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Outset Swindon and Wiltshire open up a world of opportunities for people looking for their next career move

Commencing Tuesday 22 June, Outset Swindon and Wiltshire are hosting a virtual series of talks & info sessions, The Self-Employment Fair, designed to inspire anyone going through redundancy, unemployed, or looking for a career change.
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Can MMC provide a solution to the retrofit agenda?

Our homes use 35% of all the energy in the UK and emit 20% of the carbon dioxide emissions. If the UK Government is to deliver its target of a 68% emissions reduction by 2030, and net zero by 2050, household emissions need to be addressed. As well as Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) providing a solution towards delivering lots of new, sustainable and affordable homes – can this form part of the solution for the retrofit agenda too?
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Fraser Daun & Jonny Patterson – SelectMyTalent

“We want to improve the way recruitment is carried out within the industry, making it easier for pilots to present themselves to potential employers,”
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Claudia Kennaugh – Art and People

Claudia Kennaugh set up Art and People to help collectors find artwork and to support artists after working in the music industry.
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Unlocking the market for modular housing in Bristol

Constructing Modern Methods (CMM) has launched a prototype toolkit which aims to help Councils meet their housing targets by bringing together complex data on modular housing providers in one place.
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North and East Bristol Support offers opportunities for the events industry

During the 2020 pandemic lots of industries were hit quite severely, but for the events industry, the effects were devastating. That was when Bristol Events and Project Manager, Katie Dane, found herself at a crossroads. With a lot of uncertainty ahead, she decided to take the brave steps out into the world of self-employment.
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Free ‘Meet the Expert’ events now available to businesses in the Coast to Capital region

Businesses can now access a range of interactive sessions led by financial experts from The British Business Bank, Let’s Do Business, Finpoint , South East Angels and Innovate UK Edge.
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Entrepreneur uses lockdown to fill in the gaps at Unholy Bagels

Whilst hospitality is one of the industries worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, a Leyton-based entrepreneur has revealed how he has used lockdown to re-shape his Unholy Bagels business to bring a little piece of New York to London.
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Fighting Covid-19 through fitness at Club Kombat

A Plymouth entrepreneur who set up a completely new fitness experience, underpinned by her commitment to diversity and inclusion, has described how the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a “rollercoaster of emotions” as her business finally emerges from lockdown restrictions.
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Turning plastic waste into bricks

The Greenbrick start-up was made possible because of the YTKO Group’s Outset Finance programme, which provided a £11,500 loan.
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Week of events to celebrate International Women’s Day hailed a great success!

YTKO is delighted that over 230 women were able to enjoy the special events we ran last week around International Women’s Day (IWD) this year!  The taster sessions were organised by teams across a range of programmes including Accelerating Women’s Enterprise, Enterprising Women, Building Growth South West, Outset and GetSet for Growth Ranging from yoga to mindfulness, PR to photography, the...
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YTKO Group launches its award-winning strategic growth service in Solent

YTKO Group is launching our award winning GetSet for Growth service across the Solent, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
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2020 Social Mission Accomplished

Economic impact report highlights “new benchmarks set” in YTKO’s support for 50,000+ businesses and disadvantaged entrepreneurs
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YTKO rolls out GetSet Accelerate to women-led businesses across Cambridge and Peterborough, plus announcement of £1m grant fund

GetSet Accelerate is rolled out to women-led businesses across Cambridge and Peterborough, plus announcement of £1m grant fund.
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YTKO celebrates the success of female-led businesses

YTKO has joined forces across a range of programmes, including GetSet for Growth, Outset, Enterprising Women and Building Growth, to provide a week of International Women’s Day inspired events to celebrate women in style!
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YTKO to play key role in a new transformational Business Growth Service to deliver 5278 new jobs across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

YTKO is joining a new programme, Growth Works, which will deliver 5,278 new jobs, 1400 new apprenticeships and generate significant inward investment in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough over the next three years.
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Outset Finance celebrates a milestone of £25million 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 £25million worth of funding to business start-ups in the past six years.
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New Partnership offers affordable legal advice for SMEs

YTKO has joined forces with innovative legal company, LawBite, to offer a variety of legal services for our Outset, GetSet and Enterprising Women clients.
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Access finance options across the whole UK lending market through new YTKO Partnership

YTKO has partnered with Finpoint to enable our clients to easily find the best type and price of finance across the whole of the UK lending market.
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Bev Hurley, YTKO CEO, encourages businesses to lead the way to a fairer, more sustainable recovery

At a recent event, TechSwindon Summit, Bev Hurley, CBE, CEO of YTKO, presented to a virtual seminar to over 50 businesses, outlining the need to further build their resilience to remain sustainable in the future.
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New support programmes in Bristol from YTKO provides lifeline for businesses

Entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in Bristol can now benefit from two new fantastic support programmes led by YTKO.
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From the Ground Up – Improving the delivery of social value in construction

YTKO CEO, Bev Hurley, CBE, in her role as Chair of the Institute of Economic Development recently headed major new research into improving delivery of social value in the construction industry, resulting in publication of the research report, “From the Ground Up – Improving the delivery of social value in construction.” The report which was...
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Bristol Partnership secures £3m to unlock housing innovation

Bristol is set to benefit from a £3million grant to help explore housing innovation 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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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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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 International Women’s Day (IWD) gathering took place in 1911 and was supported by over a million people. It has continued to grow exponentially...
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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 building 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...
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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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