Read the stories of people who have started a business through Outset.
With a young family to support, 23-year-old Alex Secker’s life was turned upside-down when he was made redundant by Nationwide. So when his partner obtained a good job, he seized the opportunity to fulfill his ambition of starting a business.
Many people dream of giving up their job and making the leap towards working for themselves, but never actually take that first step. For others, there has never been a doubt that they would make their own way in life.
Having no previous experience in a business sector can sometimes be advantageous to starting a business: when you don’t know what is and isn’t possible, you aren’t bound by the traditions and trappings of the industry and can come up with new and innovative ways to succeed.
Michael joined Outset Bristol’s start-up programme with the idea of using the extra rooms in his house to generate income.
Vincent Brissenden had been long-term unemployed before he joined the Outset Bristol programme. “There’s simply nothing else like it around,” says Vincent. “I tried other courses but found Business Link too impersonal. I really appreciate the friendly encouragement and ongoing support I received.”
Most clients who complete the Outset NEA programme have typically overcome their own, personal challenges when starting their own business. For Faisel Ghazghazi, the challenge of finding a job after being tarred with the brush of a criminal record was significant and frustrating.
When her advisor at Jobcentre Plus talked to her about creating her own job through self-employment and recommended Outset Torbay’s fully funded start-up support, Claudenicia jumped at the chance to find out more.
Before starting his Outset journey, Chris was working part-time in a pizza takeaway as well as studying for a degree in web design.On completion of his degree, he knew the job market was bleak. However, after hearing about Outset through a friend, he was motivated to take matters into his own hands.
Living and working in the same area for a long period can be a great advantage when exploring the possibility of starting a new business. Without much effort, the people who attend our workshops are able to draw on their knowledge of local services, shops and leisure facilities available. It only takes a bit more research to identify the potential gaps in the market.
Stu Williams lost his sight when an operation left him unexpectedly visually impaired. Outset Cornwall helped him to launch a community radio station, creating new employment opportunities and improving community integration.