In pictures:
Celebrating our EEPA win with partners, funders and friends

Since returning victorious from the 1st SME Assembly and the 6th European Enterprise Promotion Awards in Cyprus last month, news of our EEPA Grand Jury Prize has spread far and wide. As the final YTKO Group News of the year comes to you, CEO Bev Hurley is filming with Euronews/Business Planet in Bristol, for a feature being scheduled in the New Year.

Meantime, we’ve been sharing the limelight with some of the partners, funders and friends who have helped to put Outset at the heart of job creation, to transform their local communities.

“Congratulations to YTKO Group for this well-deserved award for job creation. Torbay’s community is benefitting from this success – we are delighted to have established our own branch here with Outset Torbay having created an additional 134 new businesses – which equates to 150 new jobs – since being set up by the council and its economic development company to improve prosperity in the Bay. I look forward to continuing to work with our committed partners in Outset Torbay to help generate more new businesses and more new jobs in the local area.” – Gordon Oliver, Mayor of Torbay

“This is a remarkable result for an organisation that has done so much to help businesses and small enterprises get off the ground here in Plymouth. Outset, along with other providers, have been at the heart of delivering the Urban Enterprise programme and have given advice, skills and knowledge, including financial guidance to help people get into business. Above all, they have given people the confidence to go for it.” – Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council

“On behalf of Job Centre Plus Devon and Cornwall, we would like to extend our warmest congratulations to YTKO Group on their recent success in winning the European Enterprise Promotion Award for enterprise creation. By investing in a local workforce they are also investing in the local knowledge and networks that are essential for success. The Outset offer is both engaging and accessible for our customers and we look forward to continuing to work with the Outset Cornwall team to help generate more new jobs in the county.” – Carolyn Webster, Strategic Development Manager, Devon and Cornwall Jobcentre Plus

“A huge congratulations to YTKO Group on winning the prestigious European Enterprise Promotion Award. Time and again, Outset’s ethos of aspiration and support has shown why they are THE open access start-up support for budding businesses in Bristol. Their ability to unlock new enterprise and drive growth under the most challenging circumstances demonstrates why they must continue to be a key part of the economic development strategy for the city.” – Councillor Guy Poultney, Bristol City Councillor for Lockleaze & Cabinet Member for Communities

“Well done to YTKO Group and our local branch at Outset Torbay. We have worked closely with the organisation to bring intensive hands-on support for people starting up new businesses as part of the TDA’s European funded Urban Enterprise Programme, and we are very pleased to see so many successes in such a short time. Well done to the national and the local teams for delivering such a worthwhile and effective business start-up programme.” – Steve Parrock, Chief Executive, Torbay Development Agency