The award-winning Outset Start-Up Service is making a positive impact in Waltham Forest. We are already supporting over 120 entrepreneurs in your region, many of whom have already started up their own businesses.
We’re delivering our full start-up programme combining modular business workshops, rich online learning resources and 1:1 support. It is open to all residents of the London Borough of Waltham Forest, and fully funded by the Borough.
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 thousands of people just like you across the UK to make their dreams come true, by giving them the confidence, knowledge and skills to create thriving and successful businesses.
If you have a business idea in mind, this practical support programme will guide you through all the critical steps needed for success. We will strengthen your business skills, knowledge and confidence, and help you lay the right foundations for a thriving, sustainable business. Our comprehensive content covers areas such as knowing your customer, marketing, demand generation and sales, building competitive advantage, and ensuring you have enough working capital to help your business fly.
We won’t baffle you with jargon, but will share our wealth of knowledge and expertise in a friendly and supportive way, helping to develop you and your business. You’ll also be working in a group of your peers, and benefitting from the invaluable support of, and connections with, a like-minded community.
How we can help
Business Start Up: A series of 2 or 3 day modular workshops covering all the essential topics for business success will be scheduled at different venues in Waltham Forest.
We are just about to run our 6th business start-up course, which is already fully booked!
Professional Advisor support: You’ll be able to access some 1:1 advisor support by phone, skype, email or in person, ideal for when you get a bit stuck and just need to discuss something specific for your business. With Outset, there’s always someone to help you on your enterprise journey – there’s no such thing as a stupid question!
Outset Online: Our excellent online platform is full of great content and exercises to work through in your own time, so if you need to take a bit longer to prepare your business plan, or prefer to learn at home or after hours, or just work through an exercise again to ensure your understanding, this platform will really be helpful to you.
Our national Outset community: We also facilitate a virtual community so that you can stay in touch with those you have met in workshops or at our events, as well as other Outset entrepreneurs across the UK. This is a fantastic way to build your network of like-minded people, share ideas and ask questions, and also find potential collaborators or suppliers. The Outset community believe in helping each other, as they’ve all been on the same journey.
Outset Finance: Financing the start 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. It has enabled over £15m of finance for clients so far, helping to give new businesses the working capital they need to make a great start. The Outset Finance team will guide you through the simple application process and also offer 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.