Staff at Outset Torbay, the free local business start-up support programme, welcomed Adrian Sanders MP to their Abbey Road offices last week, to discuss the Bay’s provision of support to help local people into self-employment.
Outset Torbay’s team of enterprise advisors, together with Programme Director Helen Harman, updated Adrian Sanders MP of Outset Torbay’s successes since the programme launched just nine months ago.
Mr Sanders heard how the business start-up support programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Torbay Development Agency, and delivered by economic development agency YTKO, has already supported more than 200 people from under-represented enterprise groups, including women, over 50s, long-term unemployed and people with disabilities. During the informal meeting Mr Sanders met each of the enterprise advisors who work with people from disadvantaged groups across the Bay, and learned about the 29 new businesses that have so far launched thanks to Outset Torbay’s programme of workshops and one-to-one support.
Mr Sanders says “Helping people make the right choices about their future and supporting them into self-employment where that is appropriate is an important task that Outset exist to carry out and do so successfully to the benefit of local people and our economy.”
Helen Harman says: “We were really pleased to welcome Adrian Sanders to our office and to have the opportunity to highlight the good work that Outset Torbay is doing to unlock local people’s potential to start and grow sustainable businesses and contribute to the local economy. We were delighted with his interest and enthusiasm for the project and look forward to keeping him updated as the project develops.”