Our work with Outset has helped Daniel grow his own business

18 July 2018

In 2016, LiveWest provided £40,000 of funding to Outset Cornwall to help them deliver their self-employment programme across Cornwall and to offer employment opportunities to LiveWest customers. Our help with funding also helped Outset unlock a further £160,000 of EU funding.

The Outset programme supports people across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in exploring the option of self-employment or starting a business through workshops that take place throughout the county.

After two battles with cancer, LiveWest customer Daniel Godliman thought going back to work would be difficult after a long break, but with support from the LiveWest Community Investment team, Outset Cornwall, the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme and Penryn Job Centre, he is now a successful businessman.

Being out of the work had impacted on Daniel’s self-confidence but after attending several workshops and speaking with people in similar situations, his optimism grew, enabling him to start his own firewood supply business.

Daniel said: The Outset workshops allowed me to meet new people who were all on similar journeys. We were able to share ideas in a friendly environment. Without the support of Outset and LiveWest, I dont think I would have been able to start up my own business.”

With business support from Outset Cornwall, he was able to transform his ideas into a functioning business within a few months. Outset helped with planning, pricing, and logistics so he could receive NEA support.

He began supplying hand cut logs to nearby businesses, but his customer base quickly increased and it became clear that his methods were able to fulfill customer demands.

With aid from Outset Cornwall, he calculated that using a hydraulic log splitter would increase his output by 400%.

Mai Evans, LiveWest Community Development Worker said: “I provided support and advice to Dan, at his work site and meeting for a convenient cuppa at a nearby cafe. We were able to fast-track his LiveWest bursary which topped up the micro-grant from Outset. This enabled Dan to buy equipment. We also identified a need for a laptop to help him further grow his business, as he had to use a friend’s computer before this. He was able to get a good quality reconditioned laptop supplied by one of our good partners, Computer Aid. Dan has shown determination to improve his life and to make a success of his local sustainable business. It even keeps going strong in the summer months by supplying holiday lets and Dan shows off his excellent carving skills.”

If you are also interested in the LiveWest Tenant Bursary Scheme, you can contact us via community.investment@livewest.co.uk or 0300 123 8080.