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Helen Lloyd-Hoare – Moonstone Glass

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Single parent Helen wanted to find a flexible means of income that would allow her to spend the time she needed with her home-educated children.

Having grown up with self-employed parents, she was no stranger to the concept of running a business. However, after dedicating the previous ten years to raising her children, she lacked the confidence to take the leap into self-employment.

“Outset Torbay was recommended by my Jobcentre Plus advisor,” says Helen, “but it was meeting the Outset advisors at a local community event that made me realise how approachable the team are and what a valuable programme it would be for me.”

After an informal one-to-one session with her local Outset advisor, she went on to start both the Introduction to Enterprise and Business Start-up workshops in Paignton. It was here that she was able to explore, research and validate her ideas for building a business around her creative skills as a stained glass artist.

“I found the programme to be highly accessible, engaging and informative. I am creative and enjoy being challenged when things are going well, but tend to get disheartened and discouraged quite easily. Outset Torbay helped to keep me focused and the structure of the workshops worked really well. It really improved my skills, particularly in business finance, research and planning, so that I could go on to start my business with confidence.”

Helen has now launched Moonstone Glass, a business which designs, manufactures and retails quality stained glass giftware.

“My new business is flourishing! I currently sell my products at weekly markets, gift fairs and online. I plan to increase my online activity by developing my own ecommerce website, rather than relying on other online market places. I want to build on my list of sales venues and become an established local business.”

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