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Robert Peters

Robert Peters

Potpig Woodburners

I was on a very low ebb when I started the programme. My sciatica was raging and I was close to giving up on everything. Personally, Outset gave me a boost of confidence as suddenly I was with people who understood and aimed to help.

Robert’s story

Having been in the welding trade since leaving school and starting out as a Devonport Dockyard apprentice, work had been very erratic with short-term contracts and bouts of unemployment. It was at a job fair that Robert first came across the Outset programme and booked an initial chat with an advisor.

“It was pointed out at the fair that Outset was a more gentle approach to business start-up as opposed to Business Link whom I had already had dealings with and found it overwhelmingly formal and Powerpoint-heavy. After an initial interview I signed up to the programme having been impressed by the friendly and relaxed nature of the one-to-one session.”

Robert, who describes himself as lacking in confidence, still maintains a tenacious attitude to succeeding in what he sets out to do. What started out as a happy coincident is now providing Robert with a new and exciting future as his own boss.

“I was on a very low ebb when I started the programme. My sciatica was raging and I was close to giving up on everything. Personally, Outset gave me a boost of confidence as suddenly I was with people who understood and aimed to help.

“The chance to network and meet like-minded people has been invaluable and I think of utmost importance. To be able to use the group as a sounding board to air your thoughts and intentions is very unique and allowed me to be realistic and honest with myself.”

“My new business is as exciting as it is interesting for me. It is a voyage, exploring ideas and concepts that I seem to be plucking out of thin air using totally recycled materials. I have a desire to create bespoke designs in collaboration with the client, working around a basic model to introduce new ideas and features. It’s about fire; it’s about recycling; it’s about cooking; and it’s about individuality.”

Robert has recently launched the ‘Potwok’ burner to his range, offering an exciting and different option for outdoor cooking. “I would be thrilled to offer workshops or even employment to others looking to embrace a more sustainable cooking and heating source. Potpig Woodburners are here to stay!”

Robert says – “I was on a very low ebb when I started the programme. My sciatica was raging and I was close to giving up on everything. Personally, Outset gave me a boost of confidence as suddenly I was with people who understood and aimed to help. The chance to network and meet like-minded people has been invaluable and I think of utmost importance. To be able to use the group as a sounding board to air your thoughts and intentions is very unique and allowed me to be realistic and honest with myself.”