Britain’s top 50 business advisers have been announced.

Small business network Enterprise Nation asked businesses to nominate an adviser that had helped them to build and grow a sustainable Top 50 Adviser Badge   White Background   Rgbbusiness. The awards, which set out to highlight the work done being the scenes by experts helping Britain's army of small businesses to build and grow, revealed a rich vein of dedicated supporters for the UK's expanding entrepreneurial culture.

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “These business advisers are the unsung heroes behind Britain’s booming small businessculture. Emma

“The awards have uncovered some incredible work that has helped fledgling firms take steps towards sustainability and growth by taking a strategic look at their business.

“Research shows that those firms that take advice do better than those that don’t – and it stands to reason that good advice can help avoid some of the damaging, early mistakes entrepreneurs can make that can often force them to give up.

“Thanks to the Government’s £30m Growth Voucher initiative, there is now an increasing interest in taking strategic advice to overcome some of these behavioural barriers and unlock growth potential.

“The awards were designed to show this important work in action, in order to help more start-ups and small firms find out about the benefits of taking advice.”

The 50 advisers were chosen from hundreds of entries from around the UK, with ten outstanding experts picked out as the top ten. These are:

Alison Edgar, an accredited sales coach and Growth Voucher adviser from Chippenham, Wiltshire

• Martyn Benson, a start-up adviser working with Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RIDO) in Rotherham

Adrian Ashton, a start-up and growth adviser working with ex-offenders in Todmorden in West Yorkshire 

Kieron O’Toole, a specialist in leadership and management advice for growing firms, based in Redditch, West Midlands

Philip Dyer, a passionate supporter of small businesses and an accredited marketing specialist working in Preston, Lancashire

Quentin Pain, a marketing coach based in London

Warren Knight, a social media expert and entrepreneur operating in London

Jo Sealy, a food and creative marketing adviser from Walthamstow, London

Jon Green, an accountant from Havant in Hampshire

Bill Fox, a small business adviser, based in Ashford in Kent

Alison said: “I’m delighted to have been chosen as one of the top ten. The most common mistake I see is not to put a sales strategy in place. It is very important to dedicate time to sell your product or service, if you do not sell, you do not have a business. I work with clients not only to put together a short, mid and long term strategy but a sales process strategy of how to access people who make decisions to buy, and what to say when they meet them.”

Entries were judged by a distinguished panel including Emma Jones, and representatives from professional bodies including the ICAEW, as well as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, StartUp Loans and James Layfield, the founder and entrepreneur behind Central Working.

Top 50 Business Advisers 

Adrian Ashton

Alison Edgar

Brett Laniosh

Clive Ozzard

Harold Sharples

Jerry Davison

Laura Morris

Martin Norbury

Nick Bettes

Paul Waite

Richard Tidswell

Sarah Orchard

Warren Knight

Adrian Holdstock

Anne-Marie Hartill

Carol Stewart

Daryl Woodhouse

James Robson

Jo Sealy

Lizanne Jakobs

Martyn Benson

Nigel Davis

Philip Dyer

Rob Thomas

Sophie Jewry

Zufilgar Deo

Alan Adams

Arsim Shillova

Charles Smee

David Dugdale

Janet Bebb

Jon Green

Louisa Moger

Michelle McCalden

Paul Bailey

Philip Ely

Simon Williamson

Stephen Houston

Sue Tumelty

Bill Fox

Clive Bonny

Frank Vitetta

Jayne Smith

Kieron O’Toole

Martin Horton

Michelle Safo

Paul Norton

Quentin Pain

Sapphire Gray

Vanessa Lanham

Have your say

Warren Knight
Warren Knight

I feel very privileged to be name amongst so many great individuals Thank you to everyone at Enterprise Nation & Growth Vouchers

Nigel Davis
Nigel Davis

Thank you Enterprise Nation/Growth Vouchers, it is indeed a tremendous accolade to receive such recogntion from you for doing a job that I so much enjoy.

Nigel Davis
Nigel Davis

Thank you Enterprise Nation/Growth Vouchers, it is indeed a tremendous accolade to receive such recogntion from you for doing a job that I so much enjoy.

Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas

Thanks to Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, Harriet Easton and the Growth Voucher teams up and down the country who have made this scheme such a success for SMEs who have the desire to grow. As Warren said, it's a privilege to be chosen as one of the top 50 advisers out of 100s, but preliminary as it was as a result of being nominated by those SMEs we were able to support.

Alison Edgar
Alison Edgar

Wow, I feel flattered and honoured to have been chosen, thank you so much. Xxx

Stephen R Houston
Stephen R Houston

I'm delighted & honoured to have been selected as one of the Britain's Top 50 advisers of 2015 - adding to the enjoyment of what I do everyday, 'icing on the cake!' Thank you to Enterprise Nation, Growth Vouchers & everyone who voted for me.

Janet Bebb
Janet Bebb

Fabulous news that we're in the top 50 Growth Voucher Business Advisers. We're thoroughly enjoying supporting our clients with this scheme. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who took the time & trouble to vote for us. Cheers Janet - Social Progress Ltd

Brett Laniosh
Brett Laniosh

This is much appreciated - thank you! I appreciate that getting work in schools is not easy and I am proud to have helped those businesses that work in the education sector to generate more work. It is great to see The Business in Education Network is getting results for quality businesses that supply good and services to schools.

Lizanne Jakobs
Lizanne Jakobs

Honoured and thrilled to have been listed and hoping to do this work for many years to come.

Clive Bonny
Clive Bonny

Behind every successful individual there is always a successful team. Thanks to the Enterprise team!

Bill Fox
Bill Fox

What a fantastic compliment. Thank you for the honour of being placed in the top ten and thank you to everyone at Enterprise Nation.

Charles Smee
Charles Smee

Likewise, I want to thank you for voting me as one of your Top 50 Advisers. There is huge potential to help small businesses develop their sales, particularly overseas.

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