Finding himself aged over 50, unemployed and in a poor labour market, Steve Brewer felt overwhelmed and uncertain as he assessed his future.
A 40-year career history in the hospitality and property industries led to Steve to consider using his experience in a new career, this time working for himself. But daunted by the prospect of ‘going it alone’, he felt unsure about how to proceed.
Having identified a potential business opportunity in providing a professional residential inventory service for landlords and agents, Steve approached local business start-up support programme, Outset Torbay, for help to develop his idea.
“I knew that the preparation and ongoing management of residential inventories is something that both landlords and agents struggle with; many viewing it as an administrative nightmare. I was becoming increasingly convinced that responsible inventories was the right direction for me and something I really wanted to do, but I was daunted by the prospect and had no concrete idea of how to make it happen.”
Steve joined Outset Torbay’s programme of Introduction to Enterprise and Business Start-up workshops in Torquay and quickly started gaining the confidence and skills needed to turn his business ambitions into reality.
“I found the Outset programme invaluable and well prepared. Not only did it guide me in the right direction, but it also reminded me of elements that I had used during my career but had not considered in the context of starting up on my own. It helped me to realise that ‘Yes, I can do this!’”
Since completing the Outset programme, Steve has launched his new business, Responsible Inventories, a professional property inventory service designed to save landlords and agents time and money.
“Outset has given me confidence, guidance and support throughout. I’m now looking forward to the business securing a solid local client base and a good reputation that will secure my future, allowing me to live a personally and financially rewarding life.”
For more information on Responsible Inventories contact Steve Brewer on 01803 614320 or visit www.responsibleinventories.co.uk.
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, please call us on 0800 032 2905, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.outsettorbay.co.uk.