YTKO Group’s Outset is a uniquely versatile, highly cost-effective support programme that delivers pre-start coaching and mentoring, business start up support, access to finance and post-start sustainability provision, for people wanting to start and grow their own businesses. It is tailored for clients under-represented in enterprise, such as long term unemployed, women, young people, BaME, and for those from highly disadvantaged backgrounds or living in our most deprived wards.
These groups are not ‘hard to reach’ or engage. Since 2009, we have helped over 19,000 clients explore enterprise as an option. Those who work their way through the Outset Programme have created more than 3,900 sustainable new businesses and 4,300 jobs. Their survival rate outstrips the national average, and over 25 per cent employ additional staff within their first two years.
Outset enables clients to overcome significant barriers to enterprise, whether real or perceived, and provides a practical and sustainable alternative to unemployment. It delivers measurable results to funders and genuinely life-changing benefits for clients.
The programme has been refined over a decade, to incorporate acknowledged best practice and more than 30 years of business experience. This clearly differentiates its approach, its ethos, its content, and its results.
For further information on YTKO Group’s Outset® programme, case studies and much more, please visit storyof.outset.org