Lord Mayor helps to mark Outset Bristol’s first anniversary

The celebratory event took place at Circomedia, Portland Square, on Thursday 3 November; a fitting venue for Outset Bristol to be able to showcase its ‘high flyers’ and celebrate the successes of the programme.

Andy Dean, Programme Director at Outset Bristol, says, “It was a fantastic event and a wonderful opportunity to promote entrepreneurship in the city, as well as celebrating the programme’s many achievements. More importantly, it gave our funders and partners the chance to hear the stories of some of our inspiring clients, many of whom have overcome significant barriers to start and run their own businesses.”

Since its launch in November 2010 the Outset Bristol team has engaged with more than 600 local people interested in exploring self-employment and, together with Outset Finance (Outset Bristol’s sister programme which provides valuable finance support to businesses in the city), 84 new jobs have been created, with many more businesses and jobs in the pipeline.

In his keynote speech, The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Bristol said: “The economic situation in this country is going to be difficult for some time to come. Self-employment can provide a way to improve that. What is so positive about Outset Bristol is that it helps to create jobs in the areas and wards where unemployment is at its worst. Outset Bristol is providing long-term solutions that are sustainable.”

Bristol-based ‘Trunki’ entrepreneur Rob Law MBE also told guests the story of his business journey. He said: “As a business leader one of your most important roles is to inspire. Inspire your teams and inspire your customers.” It is great that Rob is also taking time out of his busy ‘Trunki’ schedule to inspire Bristol’s business leaders of the future!

Entrepreneurs who have benefited from the training and support received from Outset Bristol attended the celebration and had the opportunity to display their new products and services. The event also featured presentations from two new businesses: Michael Bennett who, in June this year, launched Homestay Bristol, a business offering full-board accommodation to foreign students studying in Bristol, and Julia Cawte whose company, Flirt with Life, offers public speaking coaching.

Outset Finance client Christopher Morris from 64RM Productions has kindly produced a four-minute video of the event. Click here to view the video, or here to see a selection of pictures from the event.

For more information visit www.outsetbristol.co.uk