YTKO launches new Enterprise Coaching service in Devon

YTKO has secured funding from the EU European Structural and Investment Fund to lead a new Enterprise Coaching service in the Heart of the South West LEP.

This project aims to empower individuals to develop self-employment opportunities and start and sustain micro and small businesses. It will support individuals from the more deprived areas and disadvantaged areas of Devon, and people underrepresented in enterprise. Support activities will be delivered across the whole of Devon by YTKO and partners Torbay Development Agency, The Princes Trust and Devon Communities Together.

Partners’ business coaches will deliver a range of enterprise coaching activities, covering pre-start and start-up, including a mix of events, workshops, face-to-face support, telephone and online support as well as e-learning resources.

YTKO Deputy CEO, Lee Hughes says “We are extremely pleased to be working with our partners on this important project which will nurture the enterprise culture across Devon. Our services will be provided by experienced and empathetic local teams of coaches and experts in business planning, market research and traditional and alternative finance and funding. I am confident that our activities will ensure that our target communities are provided with the skills and knowledge they need to start up and sustain their new enterprises.”

The project will run for a three year period, and the impact of the project will be assessed by the number of entrepreneurs assisted, new enterprises supported and subsequent employment increases.

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