The inspiration to start her own business came about almost by accident for Ellen Grindley, after a friend’s invitation to attend a local business-networking group led her to spot a new opportunity to work for herself.
With a 20 year career in the media as a journalist, reporter [and later], news editor, Ellen decided to ‘go it alone’, using her extensive skills and experience to start her own business providing a multi-functional professional public relations, journalism and copywriting service.
“I came across Outset Torbay at a local jobs fair soon after the networking group and I was keen to get any help I could to get my business off the ground. I had already secured my first client but knew I was making many mistakes! After a very positive chat with the Outset advisor I felt really encouraged to take the next step”
Ellen joined the Outset Torbay programme in November 2010 and immediately found the group interaction and individual support from the advisors invaluable. “After every session I felt positive, encouraged and reinvigorated. The sessions were the energy boost I needed and kept me going which is really important if your business involves working alone for long periods. The one-to-one sessions with my advisor, Julie, have really helped put everything into perspective and explain what I need to know about running my own business, in a way that makes sense.”
“I found the workshops inspiring, not just because of the course leaders who are very encouraging and helpful, but also by meeting others like-minded people. Although at different stages of their business, the other entrepreneurs on the programme were full of ideas and suggestions. I found the course particularly useful in helping me understand about finance and the more practical aspects of running my own business.”
Since completing the Outset programme Ellen has gone on to launch Brightwell Communications, which is going from strength to strength. “I have ongoing work developing a local newspaper which is getting great feedback and have also secured PR contracts for local charitable organisations. I’m now able to focus on developing new opportunities using my expertise including specialist digital copywriting to dramatically improve the performance of business websites.”
“I’m learning an enormous amount every day, but the great thing is I can talk to the advisors on a one-to-one basis whenever I need that bit of extra support. The regular networking sessions are great too, for making new contacts and because I work mainly from home, I get a chance to meet people face to face!”
Outset Torbay has been funded by the ERDF Competitiveness and Employment programme, South West Regional Development Agency 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 Brightwell Communications contact Ellen Grindley on 0777 951 4899 or email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.outsettorbay.co.uk