A FUNDED project that helps residents of Torbay to start their own businesses is celebrating the launch of its 250th new enterprise — Motorwise in Newton Road, Torquay.
The motor repairs company was started by Nigel Priest, who contacted Outset Torbay for free support, fulfilling his long-standing ambition to be his own boss.
Starting his own business has been a dream come true for Nigel, who has overcome health issues following a spinal injury at work and later being diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.
Nigel said: "I knew that I needed to find something more fulfilling. I always dreamed of running my own garage, but I needed help with the business side of things. Outset has given me the skills and the confidence to go for it, which has been invaluable. It has completely changed my life from where I was just 12 months ago."
Outset Torbay is now recognised as the 'go-to' organisation for free, friendly business support. Nigel is just one of more than 1,000 people who have gained from Outset's programme of business start-up workshops and one-to-one enterprise coaching.
Some 283 jobs have been created by the organisation that has recently been awarded 'Business Enabler of the Year' for the second consecutive year at the South Devon Business Excellence Awards.
MP Adrian Sanders said: "There are thousands of people locally who dream of becoming their own boss but fear taking the first steps. Nigel Priest is both an inspiration and an example of how, with the right support, you can overcome barriers and start a new life. His Motorwise is the 250th new business start-up helped by Outset and as Nigel says; don't over-think it, just go for it."
Helen Harman, programme director for Outset Torbay, said: "Nigel is an inspiration to anyone who is thinking about starting their own business and we're thrilled that as Outset's 250th business to launch, he has achieved his dream of becoming his own boss. Outset is working with individuals in Torbay to help give them the skills and confidence to take the leap into self-employment, as well as supporting existing businesses with their plans to grow."