Business Support

  • Hands-on support
  • real, actionable solutions
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‘How To’ start up or grow a business

The ‘How To’ Business Support Programme provides hands-on knowledge and expertise to get to the heart of your everyday business issues, and provides real, actionable business solutions.

No fluff. No dodging the questions. Just straight to what you need to know, how to do it and what to do next.

We believe we give high quality business support that helps you generate new income and become more agile and resilient to head-off today’s problems and maximise tomorrow’s opportunities.

Just for you!

We know from experience that there’s no one-size-fits all approach to running a successful small business. The How To Business Support Programme helps entrepreneurs run their businesses smartly and efficiently, by completing each of these five modules:

  • Strategy – model the business and action planning
  • Sales & Marketing – find customers and win sales
  • Operations – become agile and resilient
  • People – build a winning, happy team
  • Finance – raise and manage money

Publicly-funded programmes

We work with local authorities to provide free business advice and support to businesses in their geographic area.

If you’re not part of our programme, but need support, please get in touch and we’ll gladly put a proposal together for you.

Our easy to use business toolkit

Each module will question the way you work to see if there’s a better way of doing things, and if you’re just starting out, the programme will help you set up your business systems without you wasting lots of time and money.

You’ll use easy to use tools for a modern age, like AI technology to help you promote yourself to the wider world and keep a check on your business while you sleep.

But don’t worry if you’re not tech-minded. These tools are designed for you, plus we’ll help you every step of the way, at your pace and level. And what’s more, the tools we’ll show you are either free of charge or low-cost. You’ll be amazed at what can be achieved, once you know ‘How To’!

You’ll be supported by our team of seasoned advisors. They’ve literally been there, seen it, done it and most are still wearing the t-shirt! They know their stuff and are passionate about helping people develop themselves and their businesses.

The knowledge they have accumulated from winning and losing in business is priceless! And this depth of knowledge is available to you in a friendly, supportive manner to help you take the many next steps on your journey to business success.

How we work

We’ll be available to you during normal office hours and will respond to you whichever way suits you best. You’ll receive support by:

Online Workshops
We have a programme of online webinars where we will share our ‘How To’ knowledge and tools. These webinars will be updated on a regular basis with the latest tools and tricks of the trade!
Phone & Email Support
A personal business advisor will be available to help with any questions you may have.
Face to face
We would prefer this but may be constrained for pandemic restrictions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got a quick burning question? Get in touch and we’ll do our very best to answer it 🙂

If we’re paid by your local authority to support you, it will be completely free of charge. However, if you are able to invest in your business and personal development, please get in touch.

One of our advisors will be glad to discuss your situation, in confidence, and send you a written proposal with how we can help and the associated costs.

Our free publicly-funded programmes vary. Some are for a few hours and some are very intense and last much longer. Our How To’ is designed to add value very quickly, so no matter the length, we’ll still do our best to drill into the heart of the matter to drive you forward.

Yes. We will ask you a series of questions to hone in on your particular need, so we can be laser-focussed on the right sales and marketing support that will ‘move the needle’.

Yes, but the first thing to say is that you can’t possibly know it all. While you’ve got your head down working in the business, it’s easy to miss the changes and opportunities that make things easier. Plus we’ll get you looking at the business from the outside, ie, work ‘on’ the business. It will give you a completely different perspective. Please call us in confidence about our mentoring scheme. It’s designed just for you.