BUSINESSES can take advantage of more than 150 free events as part of Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning.

The week-long festival, running from June 9-15, will include free training and professional development opportunities.

Those opportunities range from finding out if your website makes a good first impression to hands-on media training and tips on improving project management.

University staff will share their expertise in interactive workshops, taster sessions and seminars.

Mark Painter, manager of the university’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, runs An Afternoon With Entrepreneurs on Thursday, June 12, starting with a networking buffet at 1pm.

Tim Sharp, of Southbourne-based Collaborate Consultancy, went to a number of Festival of Learning events last year, including one on how to maximise the opportunities offered by social media.

He said: “It gave me a broader understanding and introduced me to new platforms to go away and explore.”

He added: “It was also a great way to make useful contacts by networking with peers who have similar interests.”

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