Liz Wimbleton had enjoyed a 20-year rewarding career supporting homeless families, but significant new changes to her job role meant that she would no longer have the same direct contact with families. Realising her passion for working with people, 50+ Liz looked for a new opportunity, where she could use her strengths and reach her potential.
It was the chance to open a new play café at the Torbay Olympic Gymnastics Club, where Liz had previously supported as a volunteer fundraiser, that prompted her to get in touch Outset Torbay for free, local business start-up support.
“I’d come in to contact with Outset, through my previous role”, says Liz. “I called them to see if I could join the programme of workshops and it all progressed from there. I had the full support of my family to go for it, so I did!”
The programme of 16 Introduction to Enterprise, and Business Start-up workshops, together with one-to-one coaching, enabled Liz to look at all aspects of the business opportunity, identifying its viability through market research, and looking critically at her business plan.
“The whole programme makes you think about each area of business…I definitely wouldn’t have been as organised or prepared without it. I really enjoyed the group participation and appreciated their ideas and suggestions. I took home new information and ideas every session.”
Liz, who describes herself as ‘very hard working and committed to what ever I take on’, opened Busy Lizzy’s Play Café in March 2012, providing play and healthy snacks in a safe, friendly environment for parents/carers and children from 0-5 years.
“I would strongly recommend anyone thinking of going in to business to do the Outset programme, as it fully prepares you and makes you aware of things you might not have thought about. I’m now looking forward to my first year of trading and hope to be able to employ staff and create jobs.”
For more information on Busy Lizzy’s Play Café, call Liz on 07760 240 777 or call in at Torbay Gymnastics Club, Unit 2&3, Parkfield Estate, Barton Hill Way, Torquay TQ2 8JG (opposite the doctors).
Outset Torbay has been funded by the ERDF Competitiveness and Employment programme and Torbay Development Agency.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.outsettorbay.co.uk.