everything from CV writing to business planning, GDPR to skills and training, health and safety to B2B networking, funding to branding, social media tips and much, much more!

A Dragons Den style event will also be taking place on Wednesday 12 September, where a selection of 18 to 30 year olds who pre-submitted their business plans will be asked to present their idea to a panel of judges, with the winner receiving £2,000 funding to kick-start their business.

Our Director of Strategic Asset Investment, Marian Burke, said: “We hope our free Enterprise Week gives residents a real insight into what it takes to get a business up and running and inspires them to follow their dreams.”

Sharon Heslop, Community Development Officer, United Living said: “United Living are delighted to be involved with enterprise week as it’s a great opportunity for local residents to get involved with developing Pollards Hill as a local business hub.”

Workshops are open to all Merton residents who would like to learn more about starting their own business. Residents are welcome to attend as many workshops as they like. The Enterprise Week is a partnership project between Moat, LondonYouth Support Trust, Merton Council and United Living who will also be delivering workshops. Marketing agency, Fivespoons will be delivering the Social Media for Business workshop.

You can download the full programme of activities or pop into our estate office to pick one up: Pollards Studio, 50 Montgomery Close, South Lodge Avenue, Mitcham, CR4 1XS.

Pollards Hill’s free Enterprise Week will also feature the launch of Pollards Hill’s free Training Programme which will offer everything from week-long to year-long courses, many of which are accredited. Industries range from construction, painting and decorating, cleaning and support services and driving, as well as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and employment support.

Find out more about our free offers, by contacting Moat’s Regeneration Engagement Officer, Leanne, Email: leanne.corley@moat.co.uk or call Freephone: 0300 323 0011.