Outset Cornwall (completed)

Outreach and engagement and delivery will take place across the whole of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly as we do currently, using a range of accessible venues appropriate for each segment of the target audience. Devon and Cornwall Homes, with 9000 homes throughout the region, have given their support to further enhance our community penetration, and we have a highly experienced marketing team in house. Fast-track, evenings and Saturday delivery options will be offered.

After engagement and diagnostic, clients will receive a highly tailored and flexible service from the partnership according to their needs, profile, potential and circumstance, and whether pre or post start. Specific activities include peer workshops, learning action groups, online e-learning, 1:1 mentoring and coaching, launches, conferences and networking events with guest speakers from the business community, funded test training, expert seminars, and P2P support from the Outset community.

This wealth of support is modular, highly practical, designed and proven to deliver sustainable results not just in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly but across the UK. It encompasses all the vital learning and business skills development required to be a successful social or for-profit enterprise, whether lifestyle or highflyer, in parallel with a focus on individual development.  It integrates test-trading funding, and support to access a Start-up Loan or other seed finance.

Client groups include under-represented and disadvantaged people, such as unemployed, people with disabilities, low skilled, over 50s, BAME; high potential start-ups; social entrepreneurs; women; young entrepreneurs in education (FE/HE). Innovative and high growth potential start-ups can come from any profile, and these enrol on our enhanced, intensive fast-track provision and then be referred to the Growth Accelerator when ready/as appropriate.

The partnership provides a holistic continuum of high quality support for all, with seamless working behind the scenes to maintain our reputation for excellent client service.

There are three programmes under this start-up support – Outset, the Engine Room and Spark.

Spark – Spark provides the insight and tools to move your idea or business forward. The programme offers a unique opportunity to launch your business in a supportive environment.  Through a range of workshops, events, guidance and 1:1 coaching, you will create a business plan using the knowledge and skills you learn during the programme.

For more information

Visit the website – http://www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/spark  or email spark@truro-penwith.ac.uk

The Engine Room – A network for social enterprises, offering business support programme for pre start-up and start-up businesses in Cornwall that have a social purpose at the core of their business idea.

Through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) the Engine Room is providing support delivered by three partners – Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation and the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Cornwall.

All three partners are leaders in supporting and running social enterprises. Using years of experience, drawing on national networks and current thinking and a highly successful tried and tested model, the Engine Room offers specialist training, events, networking and intensive 1:1 coaching and guidance. We can help on the road to success with your social business and to be a part of the growing social enterprise network in Cornwall.

For further information:

Visit the website www.theengineroom.org.uk

or email us on info@theengineroom.org.uk

Visit the Outset Cornwall website.

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


Investment & Outcomes


  • ERDF – £3,360,000
  • Public match – £200,000
  • Private match – £640,000

Project Outcomes

  • Business support
  • Jobs created

The Outset Launch at Redruth Cinema

The Outset Launch


Popcorn at the Outset Launch