Spotlight shone on Staffordshire’s women in business


From left to right: Kathy Poole- Partnership Manager at GetSet for Growth, Bev Hurley CBE- CEO at YTKO, Rashpal Martin- Regional Head of Business Development at NatWest Bank, Gemma Bourne- NatWest Business Growth Enabler, Staffordshire & Shropshire

In November, NatWest business team joined forces with the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and award-winning business support service GetSet for Growth to host an inspiring afternoon celebrating local women in business.

Part of this year’s Staffordshire Business Festival, over 100 attendees enjoyed an afternoon of networking with their peers and an inspirational presentation from guest speaker Bev Hurley CBE, CEO of YTKO. Bev shared her frank and refreshingly honest experiences from the front-line of building and running a business, including the challenges she’s faced along the way and how she continues to tackle them.

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Ready. GetSet. Celebrate!

GetSet for Growth West of England recently celebrated their 1 year anniversary. Having helped more than 500 businesses in the area and created 100 new jobs already, reaching this exciting milestone called for a celebratory event! Clients and partners alike, including NatWest, JBP PR and the University of the West of England, were entertained on arrival by some incredible tricks performed by magician Adam Richards.

Guests enjoyed hearing from West of England Project Director Phil Stott, about the team’s fantastic achievements throughout the year. This was followed by GetSet client Doubleshot TV, who discussed the increasing importance of video for business and Co-founder of the award-winning Pieminister Tristan Hogg, later enlightened the room with his pearls of pie wisdom. Networking and nibbles followed the evening’s learning, including some of Pieminister’s delicious pies.

Take a look at the video from the event below, filmed by GetSet client Doubleshot TV.

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Growing Small Business and the Economy in London


Over the past 18 months, YTKO Group’s GetSet for Growth East London has successfully supported 500+ businesses, created 200+ local jobs and helped clients access £500,000+ of growth finance.

This would not have been possible without the support of multinational banking and financial services company, J.P. Morgan. The YTKO Group has a 30-year+ track record of advising both new and established businesses throughout its regional UK offices. The partnership between YTKO and J.P. Morgan ultimately resulted in the creation of the GetSet for Growth East London programme, which is geared toward helping businesses overcome the two biggest challenges to growth – access to finance and business development.

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GetSet helps local businesses build their teams for the future


Despite the Brexit doom and gloom, rising inflation and the recent hit to the Pound, there was good news from the ONS on Wednesday as they announced unemployment had only seen a very small increase on the previous quarter, indicating continuing confidence in the economy; good news for employees and employers!

“It’s reassuring that we’re in a growth conducive environment”, says YTKO CEO, Bev Hurley CBE, “but our own experience, 30 years of supporting other growing businesses and feedback from our current client base tells us that the concern of the average SME is as much about hiring and retaining the right teams as it is about growing it in the first place. There’s little point in increasing your headcount, if you don’t have the right people in the right roles, proper review and reward systems in place and an idea of how that team can develop and grow with you.”

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Bristol businesses benefit from GetSet and EEF partner event


The GetSet for Growth West of England team recently held a strategic business development workshop, in partnership with industry experts EEF, for their members within the engineering and manufacturing sector.

EEF represents UK manufacturers and helps their members thrive through campaigning, business consulting, resources, apprenticeship programmes, and training. Working with GetSet offers an extra perk for their members who need specialist growth support. It opens up a window of opportunity for more business owners to up-skill their knowledge and up-scale their businesses.

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GetSet London support budding entrepreneurs at local school’s Dragon’s Den competition


Lauriston Lights’ mission is a simple one. They want to help their students to build their confidence and prosper, both through their secondary school education and into their future career paths.

By attending summer camps, which have been running for the last 3 years, students come together to learn both hard and soft skills through programmes such as Philosophy for Children (P4C), debating, and career advisory one-to-one sessions. Students are also able to access mentor support through university students who help to inspire children through exercises, workshops, role-plays and competitions.

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GetSet’s partner service Outset Finance hits £5million milestone of Start Up Loans distributed

Outset Finance £5million

GetSet for Growth’s partner service and National Start Up Loans delivery partner, Outset Finance, is celebrating the achievement of another major milestone; securing a total of £5million for UK entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their businesses.

Outset Finance, partner service of the award-winning start-up support provider, Outset, and part of YTKO Group, has been delivering Start Up Loans since January 2014. In a little under 3 years, they are ecstatic to have reached this fantastic milestone, with £2million of the finance being raised for UK businesses this year, and half a million raised in July 2016 alone.

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East London businesses GetSet to conquer supply chains

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Business growth experts GetSet for Growth are launching a new initiative, up-skilling and preparing East London SMEs to access the supply chain opportunities they need to scale up their businesses.

The Procurement Toolbox is a brand new workshop series complete with tender support resources launching on Tuesday 6th September. The series will shine a light on the requirements and best practices of accessing supply chains, giving ambitious SMEs the tools and skills they need to become more competitive and fit to supply.

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Introducing the 1000 Trades Networking Club

GetSet for Growth recently joined forces with partners 1000 Trades, neighbourhood bar and kitchen, and local estate agents Arkade Property, to give local businesses in the Birmingham area a chance to mingle with their neighbours over a drink or two. And, it was certainly an evening to remember with 50+ like-minded business people in attendance!

The event was a huge success and we wanted to share a few snaps (above) from the night. We were pleased to see a range of creative businesses in attendance, as well as representatives from our partners NatWest, Barclays and Williams & Glyns to name a few.

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