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Chris Heirani – The Creative Den

Chris Heirani found out about Outset Bristol from a friend and joined their free business start-up workshops in Ashley Down in order to start developing his business idea and skills. “I initially came to Outset Bristol to learn the fundamentals of how to run a business,” says Chris. “I wanted to learn the basics of [...]

Chris Heirani found out about Outset Bristol from a friend and joined their free business start-up workshops in Ashley Down in order to start developing his business idea and skills. “I initially came to Outset Bristol to learn the fundamentals of how to run a business,” says Chris. “I wanted to learn the basics of what it takes to set up my business, the laws I need to be aware of and the best ways to communicate my services to potential clients.”

Before he started his business 23-year-old Chris was working part time in a pizza takeaway as well as studying for a degree in web design. Coming to the end of his study, Chris new that the job market was looking bleak, but that just motivated him to take matters into his own hands. “I think Outset Bristol was the inspiration I needed for me to take that big step forward and actually get the ball rolling and get my business off the ground,” says Chris. “While many people are finding it hard to get jobs at the moment I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get my business started and I knew that I had the help and support I needed to succeed.”

The programme of group workshops combined with one-to-one coaching sessions helped Chris to get to a point where he was ready to launch his business, The Creative Den. “The Creative Den designs beautiful websites for clients who want to establish themselves on the internet and have an advantage over their competition. We deal with all aspects of websites from basic websites to e-commerce. We also deal with logo design, flyers, business cards and offer great support to all our clients.

“I have a real passion for web design and because of this I don’t mind going that extra mile to make sure my clients are happy with the work I produce for them. I get great satisfaction from helping others and it makes me feel good to know that people can come to me for help and advice.”

As for the future: “At the moment it’s just me working from my office at home, ideally I would like to develop this so I have an office out of the house and to eventually have other people working with me.”

Outset Bristol is funded by Bristol City Council and the European Regional Development Fund, and so is able to offer its training and support to residents of Bristol free of charge. Chris was able to access more than 60 hours of free training and support, so that he could be confident that he was launching his business from a firm footing and armed with the tools he needed to make his business a success.

“I think the advisors who taught me during my time at Outset Bristol have done a fantastic job at getting the information across in a non-complicated way that was understood by everyone, even the people who’s first language wasn’t English. The Outset Bristol programme has been fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone whose thinking about setting up his or her own business.

“Outset has helped me in many ways, mainly with providing me with the fundamentals that any business owner should have, they have also given me the push I needed to set up my own business.”

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