Enterprise Nation is celebrating Britain's hard-working small business advisers. The Top 50 Advisers competition is powered by Experian and recognises the top advisers, professionals, coaches and mentors working behind the scenes to ensure Britain's businesses get the best start and growth potential.

The following 50 advisers listed below were chosen from hundreds of entries from around the UK. We now need you to help us find the top ten outstanding experts by casting your vote!

As well as voting, join us on 12 March for an event in London where the winners will be revealed. RSVP here.

We have received hundreds of entries and here are the top 50 advisers in 10 key business areas. The shortlist, in no particular, order is:

Branding and design: 

  • Chris Lee, The Prince’s Trust
  • Denise O’Leary, Purpol Marketing Limited
  • Lesley Bambridge, We Mean Business
  • Patricia Van den Akker, The Design Trust
  • James Hammond, The Brand Doctor

- Vote for your favourite business adviser in the branding and design category -

Export:

  • Nicola Thomas, A La Carte Consulting Ltd
  • Stephen Houston, Houston Acquisitions
  • Martin Norbury, Advocate Business Services Ltd
  • Tom Elliott, Medilink
  • Jane Gordon, FMCGenie

- Vote for your favourite business adviser in the export category -

Finance and funding:

  • Dawn Crossingham, D52 Ltd
  • Dean Williams, Exclusive Visions
  • Nick Howe, Natwest
  • Simon Bulteel, Cooden Consulting Limited
  • Kylie Fieldhouse, KFH Accounting Ltd

- Vote for your favourite business adviser in the finance and funding category -

Human resources:

  • Andrew Guy, Friisberg & Partners
  • Michael Hayes, Business Growth Hub
  • Richard Tidswell, Business Doctors
  • Wendy Sneddon, The Lodestone Lounge
  • Peter Lawrence, Human Capital Department

- Vote for your favourite business adviser in the human resources category -

IT & web:

  • Aaron Crewe, Novi.Digital Ltd
  • Delia Porter, Business Clan Ltd
  • Louise Brogan, Social Bee NI
  • Marco Strillozzi, Strillobyte
  • David Glenwright, JC Social Media

- Vote for your favourite business adviser in the IT and web category -

Leadership and management:

  • Alison Bradford, Alison Bradford Coaching
  • Andy Sorsby, Sheffield City Region Growth Hub
  • Daniel Priestley, Dent
  • Karen Green, Food Mentor Ltd
  • Melanie Bryan, WhyNotChange Limited

- Vote for your favourite business adviser in the leadership and management category -

Legal:

  • Jayne Shields, Black Country Chamber of Commerce
  • John Berrisford, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service – Business Support
  • Sapphire Gray, SG Business Consultancy
  • Steve Aicheler, Cardiff Met University
  • Ollie Collard, The Enterprise Orchard Limited

- Vote for your favourite business adviser in the legal category -

Public relations:

  • Amanda Ruiz, AmandaRuiz.co.uk
  • Charlotte Moore, Smoothie PR
  • Lis Anderson, Ambitious PR
  • James Taylor, Roaring Mouse
  • Ali Shadrack, Adia PR

- Vote for your favourite business adviser in the public relations category -

Sales and marketing:

  • Alison Edgar, The Entrepreneur's Godmother
  • Alison Battisby, Avocado Social
  • Paula Hutchings, Marketing Vision
  • Lucy Green, Larato
  • Jo Sealy, To Market

- Vote for your favourite business adviser in the sales and marketing category -

Strategy:

  • Aaron Henriques, Handlr
  • Azfar Haider, Creative Media Systems Ltd
  • Ian Hills, Purple Pilchard Ltd
  • Charles Cracknell, John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank
  • Zulfiqar Ellahi Deo, stairsandshares.com

- Vote for your favourite business adviser in the strategy category -

  • 1 November 2017 - 31 January 2018: Applications open
  • 12 February: Top 50 advisers shortlist sent to judges for review
  • 19 February: Finalists announced and voting opens for general public
  • 11 March: Public voting closes at 17:00
  • 12 March: Votes counted and winners announced at evening awards event in London

  • Max Firth, managing director, business information, Experian UK&I
  • Dr Rannia Leontaridi OBE, Director, Business Growth at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Bev James,  author of the Sunday Times bestseller, Do it! Or Ditch It, CEO of The Coaching Academy, start-up advocate and business mentor
  • Sharron Gunn, Executive Director of Members, Commercial and Shared Services at ICAEW 
  • Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation
  • Marc Jantzen, founder, TheNub, specialist in accelerating the growth of consulting and advisory businesses 

 

Behind every successful small business is a network of specialists who know how to maximise an SME’s chances of thriving. As their companies grow, the founders and senior staff at SMEs often take on a range of responsibilities which are outside of their usual field of expertise. These awards will highlight those who provide professional guidance to the engine of our economy.

As their companies grow, the founders and senior staff at SMEs often take on a range of responsibilities which are outside of their usual field of expertise. awards will highlight those who provide professional guidance to the engine of our economy.

Experian is powering the Top 50 Advisers competition as it will highlight those who provide professional guidance to the engine of our economy.

  • Advisers must work in the UK
  • All information submitted in your entry will be shared with the judging panel
  • All questions within the application form must be answered in order for the application to qualify.
  • All applications must be submitted by 5pm on 31 January 2018
  • In addition to winning the title of being a Top 50 Adviser, you will receive a free sales consultation and profile across Enterprise Nation.
  • Got questions? Email Lorna Bladen at hello@enterprisenation.com for support
 
 
 

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