Outset Cornwall launched its first podcast on 15th March 2021, which featured past and present clients – plus members of the Outset team – addressing a range of topical issues commonly faced by start-ups and new businesses.
Published monthly, each thirty-minute episode will see an Outset client or team member focusing on a particular subject that is relevant to individuals just starting out on their business journey. For example, topics will include creating content for social media, taking on first employees, and starting a business after redundancy.
Kate Perkin, Programme Director for Outset Cornwall, said:
“We’ve helped some fantastic businesses get started over the last eleven years, so involving them in our new podcast seemed a perfect opportunity to not only showcase the businesses, but also the inspirational people behind them; highlighting their knowledge and expertise, plus the successes and challenges they’ve faced along the way.”
The inaugural episode, entitled ‘The First Ten Years in Business’, features Tony Sampson, founder of Naked Solar (and one of Outset’s early success stories), talking about his business journey since joining the Outset programme back in 2009.
Tony said: “When Outset approached me about being a guest on their podcast, I was more than happy to help. Outset did so much to help me get going, so it’s lovely to have the opportunity to give something back.”
Donna Morcom, the founder of Sekoya Specialist Employment Services, who enrolled on the Outset programme in 2013, will be sharing her expertise in the upcoming episode, which will be titled ‘Next Steps: How To Expand And Take On Your First Employee.’
Donna commented: “The whole project sounded very exciting, and I was honoured to be asked to be part of it. Outset was fundamental in helping me get started and their support was invaluable, so I was delighted at the chance to not only help Outset, but potentially other business owners as well.”
Hosted on the Outset Cornwall website, each episode also includes a complete transcript, making it more accessible to a wider audience.
Kate added: “We‘re incredibly grateful for the support we’ve had so far; every client we’ve asked has been very happy to get involved, demonstrating the hugely supportive network and community that has grown with the programme.
“We aimed to create something useful and inspirational for our clients, for individuals thinking of starting their own business, and for new business owners, that would continue Outset’s legacy and ongoing contribution to the Cornish business community. Thanks to everyone’s support and hard work, I’m proud to say I feel we’ve achieved exactly that.”
You can listen to episodes of the new Outset Podcast by going to the www.outset.org website, or by searching for ‘Outset Podcast’ in any major podcast directory.
About Outset Cornwall
Outset Cornwall has been delivering an award-winning programme of business start-up support since October 2009, thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
In that time, we’ve helped to make an incredible impact throughout Cornwall, supporting the creation of over 800 new businesses and helping more than 2,000 people to explore whether starting their own business is for them.
Outset was established by YTKO Group in 2009 to help stimulate economic development, and to equip people with the essential skills, knowledge, and confidence to start their own business.
Outset Cornwall will continue to deliver its fully-funded package of tailored business support, from introductory information sessions, to practical workshops, one to one advisory meetings, and online resources, until the programme comes to an end on 31 July 2022.