Extension for Outset programme

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One of Cornwall’s longest-running business support programmes has been granted an extension.

European-funded business start-up programme, Outset Cornwall, is now in its 13th year and was due to close at the end of December.

However, this recently-granted extension means that Outset Cornwall can continue operations until the end of June 2023, helping more people explore the option of self-employment and starting their own business.

Lee Hughes, deputy CEO of YTKO Ltd, the parent company of Outset Cornwall, said: “We’re so pleased our project has been extended for another six months, giving us more time to support those living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who want to start their own business.

“To date, we’ve received numerous enquiries and referrals from a wide range of people from across the county, with different backgrounds and facing different circumstances and challenges; all looking for support in exploring self-employment and developing their business ideas.

“The fact that we’ve been able to help these people, and support over 200 of them to launch and grow their new businesses since our own re-launch at the beginning of 2020, makes us immensely proud.”