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Outset Bristol supports under-represented groups from Bristol to start their own businesses. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Bristol City Council, we pride ourselves on offering flexible, friendly and practical support.

Due to the nature of our funding we are only able to offer support to those living within Bristol City Council wards. To check whether your address is eligible please visit Bristol City Council Ward Finder.

Our Outset programmes have helped thousands of people unlock their potential and work for themselves. We are here to support people from Bristol, particularly women, those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, the under 25s, the over 50s, those with disabilities or health issues, the unemployed, and those living in deprived wards.

Outset is run and managed by YTKO Group – one of the UK’s leading experts in business start-up and enterprise development.

More than 30 years’ combined private and public sector expertise is directed at achieving YTKO Group’s mission, to support the creation and enable the growth of more than 6,000 companies, that together will contribute more than £1 billion per annum to the British economy by 2020. Our work with some of the world’s most innovative, dynamic and successful private sector businesses informs and under-pins our award-winning public sector work.

Our Enterprising Women community now supports more than 8,500 women in business across all parts of the UK, ranging from part-time home based enterprises to high growth science and technology companies.  Enterprising Women deliver women-only programmes as part of our Outset services and support. They have been specially designed to address the specific challenges and barriers faced by women, and have been really successful in helping unlock the enormous enterprise potential of thousands of women nationwide.


If there’s too much happening in your life to know whether enterprise is right for you, why not come along to one of our relaxed information sessions

If you’ve got a seed of an idea, but not sure if it will work, or whether you can do it, our Introduction to Enterprise sessions are for you

If you’ve got a business idea, are keen to get going, and just want to learn how to do it properly, you need our Business Start Up programme

Once you’ve started your business with Outset’s help, contact us for 1:1 advice or choose our post-start up support