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Outset Torbay shortlisted for national award

Local business start-up support organisation Outset Torbay has been shortlisted in New Start’s Better Places National Awards 2012.

The awards celebrate projects and organisations that reach out to all sections of society; going that extra mile to inspire and demonstrate inclusive, innovative approaches to creating better places.

Delivered by economic development company YTKO, Outset Torbay is funded (£1.8m) by the European Regional Development Fund and Torbay Development Agency to deliver Intensive Start-up Support and Enterprise Coaching across the Bay and to raise the entrepreneurial aspirations of under-represented groups, including women, 18-24 year olds, the over 50s, those with disabilities or health issues, and long-term unemployed.

Shortlisted in the ‘Private Sector’ category, New Start praised the way in which Outset Torbay tailors its support to clients’ needs, adapting a grassroots approach to deliver plain language workshops for people who may never have otherwise considered self-employment.

The publication highlighted the fact that locally, Outset Torbay has supported the formation of 85 new businesses and helped to create 97 jobs.

Across the country, Outset enables people who have traditionally been ‘hard to reach’, supporting them as they begin their own enterprise journeys and continuing to provide support to help grow sustainable new businesses. Outset Bristol has been jointly shortlisted with Outset Torbay for its innovative contribution to the City. The organisation fosters financial and social inclusion, regeneration in deprived wards, reduced dependence on welfare and increased Gross Value Added (GVA) to local economies.

Bev Hurley, Chief Executive of YTKO and Outset, commented: “It is fantastic news that Outset Torbay and Outset Bristol have been recognised for their achievements in the shortlist for the Better Places National Awards.

“The teams work with hundreds of individuals, some of whom are furthest away from the labour market, to build confidence, overcome barriers and gain the new skills they need, to start and grow successful, businesses within their local economies and communities.”

Helen Harman, Programme Director at Outset Torbay, said: “I am delighted that we have been shortlisted for these national awards, and proud to lead a team which works hard to adopt an innovative approach to support the Bay’s community and economy through the creation of new jobs and businesses.”

Winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony in Manchester on Tuesday, 3 July.