Partner to Succeed Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:57:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 YTKO’S OUTSET WINS TOP AWARD FOR JOB CREATION IN EUROPE Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:17:02 +0000 Portrait imageEconomic development and business support company YTKO has raised the flag for the UK once again this year in Global Entrepreneurship Week, winning the prestigious Grand Jury Prize for inspiring entrepreneurialism at the 6th European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA), at the European Commission’s first ever SME Assembly in Cyprus.

The company, winner of the UK’s national BIS Enterprising Britain Award for Promoting Enterprise in September, was applauded by delegates from across Europe, as Joanna Drake, Chair of the Jury and Director of SME and Entrepreneurship for DG Enterprise announced the Grand Jury Prize for YTKO’s Outset service. She said:

“When selecting the winner of the Grand Jury Prize, we are looking for a project that is both creative and inspiring in the way it encourages and supports entrepreneurship and this year’s winner has delivered impressive results whilst tackling the issue of self employment and unemployment.

“Outset uses innovative methods of communication to reach into different and often disadvantaged communities – and their ideas for marketing and communications could be transferable across the European community.

“The Award-winners this year are truly outstanding. Most critically, all of them, including Outset, could be adopted and replicated – this is what these Awards are really designed for: to identify brilliant approaches that can be shared and used elsewhere.”

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, said:

“It is great news for YTKO that its approach in promoting enterprise to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in the UK has been recognised. They have shown that if you have the passion to start a business you can make it a success. Their achievements will ultimately help to boost jobs and growth across the country and they are to be congratulated.”

Outset won against 420 project nominations from all 27 EU Member States, as well as three participating countries, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey, who have opted into the EEPA.

In the last three years alone, YTKO’s Outset programme has helped to create more than 1,200 new businesses and over 1,400 new jobs.

Outset supports disadvantaged clients in inner cities, coastal, rural and other deprived communities to be self-employed. The programme’s pre-start, start-up, investment readiness, post-start sustainability and peer group support has created more than £2.3m GVA, unlocked more than £1m of business finance – and saved more than £1.2 million on unemployment benefits alone in the last three years.

Many of the Outset programmes are funded by Europe, helping to create social and economic inclusion for under-represented and disadvantaged groups. More than half of the new businesses created via Outset are led by women, and 17 per cent of Outset clients are from black, minority or ethnic groups. Outset reaches more than twice the national average of young people in enterprise, at 15 per cent, with nearly a third of its clients previously unemployed. 21 per cent of the new businesses started with Outset’s support go on to create additional jobs within the first year of trading.

YTKO’s CEO Bev Hurley was in Cyprus to attend the SME Conference. On receiving the Grand Jury Award from the judges, she said, “I am so proud to accept this award tonight on behalf of my dedicated team and all the exceptional individuals who have participated in the Outset programme and created thriving new businesses.  Their entrepreneurial spirit is inspiring, and shows that much can be achieved with the right attitude and the right support.

“Outset is creating a significant legacy of new jobs, new enterprises, and new entrepreneurs, all making a real contribution to economic recovery in the UK.”

In Cornwall, Outset is an ERDF Convergence funded programme delivered to support local people.

For more information on YTKO’s Outset programme, please visit

Beyond Networking Event Fri, 02 Dec 2011 10:08:20 +0000 Partner to Succeed run a series of free events that draw together many companies from around Cornwall. We offer the perfect opportunity to meet inspirational and influential businesses at locations that show off how Cornwall is leading the way in many areas.

Each month we introduce you to some of the ways Partner to Succeed can help you explore new avenues of sales and growth, how to manage how your working now and what opportunities can arise from a little get together with other companies in the county.

We also welcome along inspirational business leaders to give presentations about projects they are working on and their experiences of collaboration and new ways of working.

We’re always receiving fantastic feedback about our events, so we encourage you to attend our next one.

“Have breakfast on us” road-show Fri, 05 Aug 2011 13:34:50 +0000 Also includes how our partners and Partner To Succeed are a valuable resource for any business; overcome costly barriers, increase overseas trade and profit, and build sustainable businesses.

Collaboration Club Profiles Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:37:54 +0000 Profile ImageResource Efficiency Collaboration Club
Andy McKenzie

Andy has managed and delivered a range of energy efficiency projects across the commercial, domestic and community sectors. Andy, with Partner to Succeed, developed a Resource Efficiency Collaboration Club to help businesses reduce their costs and on average this has saved clients 10-15% on their energy bills.

His expertise from nearly 10 years in the environmental sector has helped many businesses identify and implement energy efficiency, carbon reduction and environmental management measures to reduce their running costs and environmental impacts.

The work Andy delivers enables clients to develop more sustainable business strategies and build stronger relationships with current and prospective customer groups, the wider community and other stakeholders.

Profile ImageManaging Capacity Collaboration Club
David Bone

With over 13 years experience as an MD, David Bone grew his last company from under £1 million to a £5.8 million turnover and then like many others experienced a downturn during the recession, repositioning the company accordingly.

Under his tenure the company won numerous awards including the ‘Queen’s Award for Export’, ‘Parcelforce Best Exporter Award’ and a ‘Cornwall Business Award for Best Diversification’.

Needless to say David understands the challenges of managing a progressive SME and considers the effective management of capacity as a key element in maintaining control.

David epitomises the modern leader, who recognises that his success ultimately rests with his ability to get the best from not only himself, but from everyone that is involved with his business, whether it be employees, customers or suppliers.

His inclusive management style was nationally recognised by his peers in 2005, when he was presented with the national ‘Sage Daily Telegraph Business Award’ for best business leader. As a result of his best practice he was endorsed in 2010 as a Chartered Director by the Institute of Directors.

Profile ImageSales Growth Collaboration Club
Tom Wyness

Tom utilises his 15 years experience as a sales professional, Manager and Director in a variety of organisations. From SME to multinational Tom has provided consultancy and training to businesses looking to improve sales, marketing and business development performance.

Having worked with, and trained sales professionals and managers in over 100 businesses, Tom has developed specialist tools such as ‘Sales Audits’ and ‘Performance Analysis Assessments’ in order to analyse and identify the simple changes required to increase sales performance.

With Partner to Succeed Tom has delivered a ‘Sales Scorecard’ to over 60 businesses to date. He has been able to provide recommendations focusing on simple techniques and plans to help these businesses increase sales as well as identify potential collaborative partners to create sales efficiencies or develop new markets.

Managing Capacity Collaboration Club Thu, 09 Jun 2011 09:24:12 +0000 Do you need help managing your current or future workload?

Results focussed and free to attend*
Following independent research and feedback from our current clients, regarding their immediate priorities and requirements for this year, Partner to Succeed have teamed up with expert consultant, David Bone to deliver what we have termed Managing Capacity Collaboration Clubs (MCCC).

These clubs are a series of short group meetings along with a 1-2-1 session with an expert consultant to help businesses to understand more about their workload and processes allowing them to make the most of their opportunities.

Outcomes you can expect from the club include:

  • Recognise the challenges of effective Capacity Management and discover how each operational area should develop as your business grows or contracts
  • Identify how different activities impact your business and your profits.
  • Highlight specific opportunities for reducing risk through collaboration
Resource Efficiency Collaboration Club Thu, 09 Jun 2011 09:18:18 +0000 Do you want to save costs within your business?

Results focussed and free to attend*
Following independent research and feedback from our current clients, regarding their immediate priorities and requirements for this year, Partner to Succeed have teamed up with Low Carbon Futures to deliver what we have termed Resource Efficiency Collaboration Clubs (RECC).

These clubs are a series of short group meetings along with a 1-2-1 session with an expert consultant to help businesses to understand more about their energy usage and environmental management.

Outcomes you can expect from the club include:

  • Companies will be able to save 10-15% on their energy bills
  • A full understanding of how to conserve further energy usage
  • Better knowledge of environmental management and sustainability issues
  • The start of the development of an Environmental Management System
  • Opportunities to collaborate with other like minded businesses to save further costs to your business.
Sales Growth Collaboration Club Thu, 09 Jun 2011 09:14:54 +0000 Do you want to increase your sales?

Results focussed and free to attend*
Following independent research and feedback from our current clients, regarding their immediate priorities and requirements for this year, Partner to Succeed have teamed up with Competitive Edge to deliver what we have termed Sales Growth Collaboration Clubs (SGCC).

These clubs are a series of short group meetings along with a 1-2-1 session with an expert consultant to help businesses to understand more about their sales strategies and how to make the most of their sales opportunities.

Outcomes you can expect from the club include:

  • Accurately assess your sales volumes
  • Identify new sales channels
  • increase your sales opportunities
  • Identify collaborative opportunities to allow your sales to grow more quickly
Audioboo – Business Collaboration Clubs Thu, 12 May 2011 14:00:42 +0000 Our county wide Collaboration Clubs are providing a new and exciting experience for companies in Cornwall. Listen to our Audioboo and hear positive feedback on the clubs. If you’d like to get involved and wish to attend our upcoming clubs, visit our events page and click on the dates highlighted in orange for more details and venues throughout the county.

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General Electric and Better Place to Collaborate Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:47:49 +0000 There are four key areas involved in this collaboration: standards-based technology development, battery financing, joint fleet electrification programs and consumer awareness.

The partnership combines GE’s global scale, broad technology portfolio, smart grid expertise, and its new WattStation™ electric vehicle charger with Better Place’s EV services and infrastructure solution to create scalable solutions that power electric vehicles for nearly all consumers and fleet owners.

“GE values the power of collaboration and this partnership with Better Place is about large and small companies aggregating their strengths to advance electric vehicle infrastructure deployment,” said Beth Comstock, GE senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “By integrating our WattStation with this service solution, we can help digital energy transform our roadways and provide a cleaner, more sustainable transportation alternative.”

“Almost three years ago, Better Place identified the transformation from oil to electricity as the last massive ‘digitization’ of energy, and a significant economic opportunity globally,” said Shai Agassi, Founder and CEO, Better Place. “Our collaboration with GE is another significant step forward for Better Place as we seek to assemble a formidable ecosystem of industry leaders including Renault, HSBC and now GE that can help us scale our model globally. Our team of partners is committed to accelerating the acceptance of electric cars as more affordable and more convenient than our gasoline heritage.”

We’re exhibiting at Business South West 2010 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 15:24:46 +0000 This Thursday and Friday at Westpoint Arena in Exeter, we’re exhibiting at this years Business South West show. You will find Neil Roach on Stand 97 on Thursday with Mark Sansby then taking the reigns on Friday.

We’re hoping to see a large amount of interest from anyone looking at Collaboration, whether you know nothing about it or are unsure of its benefits to your business.

So please stop by Stand 97 if you’re attending the show and let Neil and Mark inspire you.

Business South West 2010 is being held at the Westpoint Arena, Exeter, running from the 14th – 15th October.