Despite the gloomy forecasts, budding businessmen and women across the country are still seizing the opportunity to put their creative ideas into action. Last month over 25,000 UK-based businesses were started up from scratch.
While all budding Alan Sugars and Deborah Meadens often have bags of ideas, creativity, enthusiasm, passion and drive – many have little or no experience in running a business. To help companies get off to the best start possible, Business Link offers free, impartial information and advice. For example, Business Link can make aspiring entrepreneurs aware of local events and workshops that deliver practical guidance on setting up and running a business. For all businesses, one-to-one advice is available from Business Link’s business advisers – most of whom have first-hand experience of running businesses themselves.
Business Link is also a good first port of call to find out what help is available for businesses affected by the economic recession - www.businesslink.gov.uk/realhelp. This includes the Business Link Health Check, through which business owners can receive an objective assessment of their company’s performance, identifying key strengths, prioritising areas for improvement and highlighting business opportunities.
In the past 12 months nearly a million customers have turned to Business Link for help. Karen Hanton, founder of the innovative online restaurant booking service Top Table said: “I’ve developed a reputation for recommending Business Link. I know only too well that businesses who seek authoritative advice are more likely to succeed than those that don’t. Some businesses access private sector advice as part of their venture capital support. Business Link also provides an invaluable service, by introducing businesses to the available expertise and support that best meets their particular needs. The important thing is to get advice. Until recently I’d always assumed that Business Link’s website was just for small businesses but someone corrected me and there are some great tools and information on there. I don’t think you can beat it for hard facts. Finally I would urge all companies to get a Health Check, they are not just for those who think that the recession might cause them problems, they’re also great for those who want to know how to make the most out of the opportunities out there.”
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About Business Link
• Business Link is the information, advice and support service for all businesses, funded by the Government.
• Business Link provides the information, advice and support needed to start, maintain and to grow a business.
• Business Link can be accessed online at businesslink.gov.uk or by calling the National Help Line on 0845 600 9 006.
• The online Health Check can be accessed at businesslink.gov.uk/healthcheck
• To see all the help available for businesses during the credit crunch go to businesslink.gov.uk/realhelp.
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