Outset reaches 300 mark

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Business support provider Outset Cornwall is celebrating this week after helping to launch its 300th new business within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Outset Cornwall’s 300th business has been started by Donna Negus, who launched her new human resources practice, Sekoya Ltd, after her role as an employment solicitor was deemed redundant from a solicitors firm in Cornwall.

The Outset Cornwall team with Donna Negus (centre)
The Outset Cornwall team with Donna Negus (centre)

Her experience and qualifications gave her the grounding for her new business idea and she went to Outset Cornwall to gain the skills she needed to help make her idea a reality. By attending a series of workshops over 16 weeks, she used her new knowledge to put together a detailed business plan.

She said: “I did both the Introduction to Enterprise and the Business Start-up courses in Truro and I found them both inspirational and informative.

“The course content was just right and gave me the focus and confidence I so desperately needed. I am thrilled to be Outset Cornwall’s 300th business. I recommend the programme to anyone is who is thinking of starting out by themselves.”

Kate McEwen, head of operations at Outset Cornwall said: “We are delighted to congratulate Donna on the launch of her new business. We hope to keep supporting Donna as her business journey continues.”

Chris Pomfret, chair of the LEP and deputy chair of the Convergence Local Management Committee, which steers the Convergence programme, added: “Reaching 300 businesses since 2009 is a fantastic milestone, but creating a programme which makes these new businesses sustainable is the real achievement.”