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    • UK Umbrella State Aid Granted by European Commission

      Broadband Delivery UK (the organisation responsible for delivering the £52 million of public funding for the Connecting Devon and Somerset Project) has been granted State Aid* clearance by the European Commission. This allows Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) to approve local

    • BT Appointed Preferred Bidder for the Connecting Devon and Somerset Programme

      The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme has announced that it has appointed BT as preferred bidder for the provision of superfast broadband across Devon and Somerset. The next stage of the project involves undertaking due diligence on the tender

    • Procurement Update

      As part of satisfying State Aid requirements, Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) is required to announce the launch of its invitation to tender (ITT) for the selection of its chosen supplier from the recent Framework arrangement set up by BDUK.


Background to YTKO

Connecting Devon and Somerset’s support for business is delivered by YTKO, an award-winning consultancy with nearly 90 staff. The company is experienced in the implementation of business growth services for small and medium sized businesses with headquarters in Cambridge and regional offices across the UK (including Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Torbay and Cornwall). YTKO delivers a range of business skills to clients, including ICT support training, e-commerce, online market research, creating and managing websites, search engine optimisation and marketing, as well as the use of online tools and social media.

The support on offer

  • Interactive awareness raising events to animate and encourage businesses to use broadband/applications more effectively
  • One-to-one business mentoring
  • Enhanced business support to provide bespoke and tailored advice
  • One-to-one  support sessions for businesses and communities on ICT skills development
  • Flexible group workshops and ICT training sessions for businesses and residents

You’ll meet members of the team at our awareness raising events to promote the support available through CDS, and to stimulate the demand for superfast broadband across the region.

Key people

Stephen Oliver, YTKO Programme Director

Stephen manages the team that delivers YTKO support services for CDS. His role includes managing YTKO’s funder and partner relationships, providing strategy, monitoring results, working with businesses and acting as the project’s ambassador across Devon, Somerset and Bath. Stephen has worked in high-level business development roles, previously driving and managing product development and market entry for a leading global PLC.

Graham Leigh, Business Advisor

Graham conducts one-to-one mentoring sessions with businesses and has previously worked as an Enterprise Coach for YTKO’s Outset programme in Torbay, where he delivered business training workshops and one-to-one business coaching.

Rachael Hopper, Events and Marketing Executive

As part of YTKO’s work to engage with businesses and communities, Rachael provides further support to the team by organising events and marketing communications to increase awareness and demand generation. With significant project management experience prior to joining YTKO, Rachael co-ordinated a range of events in her previous role, including management for consumer and trade events in the UK.

Bev Hurley, YTKO’s Chief Executive

The team reports to Bev, an inspiring serial entrepreneur and holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.