Our Brands

The YTKO Group also encompasses a range of public sector service brands providing a holistic continuum of support for entrepreneurs and companies at all stages of the business journey.
Read more about our brands below:

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We started our award-winning start-up service, Outset in 2009, to address the gap in enterprise support for people 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, winning multiple awards at national and European level. 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 return of £4.18 of social, economic and financial value.  

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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 interactive and social platform, encompassing over 50 hrs of learning.

As clients work through all the modules which teaches them the vital knowledge and skills for creating sustainable businesses, their answers create a business plan and set of financials which are fully aligned to the requirements of the Start-Up Loans service.

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Outset Finance has provided over £25m worth of funding to new and early stage businesses in the last 6 years alone, providing new businesses with a sustainable solution to the challenges of affordable finance.

We’re proud that Outset Finance has made such a major contrition to our current total of over £70m raised for businesses to date.

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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.

Parallelling our commercial service, 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+ business who have been through our Growth Accelerators have seen a 62% increase in turnover within the following year.

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GrowSmart is an our 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, improve leadership and management skills, and increase 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.

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Enterprising Women was founded in 2006 as a pioneering 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.