The impact of redundancy hit Robert particularly hard. At aged 62 he knew he had to keep working to see him into his retirement, yet he struggled to find a new job.
“I felt so frustrated at not being able to find a job and felt my age was a real barrier” Says Robert. “I’d spoken to an advisor at JobCentre Plus about a lifelong ambition to be my own boss and they suggested I contacted Outset Torbay”
“The advisors at Outset made me feel at ease straightaway and explained the programme of free business start-up workshops and one-to-one support which were available in my local area.”
Robert joined the Outset Torbay programme in January 2011 and began to explore his potential for starting his own business. “I knew I had a good set of skills from my engineering background which I could use in my own business but I just didn’t have the confidence or know-how to make it happen”.
“The group workshops have been really great for support, and I’ve been surprised by just how much I’ve learned. I’ve gained invaluable information on everything I need to know to set up my own business.”
Since completing the Outset programme, Robert has been able to turn his ambition into reality, setting up his handyman and domestic decorating business, ‘Prestige Decorating’. “Thanks to the advisors at Outset I’m now confident about the steps I need to take to start up on my own and I understand how to market myself and my business. I’ve had some fantastic support along the way; I would certainly recommend to others thinking of starting up in business.”
“I’m really enjoying the interaction with my customers and have been successfully building up my client-base. I’m very proud of the standard of my workmanship and the customer feedback has been very encouraging. As I come across any hurdles with the business then the Outset advisors are there for ongoing support.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.outsettorbay.co.uk
For more information on Prestige Decorating call Robert Winstone on 07927 412 267.