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Rebel Business School are the UK’s leading alternative to the traditional way of starting a business – and they’re bringing their FREE courses to the North East next week

Written by High Life North
Published 23.06.2021

Residents in Newcastle and Gateshead are being offered the chance to receive free start-up training and support by a Queen’s Enterprise Award-winning organisation dedicated to teaching you how to start a business, without getting into debt.

Rebel Business School is coming to Newcastle and Gateshead at the end of June, with a mission to show budding entrepreneurs how to start-up a business without the burden of debt.

Their online courses are free to residents in Newcastle and Gateshead and focus on giving attendees from all backgrounds the opportunity, knowledge and confidence to turn their business ideas into reality – while on a shoestring budget.

Entrepreneurs from the region are backing Rebel Business School’s campaign, including Sarah Pittendrigh, James Ogilvie, Michelle Crewe, Sally Minns and Craig Smith – all of whom have built successful businesses from scratch and are keen to inspire and support others in the region who are looking to start their own business.




Founded by Simon Paine and Alan Donegan in 2010, Rebel Business School teaches some of society’s most disadvantaged members to start up their own enterprises on shoestring budgets. In April 2021, Rebel Business School earned a Queen’s Enterprise Award for ‘Promoting Opportunity’ with their mission to change the way entrepreneurship is taught around the world.

Globally, Rebel Business School has helped people out of work or seeking self-employment, those who have suddenly found their career taking a different direction, or those ‘5-to-9’ entrepreneurs who run a business in the evenings after work, along with many others in different circumstances who didn’t think they could start up a business and needed some encouragement.


Last year, its free-to-attend courses reached over 3,500 people globally – 2,400 of which were in the UK. Approximately a third of those attending were unemployed and over 40% were on government benefits. Despite the humble beginnings of many of the courses’ participants, over 800 people launched their companies during or straight after a Rebel Business School event in 2020, with 646 people making their first sale during the course.


‘When you think of rebels, you may think of people who break the rules,’ explains Simon Paine, Rebel Business School’s co-founder and CEO. ‘The rules we follow are those based upon exploring new ideas and creating positive change for start-ups. With Rebel Business School, you can expect a completely different approach to starting a business.

‘We believe you don’t always need money, experience or a university degree to start a business. You just need an idea, some passion and a bit of help. Many of those attending will leave with a business idea and a first sale during the course. Those who don’t will still take away business skills, practical advice and confidence in their business idea. We like to say that this is the best business course money can’t buy – because our course is 100% free.’



Places on Rebel Business School’s online workshops are extremely popular and deliver a mix of practical sessions, one-to-one coaching, workshop sessions and local peer support that you can attend from home. As well as all that, the courses also introduce and talk about a range of work-focused skills to help you improve your job prospects.


‘There are tremendous opportunities out there that exist for start-ups and this isn’t just about pandemic recovery; the world is changing so fast,’ says Simon. ‘The world of work is changing – jobs are disappearing and the economic and emotional wellbeing of millions is in jeopardy. It has never been more important to empower people to start a business and now presents a time for new opportunities. Promoting opportunity and showing that anyone can set up a business is everything Rebel Business School stands for.’

Cementing their position as UK leaders in inclusive enterprise, Rebel Business School is aimed at anyone and everyone, regardless of your starting point or background. These courses are sponsored by local authorities through EU funding in order to give the very best advice and support for free.


Rebel Business School will be hosting two free online workshops in the North East – one for residents in Newcastle and the other for residents in Gateshead. The courses are in high demand so we’d recommend reserving your free place on the course nice and early.

Book a place on the Rebel Business School:

Monday 28th June, Newcastle 

Monday 28th June, Gateshead



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