Did you know that in England currently over 240,000 small businesses use external advice and a further 98,000 businesses use a mentor.

Typically the type of advice they use will cover topics such as business growth, marketing, running a business and how to access finance; 94% of businesses say they have seen benefits from taking advice a further 74% think its great value for money. Advice generally costs between £50-£100 per hour.

Are you aware that there is a government backed research project called Growth Vouchers which  offers matched funds for strategic business advice? A Growth Voucher will match whatever you spend up to a maximum of £2000. That means you could get the advice you need to develop your business at half the price which has to be good.

“I would not have thought about marketing as the area in which I needed advice and I certainly would not have known how to look for it.” Tina Goldsmith, Snuggle Sacs. Tina used Growth Voucherfunding to access advice that has helped her to build her brand’s profile among consumers and drive significant turnover growth. To read about Tina’s journey click here.

You have the same opportunity as Tina so why not apply today?

For any additional assistance in applying contact Heather Benham, Business Events Advisor for the Growth Vouchers team on 07968487523, email heather.benham@nwes.org.uk

Statistics courtesy of Enterprise Nation, Small Business Survey 2012, BIS calculations based on small business survey 2012 and Business Population Estimate 2012 ‘Research to Understand the barriers to take up and use business support’ CEEDR & BMG (2011), BMG analysis of Small Business Survey 2012.