Redundancy can often be the trigger that makes someone view self-employment as a viable option, and with support from Outset Cornwall, start taking the first steps in their business journey.
When Donna Negus faced redundancy in her role as a solicitor, she knew it was the push she needed to become self-employed and set up her own business, approaching Outset Cornwall for help.
“I came to Outset Cornwall because of their excellent reputation for supporting people as they start out,” says Donna. “Their non-judgemental, peer-support based approach instils confidence and enables individuals to flourish.”
After attending the Introduction to Enterprise sessions and the practical Business Start Up workshops on marketing, finance and sales, Donna launched her new business Sekoya Ltd, providing specialist legal advice to employers.
Donna says: “I loved the Outset programme; it was thought provoking and dealt with a wide range of issues you’d encounter when starting a business. It also gave me lots of food for thought, helping me realise that everything is possible.”
Now that Donna’s business has been trading for just over two years, her thoughts are already turning to expansion into other areas of HR, offering a broader range of in-house services and employing more staff.
“I wanted to choose my path in life and make decisions that were right for me. Outset Cornwall gave me the perspective, friends and above all, the confidence to get started and I couldn’t have started my business without them.”
Donna has also become an Outset Ambassador, mentoring other Outset clients who are just embarking on their business journey.
“Outset did so much for me, and are always there if I need support, so it’s great to be able to give something back and help others who are going through the same things I did.”