Our Brands

YTKO delivers support under a range of brands, each designed to target a specific group of entrepreneurs or businesses.  Our family of brands currently comprise of the following:

Outset

We started our award-winning start-up service, Outset in 2009, to address the gap in support for those living in deprived communities or facing additional disadvantages and barriers. From inner cities, remote rural and coastal communities and left-behind places, Outset is committed to achieving social and economic inclusion.

For more than a decade, our core Outset programme has been acknowledged as best practice for disadvantaged client groups. It has been expanded to include a Fast Track start-up service and a dedicated Accelerating Women’s Enterprise programme, and provides all clients with a the vital knowledge needed for sustainable start-up.

With over 30,000 individuals engaged to date and a three year business survival rate easily outstripping the national average; every £1 invested in Outset generates a minimum of £4.18 of social, economic and financial value.  

Outset

The work that Outset do to help people achieve success, particularly those who are usually under-represented in business, is highly admirable and great to see in practice.

Chuka Umunna

Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills

Outset Online

Outset Online is our innovative online learning tool, ensuring the service we deliver is accessible to everyone in the community. It comprises the same award-winning Outset content delivered in a user-friendly, highly innovative and social platform, encompassing over 50 hrs of learning.

Outset Online

Outset Finance

Official delivery partner for the Government’s Start-Up Loans (SUL) scheme, Outset Finance has provided over £20m worth of funding to new and early stage businesses in the last 6 years alone. The Start-Up Loans scheme provides new businesses with a sustainable solution to the challenges of affordable finance.

We’re proud that Outset Finance is one of the top performing national providers, and it makes a major contrition to our current total of over £70m raised for businesses to date.

Outset Finance

Getset for Growth

Getset for Growth is our specialist service tailored for businesses with real potential and ambitions for growth. The two biggest barriers to SME growth – across Europe – are generating sufficient profitable customers and accessing finance. Often viewed as opposing business functions, markets and money are inextricably linked to business success.

GetSet For Growth provides strategic advice, consultancy and highly practical implementation support in market strategy and marketing, business development and sales – the engine drivers of growth, coupled with investment readiness, finance and business growth planning. We also advise on technology adoption and build leadership capability and capacity to ensure businesses build their productivity and their bottom line.

The 2000 plus business who have been through our GetSet Accelerator have seen a 62% increase in turnover within their first year.

GetSet for Growth

GrowSmart

GrowSmart is an our national online learning platform, giving SMEs the knowledge, skills and know-how to scale up their businesses. It teaches proven and practical ways to reach markets and increase sales and profitability, and how to maintain and improve productivity. Equivalent to an intensive two-week course, the platform enables users to create detailed business growth, marketing and finance plans.

GrowSmart delivers modules and content in bite-sized portions to maximise the flexibility of learning. Users also have access to a library of professional articles, covering a wide range of additional topics, from IP, big data, CRM, capacity planning, exporting, improving resilience, to procurement and supply chains, leadership, management and HR skills.

GrowSmart

Enterprising Women

Enterprising Women was founded in 2006 as a ioeneering community solely dedicated to helping female entrepreneurs achieve business success. By providing mentoring, women focused training for start-up and scale-up, connections and inspiration, we have set new standards for gender equality.

The award-winning Enterprising Women community now reaches over 25,000 businesswomen across the UK. We’ve embedded our best practices for supporting women across all YTKO’s services and as a result of this expertise, half of all our clients are female. In fact, we have more women starting and growing businesses than men, in unique contrast to the national picture.

Enterprising Women

What I like about Enterprising Women, in addition to the first class growth support, is that everyone can find someone at their particular level to discuss challenges with and get motivated by. My business is one of the largest in the community, but I regularly get a boost from meeting other inspirational members, especially as I operate almost entirely in a man’s world.

Anne Rivett, MBE

Founder, Total Locker Service