Business Advisors

After the success of the previous Specialist Business Advisors programme, we are inviting expressions of interest for the next round, beginning Summer 2021.

What is the Business Advisor Programme?

Our Business Advisors programme provides FREE 1-2-1 advice to Worcestershire businesses, from specialist advisors in the county. The support from these business advisors is free to businesses and delivered in a 1-1 format with some larger events coming up later in the year. Five delivery partners/specialist business advisors, will be brought on to provide support on specialised topics to help businesses recover and grow. The delivery partners for this phase are currently being recruited.

During the first phase 160+ businesses benefitted from the  programme and we’re hoping to build on this success for the next phase starting in Summer 2021.

Below you can read some of the success stories from businesses involved in the first phase of the programme.

The specialist business advisors will be covering the following areas:

 

  • Marketing
  • Adoption of Technology
  • Financial Advice
  • Sustainability
  • General business support

Who is the programme for?

The Business Advisor programme is designed for local businesses who are looking to grow and overcome their challenges with specialist 1-1 support.

 

Any businesses in Worcestershire are eligible to join the programme. 

Meet The Delivery Partners

These are the five advisors chosen to deliver specialist advice. See below to find out how they can support your business.

borwell

Adoption of Technology Advisor

borwell have over 25 years working in electronics, software, IT and cyber security. Consulting, designing, and building software solutions, and transforming businesses to exploit the latest technologies.

borwell helps customers to adopt digital technologies to exploit their existing data by removing paper, spreadsheets, and data duplication so they can transform and evolve systems and processes.

Find out more – www.borwell.com 

@borwellteam 

What advice can they provide?

  • Choosing cloud-based platforms to support your business
  • Start your Digital Transformation process
  • Reduce the risk of Cyber-attacks
  • Improve customer engagement
  • Technology for remote working

Citizen Communications

Specialist Marketing Advisor

Citizen is a full service creative marketing agency based in Kidderminster. With over 30 years’ experience of product launches, marketing campaigns and building brands using every media under the sun, we have picked up a thing or two along the way. If you have a new service, or product to launch or simply want to raise your profile and generate more leads both online and offline, we can help. 

Find out more information – www.citcom.co.uk 

https://www.facebook.com/Citizenccltd/

https://www.instagram.com/citizenccltd/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/citizen-communication-media-ltd

 

What advice can they provide?

  • A mini audit of businesses’ current marketing activity and quick win recommendations for improving and optimising their digital marketing
  • Provide a tailored workshop focused on specific areas such as SEO, showing recommended tools and areas to improve and maintain
  • Support businesses pivoting or launching a new product / service with the development of a clear marketing strategy and ongoing 90-day action plan

Ormerod Rutter

Financial Advice

 

We are a Worcestershire based accountants offering a range of services from VAT, Payroll, Bookkeeping, Tax, Audit and Corporate Finance for small businesses and large businesses.

Ormerod Rutter Chartered Accountants began 36 years ago.
Since then we’ve grown to become one of the leading independent accountancy firms in the region with offices in Droitwich, Bromsgrove, and Birmingham.

We pride ourselves on our innovative and progressive approach, working around the bespoke needs of your business. No matter what size or stage you’re at. 

Our family firm personality is at the heart of how we work. We are committed to supporting a variety of businesses not only in our own region but nationally. 

Find out more – www.ormerodrutter.co.uk 

www.facebook.com/ormerodrutter

www.twitter.com/ormerodrutter

www.linkedin.com/company/ormerod-rutter-chartered-accountants/ 

What advice can they provide?

  • Accountancy and taxation advice 
  • Business mentoring including management accounts 
  • Research and development advice and reporting 
  • Business structuring advice and restructuring 
  • Payroll, VAT and investigations support and advice. 

The Clean Tech Business Group

Sustainability Support Advisor

 

We are a team of highly experienced business coaches, all with a background in Carbon Reduction and developing and commercialising Low Carbon technologies. 

We support businesses in understand and benefiting from Net Zero Carbon and we help Clean Tech entrepreneurs realise their business ambitions.

Find out more – www.cleantechbusinessgroup.co.uk  

https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-clean-tech-business-group-ltd

What advice can they provide?

  • Help businesses understand what Net Zero Carbon and Sustainability mean to them, and why that is an opportunity, not a cost. 
  • Put in place measures to measure, monitor and report their Carbon Emissions. 
  • Develop their Carbon reduction strategies, with practical measures 
  • Help them communicate their sustainability credentials so they can take the commercial benefit from them 
  • Support them in identifying new business opportunities in the Low Carbon economy. 

Bizsmart

General Business Support Advisor

 

BizSmart® are disrupting the market for SME business support services – our offering is unique, innovative and professional… and it gets results.

We help business owners spread their wings through a rock-solid, proven system for scaling up and building value.  

 In the last 5 years we have worked with over 450 business owners and helped deliver on average a 29% increase in turnover and 36% increase in profits within the first 12 months.  We score 9.2 feedback out of 10 and 74% Net Promotor Scores (if you know NPS you will know that’s pretty good!) – and we aim to double the value each business we work with within 2 years. 

Find out more – hbizsmart.co.uk – Coming Soon..

(2) BizSmart: Overview | LinkedIn

Twitter – @BizSmartUK 

What advice can they provide?

  • Wanting proven strategies and systems they could follow to scale their company. 
  • Needing a sounding board of their peers who can share their experiences and help overcome barriers to scaling up. 
  • Knowing they can get distracted so see value in being held accountable to get more done! 
  • Want to work with people who have been there and done it – in fact the team is still wearing the t-shirt! 

Success Stories

More than 160 businesses benefitted from the previous run of the programme and received specialist and free 1-2-1 advice. Here are some success stories from those who benefitted.

Read more success stories through the case study links below

Vertis Accounting

Ocius Consulting

Clayton Window Cleaning

The Urban Herbery

How to get involved

 

We are currently inviting Worcestershire businesses to express their interest in joining the second phase of the Business Advisors programme. To do this simply complete the online form found below.

    If the answer to this question is no, unfortunately you will be unable to take part in the programme.
  • These are not required to join the programme, but it can help if businesses meet any of these points.

    This is multiple choice as businesses can benefit from multiple advisors in the programme.
  • This can be a bullet point list or a more detailed request.
  • *There is some limited flexibility with the programme, if you are unsure, please contact the team in the first instance. :

    Businesses impacted by Covid-19

    In the case of SMEs that prior to the impact of Covid-19 would have qualified, but which now do not due to the impact of Covid-19 (i.e. drop in turnover, or reduction in the number of employees), that would have met the criteria prior to March 2020

    Note that part time permanent employees should be counted as one employee.

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