Women reap the benefits of business support initiative
A GROUP of Torbay women are the latest set of budding entrepreneurs to prepare for self-employment with help from a free local business start-up support programme.
Outset Torbay provides tailored support for under-represented enterprise groups to start their own businesses, including women, 18 to 24 year olds, the over 50s, those with disabilities or health issues, and long-term unemployed.
The latest group of women to benefit from this specialist support undertook Outset Torbay's series of business start-up workshops at St Peter's Centre, Chelston, where they developed their ideas, confidence and skills, to prepare for starting their own businesses.
Upon completing the eight-week programme, they each delivered a pitch on their business idea, which had been researched and tested during the course of the programme.
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Nicole Amil, Cllr for Cockington with Chelston, joined the women to see their final business presentations, before praising the group for their progress in developing their business plans and for taking the leap into self-employment.
Julie Seddon, Enterprise Advisor at Outset Torbay, said: "We're working with a range of under-represented enterprise groups to overcome barriers to employment and create viable new businesses in Torbay.
"This was a fantastic group of women, who were also able to benefit from our provision of a free crèche, making the course much more accessible to mums.
"We're looking forward to continuing to support these women as they go on to achieve their business goals and beyond."
Outset client Natalia Virdee said: "The Outset workshops have helped my business partner and I to think through and plan our new business, The Happy Tea Company, so it has the best chance for success.
"We've gained so much support from others in the group, and the free crèche facility made it possible for us to attend."
Outset Torbay, the £1.8million intensive start-up programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Torbay Development Agency, is the headline sponsor of the Herald Express Women of Achievements Awards, which takes place on Friday, July 6 and will celebrate the talents of local women across business and the community.
Intensive business start-up workshops are taking place across Torbay. Anyone interested in exploring their potential for self-employment should contact Outset Torbay free on 0800 032 2905 or visit www.outsettorbay.co.uk