Outset Swindon, the organisation that helps people facing the biggest barriers to enterprise, hosted an event on Thursday 16 April to celebrate the creation of 200 new jobs in the town.
The Outset programme specialises in offering initial information and advice on developing a business project, and business start-up support for people such as the long-term unemployed, ethnic minority groups, women, under 25s and people with physical or mental disabilities.
The event took place at The Platform on Faringdon Road and brought together project funders and partners to meet some of the new start-ups that have been created by the scheme. Refreshments were provided by Outset clients Little Miss Cake Maker and Pamusha African Fusion.
The occasion was an opportunity to announce the results of Outset’s Social Return on Investments analysis, independently conducted by NEF Consulting, part of the New Economics Foundation. Eileen Lennon, head of Enterprise Inclusion at Outset’s parent company YTKO Group, talked about the local and national findings, demonstrating the social and economic value Outset has delivered to their clients, the state and the wider economy since 2013.
James Phipps, CEO of Excalibur Group, spoke about his experience of running his own business and increasing profits from £50,000 to over £1 million in under three years.
Stuart Newland, director of Strategic Game Partnerships at Fenturi Ltd was in attendance to announce his commitment to Outset, having signed up to be their first Outset Ambassador.
The Mayor of Swindon councillor Teresa Page presented certificates to new Outset ambassadors on the day.
A broad range of businesses have been created by the scheme including professional graffiti artists The Visual Drop set up by Ed Russell and James Habgood, Inkfish Mobile Technology which repairs iphones and ipads, headed up by Helen Duxbury, and Brie’s Beauty created by Sabrina Williams. Brie’s Beauty offers a range of beauty treatments at affordable prices and Sabrina makes her own organic coconut shea body butter, which she uses for treatments and sells to clients. Nothing is wasted – leftover coconut is turned into scented candles.
To find out more about Outset’s support service, call: 0800 080 3024 or see: www.outsetswindon.co.uk