This was the case for Vaughan Haynes who spent a proportion of his working life as an Architects Assistant before being made redundant. Add to this a serious motor accident and suddenly getting back to work quickly became a real challenge.
Whilst recovering from his accident, Vaughan decided to dabble with one of his passions, real ale, and started brewing on a micro level from his home in St Agnes. Once a distant dream held by an Architects Assistant, this was soon to become a professional calling as Vaughan embraced this second chance to start over and contacted the Outset Cornwall team for advice on turning his passion into a successful business venture.
“Despite the recession and decline in the licensing trade, sales of real ale were on the increase,” says Vaughan. “It was suggested that by contacting Outset Cornwall, I would gain valuable understanding about starting my own business and develop new strengths. A big plus was that there was no cost involved!”
Vaughan joined the programme in September 2009 and is a regular attendee to the client networking groups as well as completing the Outset Cornwall programme. “I found the course informative, very friendly and welcoming and in an informal environment. The programme content was delivered confidently and in a way that was easily understood and staff were easily accessible for individual consultation when necessary.”
As well as developing his passion into a successful career, Vaughan also hopes to grow the business to start employing local people in the near future.
“Hogswood Brewery is completely different to anything I have done before and combines both my creative and practical skills. I plan to continue developing new and exciting beers for sale throughout Cornwall and the UK. The Outset course was a memorable experience that I am pleased to have been a part of and would certainly recommend to others thinking of starting up in business.”