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Joe Cockle

Joe Cockle

JNP Events

We were capable of taking quality photographs and had some ideas of marketing and advertising, but we did not know how to actually run a business. We needed the tools and advice to help us work ‘on’ our business, rather than just ‘in’ it.

Joe’s story

“Our point of difference is that we come along to a sports tournament or birthday party and take photographs an amateur could not capture – and we print the pictures right there and then so parents can have them on the day.” Says Joe Cockle, of JNP Events. “We also don’t charge for our time, only for printing the photographs, which we do at a very attractive rate.”

“We were capable of taking quality photographs and had some ideas of marketing and advertising, but we did not know how to actually run a business. We needed the tools and advice to help us work ‘on’ our business, rather than just ‘in’ it.”

Joe came to Outset Cornwall in March 2011 for guidance on starting and running a business and found the programme a vital resource in the all-important planning stages of his new venture. “The financial information supplied has been outstanding, particularly surrounding complicated issues such as tax requirements and grant applications. The practical help with our business plan layout and design was also incredibly helpful.”

Joe and his business partner, Peta, needed additional funding to launch their business so found the financial elements of the course particularly useful. “We found that as we progressed through the course, we were able to refine our business plan on an almost weekly basis. Once satisfied, we approached the bank for a loan and were awarded the money required to make out business a reality. In short, Outset helped turn our business idea into a viable business!”

With the continued help of Outset, Joe and Peta hope to further develop the Cornwall territory and explore the idea of franchising into Devon.

Joe says – “We found that as we progressed through the course, we were able to refine our business plan on an almost weekly basis. Once satisfied, we approached the bank for a loan and were awarded the money required to make out business a reality. In short, Outset helped turn our business idea into a viable business!”