Outset business start-up support shortlisted for national award

The awards celebrate projects and organisations that reach out to all sections of society; going that extra mile to inspire and demonstrate inclusive, innovative approaches to creating better places.

Delivered by YTKO Group, Outset Bristol and Outset Torbay deliver Intensive Start-up Support and Enterprise Coaching in their local communities, to raise the entrepreneurial aspirations of under-represented groups, including women, 18-24 year olds, the over 50s, those with disabilities or health issues, and long-term unemployed.

Jointly shortlisted in the ‘Private Sector’ category, New Start praised the way in which both Outset programmes tailor their offering to clients’ needs, adapting a grassroots approach to deliver plain language workshops for people who may never have otherwise considered self-employment.

The publication highlighted the fact that in Torbay, Outset has supported the formation of 85 new businesses and helped to create 97 jobs, while in Bristol, 64 per cent of businesses created in the city are owned and run by women, far exceeding the 27 per cent of female new business starts nationally.

Across the country, Outsetenables people who have traditionally been ‘hard to reach’, supporting them as they begin their own enterprise journeys and continuing to provide support to help grow sustainable new businesses. The organisation fosters financial and social inclusion, regeneration in deprived wards, reduced dependence on welfare and increased Gross Value Added (GVA) to local economies.

Bev Hurley, Chief Executive of YTKO Group, commented: “It is fantastic news that Outset Bristol and Outset Torbay have been recognised for their achievements in the shortlist for the Better Places National Awards.

“The teams work with hundreds of individuals, some of whom are furthest away from the labour market, to build confidence, overcome barriers and gain the new skills they need, to start and grow successful, businesses within their local economies and communities.”

Winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony in Manchester on Tuesday, 3 July.

Editors’ notes:

New Start is an award-winning monthly magazine, started as a weekly publication in 1999 and part of Manchester based Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) since October 2012.

The Better Places National Awards have been created to recognise organisations and projects that are innovative, work in economically and socially inclusive ways, contribute towards resilience in their locality and have overcome significant challenges. The Better Places National Awards will celebrate initiatives that go that extra mile, reach out to all sections of society and blaze a trail for others to follow.

For further information, please see:
http://www.cles.org.uk/features/better-places-national-awards-2012/