For the past two years, the Outset Swindon service has shown that self-employment is the best solution for people to free themselves from welfare. It has greatly stimulated economic development in Swindon Borough, supporting both new and existing enterprises to back the town’s ambitions for growth and contribute to the local economy.
However current funding from the European Regional Development Fund and Swindon Borough Council will end on 30 June 2015
Since launch in 2013, two new jobs have been created every week with support of Outset Swindon – over 216 new jobs in the town already, and the creation of 200 new businesses. Over 1,300 locals have been engaged and received intensive top up-skills so that even those who don’t go on to start their own business leave the Outset Swindon programme with real, tangible benefits and increased employment opportunities.
In engaging with a range of clients, including those furthest from the labour market, Outset Swindon’s exceptional team has delivered a powerful and transformational economic and social return on the town’s investment.
A recent independent evaluation of Outset Swindon by NEF Consulting estimated that it has delivered at least £3.36 of value for every £1 invested the service. This figure comprises all the wider impacts – social, financial and economic – that the service delivers to our clients, the local economy and the State (through reduction in benefits and new tax generated).
Outset Swindon are hopeful that they can get back to operating at full speed at some point in Spring 2016. But, from 30 June on-the-ground support will no longer be available.
In the meantime, all residents of Swindon Borough are offered 12-months free access to Outset Online, the interactive online learning tool supported by The Outset Foundation. It offers all of the same content from face to face workshops, as well as video tutorials, downloadable templates and resources, interactive quizzes and an online business plan builder, as well as an online network of advisors and other business owners who clients can connect with for advice and support.
Pictured above from left to right: Swindon Mayor for 2014, Teresa Page, North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson and Outset Swindon graduate Ali Celiker. Image by Richard Wintle of Calyx