Professional Business AdvisorsFREE 1-2-1 expert advice to help Worcestershire businesses
What is the Professional Business Advisor Programme?
Our Professional Business Advisors programme provides FREE 1-2-1 advice to Worcestershire businesses, from specialist advisors in the county.
The support from these professional business advisors is free to businesses and delivered in a 1-1 format to maximise the value for businesses. The aim is to provide support on specialised topics to help businesses grow.
The Professional Business Advisor programme has supported over 600 businesses to date.
The specialist business advisors will be covering the following areas:
- Digital Adoption of Technology
- Financial Strategy
- General Business Advice
- Green Agenda and Sustainability
- Marketing and Communications
- Strategic Workforce Planning
Who is the programme for?
The Professional Business Advisor programme is designed for local businesses who are looking to grow and overcome their challenges with specialist 1-1 support.
Any businesses in Worcestershire are eligible.
Meet the Professional Advisors
As Professional Business Advisor for Digital Adoption of Technology, some of the topics they can provide advice on are:
- Cyber Essentials – the UK government endorsed
cyber compliance standard which acts as a key
business enabler and creates the foundations for
a solid cyber security strategy. Assure Technical’s
market leading packages makes the certification
- Cyber Awareness Training – flexible packages to
help prevent your team being exposed by
phishing emails, identity fraud and
- IT Vulnerability Scanning – regular automated
scans to identify flaws in your IT infrastructure,
followed by pragmatic, practical
- Security Audits & Consultancy – a
comprehensive audit of your current physical,
cyber, information and procedural security
posture, followed by recommendations and a
roadmap improving your security stance.
Digital Adoption of Technology Advisor
Assure Technical is an award-winning, familyrun
business based in Malvern,
Worcestershire. It’s their goal to keep technical
security simple by cutting out the jargon to
provide pragmatic, honest and people-first
They provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for businesses
seeking to improve their security stance and
resilience through the effective adoption of
technology and are proud winners of the 2023
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber
Best Use of Technology Business Award.
Marketing & Communications Advisor
Citizen Communication is a full-service marketing agency, based in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. They work with clients to understand their individual challenges, needs and opportunities and work collaboratively to tell their story. At Citizen, we are a team of individuals. Fresh young talent mixed with grizzled experience. We have the specialist skills and agility to innovate and push the boundaries.
As Professional Business Advisor for Marketing and Communication, some of the topics they can provide support on are:
- Web design, development, and hosting
- Social media management and email marketing
- PPC and SEO expertise
- Brand design and development
- Graphic design and animation
- Technical and creative copywriting
- Marketing strategy and planning
- Events and exhibitions
- Print services – collateral, POS, signage
- Analytics and reporting
https://www.facebook.com/Citizenccltd/ https://www.instagram.com/citizenccltd/ https://twitter.com/citizenccltd https://www.linkedin.com/company/citizen-communication-media-ltd/mycompany/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKN5pPJzsT-2zzULzeda_HQ/videos
As Professional Business Advisor for Green Agenda & Sustainability, some of the topics they can provide support on are:
- Help businesses understand what Net Zero Carbon and Sustainability mean to them, and why that is an opportunity, not a cost
- Put in place measures to measure, monitor and report their Carbon Emissions
- Develop their Carbon reduction strategies, with practical measures
- Help them communicate their sustainability credentials so they can take the commercial benefit from them
- Support them in identifying new business opportunities in the Low Carbon economy
Green Agenda & Sustainability Advisor
The Clean Tech Business Group is a team highly experienced business coaches, all with a background in Carbon Reduction and developing and commercialising Low Carbon technologies.
They support businesses in understand and benefiting from Net Zero Carbon and help Clean Tech entrepreneurs realise their business ambitions.
Mindset & Wellbeing Advisor
Mental health and mindset have a fundamental impact on employee engagement and effectiveness.
I help people gain self-awareness, understanding and skills to better manage their own thinking to improve contribution and satisfaction and reduce the likelihood of experiencing the most common mental ill health conditions.
Glassfull champion a balanced approach to business growth through mindset and well-being. Their specialised tools and coaching, rooted in positive psychology, practical neuroscience and understanding neurodiversity, ensure that you and your teams thrive with focus and energy.
They guide individuals towards greater awareness and self-sufficiency. Our unique system distills hard-won knowledge and experience into an approach that’s intuitive and actionable.
As Professional Business Advisor for Mindset & Wellbeing, they can provide advice across the following areas:
- Tailored Coaching for business owners to enhance mindset and performance
- Tools for empowering teams to craft their optimal work environment
- Engaging workshops to harness mindset, neurodiversity and wellbeing
- Support with designing and rolling out a tailored wellbeing initiative
Connecting you to local wellbeing resources and support
As Professional Business Advisor for Workforce Planning, they can provide advice across the following areas:
- Employer branding
- Recruitment process design / improvement
- Vacancy Advertising advice
- Interviewer training
- Retention / creating a positive company culture
Strategic Workforce Planning Advisor
Hewett Recruitment are a specialist recruitment agency, established in 1980. They offer permanent, temporary and contract recruitment solutions over a range of sectors, including IT, Engineering, Industrial, Commercial, Finance and Executive Talent.
As a values based company, Hewett’s mission is to make a proactive and positive impact on people – meaning our Clients, Candidates, Employees and the wider community.
Financial Strategy Advisor
Perrigo Consultants are an experienced and professional Worcestershire based firm of Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisers.
As Professional Business Advisor for Financial Strategy, they can provide advice across the following areas:
- Cloud accounting software advice and implementation – that is fully MTD ‘ Making Tax Digital’ compliant
- All aspects of accounting advice from bookkeeping, VAT to filing of accounts and tax returns
- All levels of tax advice from the different tax options available for each business such as R&D tax credits to dealing with HMRC and remaining compliant
- Assistance and advice with planning, budgeting, and forecasting and management accounts
- Guidance on business acquisitions and potential sale
- Advice on grant finance, business borrowing and loan capital
- Strategic financial advice on business growth and diversification
- Changes in tax strategy and business considerations
As Professional Business Advisor for business sustainability and the green agenda, here are some of the topics they can provide advice on:
- Setting realistic decarbonisation targets
- Practical measures towards decarbonisation
- Reporting and monitoring carbon emissions and decarbonisation
- Benefits and costs associated with sustainable technologies
- Benefits, costs associated with LED Lighting
- Energy Saving measures
- Energy monitoring – methodologies, costs, and benefits
- Waste and water management
- Gaining accreditation to ISO 50001 and ISO 14001
- Information on potential grant funding
- Information on other sustainability, net-zero carbon, energy management programmes offering more detailed support
Green Agenda & Sustainibility Advisor
Pro Enviro is a specialist decarbonisation and process optimisation consultancy. For almost 30 years, Pro Enviro has helped UK businesses minimise their energy consumption and maximise their energy and process efficiency.
General Business Advisor
Rock Solid is a results driven business consultancy which focuses on practical and achievable solutions for businesses. With direct experience in operating a variety of businesses Rock Solid understand the realities of driving a business offering bespoke solutions and advice to each client.
As a Professional Business Advisor for General Business Advice, some of the topics they can provide support on are:
- Business planning/strategy
- Business structure
- Access to finance
- Route to market
- Business growth
As Professional Business Advisor for Strategic Marketing, some of the topics they can provide support on are:
- Marketing strategy
- Audience profiling
- Communications planning
- Brand strategy and brand elevation
- Social media management
- Graphic design
- Website design
- Promotion and PR
- Copywriting/Content writing
- Search engine optimisation (SEO)
Strategic Marketing Advisor
We Are Alp help businesses across various industries achieve success through strategic marketing initiatives. Benefitting from a collective of experienced marketing professionals, they specialise in marketing strategy, brand elevation, content creation and productivity. With a passion for helping businesses grow, they provide innovative marketing solutions tailored to meet the unique objectives of each business they work with.
More than 600 businesses benefitted from the programme and have received specialist and free advice. Here are just a few of the success stories from those who benefitted.
How to get involved
Please complete the registration form below to access the Professional Business Advisors programme.