Help to work for yourself

It’s the first day back at work after the festive break – are you already dreaming about making an escape? Of course, plenty will be job-hunting in the evenings this week but if you want to start a business or go self-employed, a Bournemouth Council-back initiative can help.

Outset Bournemouth, set up by YTKO Group, has received additional funding from the council to offer advice, guidance and knowledge to those wishing to start or grow their business within the town.

Focusing in particular areas such as Boscombe, Outset Bournemouth has helped more than 1,340 people to explore enterprise through innovative business start-up workshops, one-to-one coaching and networking events.

The result? More than 120 sustainable new businesses and over 176 new jobs.

Councillor Jane Kelly, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said; “We are pleased that through this additional investment we are able to support an excellent, effective and worthwhile service. It has proved to be a fantastic programme, encouraging and supporting the development of enterprise across Bournemouth, but also crucially in Boscombe where Outset Bournemouth is helping many people become self employed as a route out of deprivation and long term unemployment.”

Zoe Bradley, Programme Director of Outset Bournemouth, said; “The team and I have worked hard with our partners in the Council and throughout Bournemouth to establish a well-respected service supporting grassroots businesses and creating real jobs. I am pleased that this additional investment from the Council will enable us to continue the work we do for the benefit of Bournemouth residents and the local economy.”



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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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