Could you be your own boss?

Now there's an idea.

If you’re interested in exploring whether your ideas can grow into a great business then Outset can help!

Our programme is designed to help you:

  • Develop your ideas
  • Build your confidence and skills
  • Learn to run your own business

We know how daunting the idea of working for yourself and managing your own business can be. Our goal is not to baffle you with jargon, but rather to ensure that you have all the support you need for every stage of your journey, from developing the first stages of your idea through to planning and launching your business, and beyond. Plus, our Outset Finance service is a government approved Start Up Loans provider and can help you get money for your new business.

Current funding:
Like all other EU funded projects, our current co-financed provision from the European Regional Development Fund ended on 30 June. This means that we’re not able to offer our workshops or other on-the-ground support, although we’re hoping to be back up and running in the future. Find out more about our current funding situation.

The good news is that thanks to The Outset Foundation, we are able to continue to offering all residents of Plymouth 12-months free access to our interactive online learning tool, Outset Online, which gives you all the support, knowledge and tools you need to start and sustain your business – whenever or wherever you need.

Find out more about Outset Online and apply for free access >>

Where are you now?

Happy clients

"I learned so much about business and more importantly myself during the sessions with Outset Plymouth. The friendly advice and encouragement was just the push I needed to set up in business." Andy Laidlaw, A.L. Photos

"Going on the Outset Course made me realise that I wasn’t alone in wanting to have my own business and that anyone can do it. Trying to start up a business on your own is very daunting, but doing a structured course makes you think long and hard and really prepare yourself for every eventuality." Kerry Brett, Little Black Book

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