Expert help scheme means business

L-R Paul Brown, Ken Arnold, Ian Coull
L-R Paul Brown, Ken Arnold, Ian Coull

BUDDING business owners can get free help from experts in a new enterprise scheme.

Business Northumberland aims to help start-up ventures and those thinking of becoming entrepreneurs by providing up to 12 hours of free one-to-one support from specialists.

Advisers Ken Arnold, Ian Coull and Paul Brown all have experience of working with businesses of all sizes and sectors and will try to ensure that each business reaches its full potential.

Mr Coull said: “We provide hands-on support helping clients to achieve their goals. We identify areas for improvement and use our expertise and knowledge to help develop the ideas unique to each client, ensuring that opportunities are maximised to encourage business sustainability.”

The service represents an investment of £1.35million between Northumberland development company Arch and the North East European Regional Development Fund Competitiveness Programme. It is part of Northumberland County Council’s Enterprise Action Plan.

People using the service can access a range of information, including details of business resources.

Those eligible for assistance include people looking to start a business in a key sector, such as advanced manufacturing and engineering, pharmaceuticals, knowledge-intensive business services, food and drink, tourism or energy, businesses with the potential for high growth, forecasted to achieve a turnover of £500,000, or those set to employ at least five staff within three years.

Also entitled are businesses in south-east Northumberland in the first 12 months of trading, those in a key sector or people trading prominently business to business.

Issues covered may include sourcing finance, marketing or choosing the right premises.

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