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Eleanor Stafford – Designed by Eleanor

When single mum and graphic designer Eleanor Stafford found herself facing redundancy for the second time she knew she needed help to assess her options for employment.

With a wealth of graphic design experience in publishing, marketing and advertising, but lacking the confidence to go it alone, Eleanor approached Outset Torbay to find out more about the possibilities of self-employment.

“I had wanted to go freelance for some time but really lacked the confidence to go for it,” says Eleanor. “Finding myself made redundant for the second time was the push I needed to finally explore whether I could make it work.”

Eleanor joined Outset Torbay’s weekly programme of workshops and began to look critically at her business idea, gaining support from her advisors to build her confidence.

“I am very passionate about creative design and love what I do, but I’ve struggled with self-belief! Outset Torbay has helped me to gain confidence – the weekly sessions have kept me motivated and the ongoing support to help me push forward is invaluable.”

Eleanor progressed through Outset Torbay’s Introduction to Enterprise and Business Start-up programmes, taking on board vital advice and guidance about how to run her business.

“The Outset programme has flagged up areas I hadn’t previously considered and has helped me to build a great foundation for starting a successful business. I now feel confident in my new venture and just knowing that the Outset advisors are on hand if I need them is a massive help.”

Eleanor has now launched Designed by Eleanor, a graphic design service for new and existing small businesses.

“Designed by Eleanor works with small businesses to help create a professional identity, integrated through print marketing, including logo, business cards, flyers and advertising.”

To find out more call Eleanor on 07773 339 458,  or email studio@designedbyeleanor.co.uk.

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, please call us on 0800 032 2905, email us on info@outsettorbay.co.uk or visit www.outsettorbay.co.uk