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Emergency Coronavirus Grants

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The Treasury has announced a £3,000 grant for businesses that do not pay business rates to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic. Around 700,000 businesses in England currently eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBBR) or Rural Rate Relief can apply for the emergency funding.

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International Women’s Day 2020 – Equal for All

International Women's Day 2020

Last Thursday saw the YTKO West of England team host an event with Bristol 24/7, to celebrate International Women’s Day. The venue was the beautiful Coopers Hall at the Bristol Old Vic and almost 50 business women from the city came together for coffee, cake and networking. Speakers, Sue Turner CEO of Quartet Community Foundation and Nicky Marshall and Sharon Critchlow of Discover Your Bounce, spoke at the event, providing thought provoking and inspirational content around this year’s theme ‘Equal for Each’.

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Ones to Watch 2020

Wednesday evening saw the YTKO team attend the Enterprising West of England ‘Ones to Watch 2020’ awards at the Bristol Old Vic.

Enterprising West of England ‘Ones to Watch 2020’ awards

This prestigious event celebrated the successes of the thousands of businesses from across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, who had been supported by the EWOE programme.

GetSet for Growth and Outset clients were very well represented, with clients in every award category which included Female Founder, BAME Leader, Contribution to Community and Young Person in Business.

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Hack it!

Students from Business Challenge Day

Last Wednesday saw Get Set for Growth involved in a Business Challenge Day at University of Bristol, with clients Lucy Preston and Tom Harbour from ‘Maths With Parents’. Students from a range of disciplines including Marketing, International Business Management and Economics attended the day and worked in teams to create branding, marketing and social media concepts for the business, with the day culminating in Dragon’s Den style client pitches.

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Pitch Perfect

Pitch 2019 bootcamp

Last Friday saw the GetSet for Growth Team head to Origin Workspace in Berkerley Square, Clifton, for the Pitch 2019 bootcamp, hosted by Bristol’s Box2Media.

The team delivered workshops on ‘perfecting your pitch’ and ‘accessing finance for your business’ to 50 budding entrepreneurs, who had been shortlisted from hundreds of hopefuls. Following the workshops, each contestant gave a 90 second pitch on their game-changing product or business idea.

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Wellbeing & Team Spirit!

Our West of England ‘GetSet for Goals’ mixed football team recently had a wonderful time competing in a weekend charity football tournament in support of the ‘Well Beans’ initiative.

Based in Bristol, this social peer network helps start conversations surrounding mental health and provides a compassionate culture in which individuals can engage, with the ultimate aim of reducing social isolation. Through their range of services such as training, wellbeing workshops and local events they continue to assist individuals with mental health to empower themselves and those around them.

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Disability Confident

The GetSet programme is designed to help ambitious businesses grow.  Our fully funded work in the region in collaboration with the Dorset Business Growth Partnership is available to help any county-based SME wanting to become more competitive in the market. Dedicated strands of activity include pre-start and start-up support, focussing on improving companies’ marketing performance, and overall financial management capabilities.

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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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