It’s a great time to start your own business, especially with the help of our award-winning Outset service providing start-up support and access to funding, a wide range of training workshops, e-learning, mentoring and 1:1 advice, and post-start support.

Since 2008, Outset has touched the lives of thousands of individuals across the UK, from all walks of life, helping them to make a success of starting and growing a business.

The Outset programme of blended learning and support, is unique in that it builds the person as well as their business idea.It can be daunting, but we’re here to help you decide if self-employment and enterprise is right for you. If it is, we’ll take you through the start-up journey and give you all the tools, knowledge and confidence you need to make it a success, and connect you to a great community of new business owners.

Read more about our journey.

Where are you now?

I’ve got a great
business idea
I’m currently unemployed or am at risk of redundancy
I need to improve my
knowledge
I need finance for
my new business
I want to learn online
27,835
Individuals engaged
6,345
Businesses created
4,771
New jobs created
£15,039,000
Finance secured

Success Stories

Emma is bringing sewing to the high streets of Plymouth with pop-up shops....

Liz Linfield turned her passion for vintage knitting machines and designing unique clothing into a successful business...

Brothers Graham and Tony Childs are the mechanics and brains behind the fast-growing GC Bike Repairs, which began life in 2019 operating from Graham’s garage...