Outset Torbay will complement existing business support services available in Devon, and will target under-represented groups including economically disadvantaged and unemployed women, black and minority ethnic (BME) groups, people with disabilities, and lone parents, to raise awareness of, and encourage people towards, enterprise as a feasible employment option. For those already in business, the programme is offering free workshops from leading practitioners.
Managing the programme, business support agency YTKO aims to break down some of the barriers towards self-employment. Chief Executive, Bev Hurley, says: “Women, lone parents with child-caring responsibilities, those with disabilities, and individuals from minority ethnic groups are under-represented in business. Mainstream business support services tend not to attract people from these groups, but we bring no-nonsense, practical support, advice and understanding to the local community. Our experienced outreach and enterprise advisors provide support in easy-to-reach local community centres and other convenient venues, with flexible sessions in the daytime, evenings and weekends, to accommodate the needs of our clients.”
“We look forward to supporting the Outset team building on their strong working relationships with key partners and existing business support agencies to make a real difference in the Torbay area.”
The Outset Torbay programme comprises 1:1 coaching, a rolling programme of enterprise training and development, mentoring and community-based workshops. The Outset team are looking for people in the county who are thinking of self-employment as an attractive option, and who would be interested in receiving free training, mentoring and support from our local enterprise advisors.
“These are jargon-free, practical courses, which cover both personal and business skills training from local people who’ve had real experience of business. Our aim is to give you all the essential tools, know-how and confidence to launch a business and benefit from the many positive aspects of self-employment,” said Kate McEwen of Outset Cornwall – another branch of the programme.
The Outset Torbay programme will create new options for those groups who have experienced barriers to employment and who may never have considered self-employment as a viable option. Most importantly, the programme will support the creation of new businesses and jobs that would otherwise not likely come to fruition.
Whatever your background, if you’re not working and would like to find out more or register for the programme, give the Outset Torbay team a call on freephone 0800 0322 905.