If you’ve got the passion to back your own business, we’re right behind you
We’re running a pilot programme for people 50+ who have started, or want to create their own business. In addition to providing expert business advice on everything from marketing to financials, the Academy also gives you a chance to network with others taking a new road.
There’ll be monthly sessions by industry experts on subjects every startup needs to know, as well as channels for communication with peers as well as mentors throughout the programme.
Many of you will have noticed that job opportunities for mature, experienced people are diminishing. Most of us are not retiring. Around 57% of 50-59 year olds are forced out of their jobs. The reason is likely to be too many birthdays, rather than anything else.
Yet, while your former employer might think you’re too old to embrace change, the irony is that over-50s are the new business start-up generation. Around 14,000 of us have set up our own businesses in the last four years – triple the number started by those aged 18 to 24.
Yvonne Fuchs is an educator with experience in Adult Education and general education. She has an MA from Central St Martins and has held senior roles in HE and FE institutes, including being part of the Art School Inspectorate. She now applies her business expertise to social enterprises and the creative industries while running her own business, which includes advising creatives on the finer points of business.
A woman who wears many hats, Suzanne Noble has been a TV producer, head of an entertainment PR agency and founded her own tech start-up –Frugl- at the age of 53. She is also passionate about changing the media narrative around ageing, leading her to co-found the Advantages of Age, a movement that is extending its reach beyond the UK.