MEPs to check out Outset Bristol

June 15, 2011

Outset Bristol, a two-year project launched last November to offer free business start-up training and support to people living within Bristol City Council’s boundaries, is hosting a visit by a delegation of seven MEPs tomorrow.

Outset has more than 200 people on its books and has helped to create 13 businesses so far – with a start-up target of 120 by the end of the two-year project.

It is jointly funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the city council – and the MEPs, who sit on the European Parliament's Committee for Regional Development, will take part in a workshop with clients before attending a networking lunch to talk to some of those benefiting from the start-up support programme.

"These particular MEPs have interests in sustainable economic growth, sustainable transport links, the creative industries, digital connectivity and how the development of these can have a positive impact on business growth and job creation – so it's great news that they have chosen to visit Bristol, " said council leader Barbara Jankes.

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