On a chilly day last December, a film crew from Euronews, Europe’s most watched international news channel, visited Bristol to find out more about YTKO Group’s award-winning Outset start-up programme – and why it’s getting such great results in the UK.
As the engine of Europe’s economy, small and medium sized companies account for 80 per cent of the jobs created in Europe over the past five years. But for under-represented groups among Europe’s entrepreneurs, who include the long-term unemployed, women, ethnic minorities and the over 50s, overcoming some of the challenges to building a sustainable business can be a tough hill to climb without practical, robust support.
Filming for Business Planet, Euronews’ dedicated channel for Europe’s SMEs, YTKO CEO Bev Hurley, Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson and business owner Michael Bennett, who launched his business Homestay with the help of Outset Bristol, share their experience and insights in this short film.
YTKO Group’s Outset programme is expanding in the UK. As an acclaimed and proven model that has supported the creation of more than 1,300 new businesses and over 1,500 jobs to date, it could be working for would-be entrepreneurs elsewhere in Europe too.