At aged 50, Chris Lancaster’s long-standing career with the Police force came to an end following widespread financial cutbacks across the service. The reality of losing a guaranteed salary was daunting, but it was an opportunity for Chris to reassess his future and explore new opportunities for self-employment.
“I saw that others were succeeding in business and I thought, “I could do that”, says Chris, “but to achieve success in a new business venture I knew that I would need the best guidance and support. I’d heard that Outset Torbay could help and I wasn’t disappointed.”
In conjunction with looking for a unique business opportunity that would suit Chris’s skills and interests, he joined Outset’s free Introduction to Enterprise and later, Business Start-up programmes to give him the tools to start and run his own business.
“I found the Outset programme very useful. The Business Start-up workshops were more in depth and confirmed what I had learned on the previous Introduction to Enterprise sessions and it was fantastic to interact with other clients on the courses, many of whom I am still in contact with.”
Chris went on to launch Devon-based Clayzer, a mobile lazer clay pigeon shooting experience, available for hire across corporate events, family fun days, village fetes, weddings, stag and hen parties, fundraising events and team-building days.
“I wanted to find something that I would enjoy getting out of bed to do and I have managed to achieve that. Outset has really impressed me and I now have the tools I need to grow the business slowly, whilst enabling me to lead a stress free life (after all I am supposed to be retired!)”.
Since launching the business in May 2012, Clayzer has featured at a range of outdoor events, giving guests a great experience and getting the business more widely known.
“Since attending some of the bigger local events, I now have bookings coming in for private events, which for me is the way forward. In addition, I have been taking Clayzer to large holiday parks, which is something I hope to develop further next year.”
For more information on Clayzer laser clay pigeon shooting visit www.clayzer.co.uk or call Chris Lancaster on 07983 979696.
Outset Torbay has been funded by the ERDF Competitiveness and Employment programme and Torbay Development Agency which invests in activities that will have a long-term impact on the growth and development of the local economy.
For more information on how Outset Torbay could help you develop your business idea into a reality, call us on 0800 032 2905, email us on email@example.com or visit www.outsettorbay.co.uk.