Cornwall LivingIssue #115
Time for a new challenge
As schools, colleges and universities re-open their doors once more, it feels like the start of something new; a new season, new challenge and new beginnings.
After months of lockdowns, furlough, redundancies and uncertainty, many people in the UK have decided that now’s the perfect time for a new challenge, to leave behind the 9-to-5 and start something amazing of their own. Whether it’s through discovering a hidden talent, developing a hobby you love, using skills you already have or inventing something completely new, starting your own business gives you the chance to do something you feel passionate about, build something that’s entirely yours and have the freedom to work whenever you choose.
Take Penryn-based mum Noora Stanforth, who launched her business LUMA Jewellery Studio in 2020. Offering contemporary and elegant Scandi-inspired fine jewellery, Noora has juggled launching and running her business around raising her family, achieving a lot in a short period of time. Now, thanks to support from Outset Cornwall – one of Cornwall’s longest-running business support programmes – Noora has successfully grown her business, celebrating LUMA Jewellery Studio’s first anniversary in July this year. She says: “When I launched my business I had no business knowledge or experience at all and I was learning as I went.
“Outset Cornwall’s sessions were a fantastic help and gave a good insight into starting and running a business. Mostly they helped me understand more about the financial aspects, which I hadn’t concentrated on enough at the beginning.”
Something Noora and other entrepreneurs would all agree on is they couldn’t have achieved their success without the right support behind them. With an award-winning programme that’s helped over 1,000 individuals start successful businesses across the county in the last 12 years, the right support is something Outset Cornwall has in spades.
Mixing practical sessions together with tailored advice from a team of business experts, plus an online learning portal, Outset Cornwall is there to support you on every step of your business journey.
“Outset gave me great basic tools and an understanding of how to run my business,” says Noora. “Everyone was so helpful and friendly, you felt like you could ask anything. I’d absolutely recommend Outset Cornwall to others!”
So if you dream of being your own boss and feel now’s the time to go for it, contact Outset and start turning your dream into a reality.