Programme Directors – GetSet Solent

YTKO supports businesses through the whole cycle of growth, from pre-start and start-up to sustainability and growth, via a blend of branded services. We have secured funding to deliver growth support to SME businesses in the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) region along with a generous grant programme that successful clients can use for the purchase of new equipment, expertise and services as part of their ambitious growth plans.  The scheme is funded by HM Government and the European Regional Development Fund.  Our services in this contract will be offered under our GetSet for Growth brand.  

GetSet for Growth is a specialist service tailored for small businesses with the potential and ambition for sustainable growth.  It helps SMEs overcome the two biggest barriers to growth – generating sufficient profitable customers and accessing growth finance. GetSet provides practical strategic advice and support on markets and marketing, investment readiness, finance and business planning, through a range of workshops, 1:1 support and networking, and underpinned by a rich e-learning portal. 

Along with our sister brand Outset, we have delivered highly successful GetSet services nationwide, funded by various bodies, to support business creation/growth and bolster local economies. 

GetSet is returning to Solent and we are looking for two Programme Directors to fill roles which blends strategic and operational responsibilities, managing a team of advisers and support staff and directly supporting clients in addition to developing partnerships in the public and private sectors across the Solent LEP region.  

The Programme Directors will predominantly deliver finance, investment readiness and/or marketing/business growth guidance to existing businesses. This will include a blend of 1-1 face-to-face support, group workshop facilitation and remote support, to assist established businesses to grow and supporting them to access our grant programme and external finance from a variety of sources as appropriate.  

As one of our Programme Directors you will deputise for the Head of Grant Programmes as required, building/maintaining an effective network of relationships with stakeholders, referral partners, influencers, service providers, networks and organisations of all kinds across the public and private sectors. This is an essential part of building a robust client pipeline, demonstrating our collaborative ethos, and ensuring our reputation is strong amongst the business community. 

Excellent written and oral English and strong IT skills are a must including fluency in Microsoft Office and some experience of CRM systems. Driving licence required. 

If this sounds like you, please complete our application form and return to There is no closing date, we will interview and make appointments as soon as we find excellent candidates.

YTKO has a strong value set to which all our team have contributed to and demonstrate on a daily basis. We welcome applications from all candidates fulfilling the job requirements, regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability, firmly believing that a diverse and inclusive team, underpinned by a great, flexible culture, is fundamental to our success. 

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Southampton/Portsmouth area

£48,000 - £52,000 pa depending on skills and experience

Full time, fixed term contract April 2021 - June 2023

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