Posted: Fri 19th Sep 2014
Since its launch in January 2014, the Enterprise Nation marketplace has recruited over 7,000 advisers, of which 2,000 are accredited to take part in the government's Growth Vouchers programme. Last Friday over 60 of those advisers came together to develop plans and action to promote the Growth Vouchers project across Britain.
The Growth Vouchers programme sees the government offer up to Â£2,000 in match spend to small businesses accessing strategic advice to grow, across five categories including sales and marketing, accessing finance and leadership and management.
As a small business owner, you can apply and be randomly selected to receive a Voucher, which can then be activated with accredited advisers on the Enterprise Nation Marketplace.
Advisers are located across the UK and experts in their field. They are also a dynamite promotion force and today we announce a national list of spokespeople who will take on the responsibility of promoting the Growth Vouchers programme in their area through media, events and adviser relations. Spokespeople will be the go-to person for press and will promote the Growth Vouchers opportunity to small businesses so the programme continues to deliver support. You can see the names of selected spokespeople below.
Last Friday's Adviser event was opened by Lord Young of Graffham, originator of the Growth Vouchers programme, and a keen believer in the power of small businesses accessing the right advice at the right time.
One adviser, Alison Edgar, offered her own tips on promotion. Founder of Sales Coaching Solutions Ltd, Alison has put real momentum behind promotion in the South West where she is running a roadshow of events, promoting her clients who have received advice through the programme, and building local partnerships to get the message out too.
This group of advisers (who are also part of an active LinkedIn group) left with fresh vigor to work within their areas to promote the Growth Voucher programme and support the UKs small businesses to grow.
To apply for a Growth Voucher for your business, please click here
To become an adviser on the marketplace, please click here
Bedfordshire - Julian Hall
Berkshire - Mark Neild
Birmingham - Dave Dugdale
Bristol - Rob Thomas
Buckinghamshire - Neil Younger
Cambridgeshire - Alan Todd & Stuart Forrester
Cornwall - Bob Harper Derbyshire - Paul Hesp
Devon & Somerset - Vince McConville
Durham - Stephen Derrick
Essex - Liz Storey & Duncan Gotobed
Gloucestershire - Luan Wise
Greater Manchester - Jeremy Bassett
Herefordshire - Anna Wilde
Kent - Bill Fox & Roderick Hogarth
Lincolnshire - Barbara Spiller
London (Central & City) - Javed Afzal, Nick Welch & Sam Onigbanjo
London (Central & West) - Helga Viegas, Linda Ngo, Philippa Seal & Warren Knight
London (East) - Mark Kass, Mavis Amankwah & Michelle Safo
London (North) - Sapphire Gray
London (South West) - Richard Hoque & Anton Smith
Merseyside - Andy Smith
Middlesex - Phil McConnell
Norfolk - Sue Wiltshire & Shirley Gabriel
Northwest - Robert Parkinson
Northumberland - Andy Smith
Nottinghamshire - Serena Humphrey
Oxfordshire - Ashley Goodall & Justin Jackson
Peterborough - Quentin Pain & Tony Cruttenden
Sheffield - Angela Stead
Shropshire - Chris Jones, Matt Flanagan & Andrew Corbett
South Yorkshire - Paul Smith
Surrey - Matthew Katz & Arsim Shillova
Tyne & Wear - Andy Smith
West Sussex - Doug Eaton
Wiltshire - Alison Edgar
Worcestershire - Alan Matthews & Stuart Allen
Additional counties being confirmed