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Flagship business support programme launches in Swindon & Wiltshire

YTKO has been selected to provide business support services to entrepreneurs across the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Area Partnership (SWLEP), through its award-winning Outset programme. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the new programme, ‘SME Competitiveness’ will involve partners from SetSquared, Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council, under the stewardship of the Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub. The Outset service will provide...
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Bristol Partnership secures £3m to unlock housing innovation

Bristol is set to benefit from a £3million grant to help explore innovative housing solutions in the city. A consortium of partners including Bristol City Council, YTKO, BRE and the Bristol Housing Festival were awarded an Innovate UK grant for their project, Enabling Housing Innovation for Inclusive Growth. By trialling new methods of house building,...
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Outset Finance smash £20m milestone in lending

Outset Finance is celebrating a milestone of £20million of Start Up Loans delivered. Official delivery partner for the Government’s Start Up Loan Scheme, Outset Finance is marking the significant achievement of providing a total of £20million worth of funding to business start-ups in the past six years. The government backed Start Up Loans Scheme is...
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Outset marks International Women’s Day 2020

Earlier this month Outset events took place in Cornwall, Bournemouth and Plymouth to mark what has become a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The first IWD gathering took place in 1911 and was supported by over a million people. It has continued to grow exponentially and last year...
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Building Resilience in Under-Represented Entrepreneurs. A European Comparative Study

As experts in supporting BaME and women led businesses, YTKO was interested to see what new research from the Enterprise Research Centre, supported by J P Morgan, reported about resilience in these under-represented entrepreneurial groups. Over half our clients in our Outset and GetSet for Growth services are women, and BaME entrepreneurs are over-represented in...
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YTKO has the winning formula in the West

We were delighted recently to have swept the board at the recent Enterprising West of England ‘Ones to Watch 2020’ awards in Bristol, with clients from the GetSet for Growth and Outset programme represented in every category including Female Founder, BAME Leader, Contribution to Community and Young Person in Business. Ones to Watch Awards 2020...
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GrowSmart launches: Supporting SMEs to strengthen the UK economy

Recent data from the Office of National Statistics suggests that at the start of 2019 there were over 5.8 million SMEs in the UK, of which 5.6 million of the UK’s SMEs were registered as micro businesses – an indicator that the appeal in developing a business from scratch is far from being in the decline. This evidence...
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Finishing the decade on a high!

At the end of 2019, YTKO Group, and in particular, our CEO, Bev Hurley, were recognised for the important work we do in the SME sector. On 6th December, members of the YTKO Senior Management Team attended the Awards Dinner for the SME National Business Awards at Wembley Stadium. The SME National Business Awards raise...
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Building Growth tackles construction careers in the South West

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has today announced £1m funding for Building Growth South West, a funded programme to help people explore a career in construction. Led by YTKO the project will take place across the West of England and Greater Exeter regions to support members of the public to explore a career in...
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Award-winning OutSet Start-Up service launches in London

We are delighted to announce the launch of our first OutSet Start-Up service in London, in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. YTKO has been delivering publicly funded start-up, sustainability and scale-up support since 2003, at local, regional and national levels. Since 2009, our support for early stage businesses (pre-start and up to two years...
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