Outset is a uniquely versatile programme that helps people start up and supports them through the first two years.
At Outset, we know how inspiring the idea of working for yourself can be, but also that managing your own business can sometimes be daunting – that’s why we’re here! We’ve helped over 5000 people just like you to make their dreams come true, by giving them the confidence, knowledge and skills to create thriving businesses.
So why not join our flexible, and totally free programme – we can help you every step of the way, from developing the first stages of your idea through to planning and launching your business, and beyond.
Support from Pre-Start to Early Trading
We run a fully funded programme of workshops, online resources and advisor support to help you explore whether your idea can grow into a great business and develop your plans. We won’t baffle you with jargon, but share our wealth of knowledge and expertise in a friendly and supportive way.
Early trading support
If you are a business that has been trading for under two years, we can offer a range of support to ensure your business has strong marketing and financial foundations. Knowing how best to increase your customer base and that you have enough working capital is particularly important for sustainable growth.
How we can support you
Business Feasibility Workshops: Will your idea work? Is it legal? Is there a market? How big is the market? Why is your product or service unique? Will it be profitable? Do I have the right skills? If these are questions that are on your mind then this workshop is for you! We cover all this and more in two separate sessions of 4 hours each, at the end of which you will have a comprehensive feasibility plan and know if you business idea has the potential to work.
Business Start Up: A combination of workshops on specific essential topics, such as social media; sales; finance; marketing. As well as 1-2-1 support with your advisor to tackle your individual needs and challenges to develop a successful business along with how best to finance it.
Outset Online: Our excellent online platform is full of great content and exercises to work through in your own time. We also facilitate groups on here so that you can communicate with those you have met in workshops, and other entrepreneurs nationally… A fantastic way to build a network of like-minded people.
Outset Finance: Financing the start or growth of a business can be a challenge, but our sister service, Outset Finance, is a national delivery partner for the government’s Start Up Loan programme. The Outset Finance team will guide you through the application process and provide post-loan mentoring.
Outset has a range of support on offer for all stages of developing your business idea. Before you book onto any of the free workshops, we suggest you attend an information session, where you find out which route is going to be most effective for you and your new business.
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