businesses are more likely to succeed if they seek and act upon the advice of a professional business adviser. This page should point you in the right direction.
"You don't know, what you don't know" is a great saying and so applicable to starting a business. There are so many considerations in the early stages that taking advice from an experienced business adviser will dramatically increase your chances of success.
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Business Enterprise Support (BES) as a social enterprise, are a non-profit organisation aiming to help people, of all backgrounds, to become self-employed.
Weve been established since 1983 so we know a thing or two about the vital information people need when starting any new business. Weve helped everyone from gardeners to computer programmers; from artists to plumbers; from cleaners to photographers. Weve helped them all. We understand that every business is different. Thats why we treat all our clients as individuals. Youll have questions and concerns that are unique to your idea; our experienced enterprise coaches and business mentors will be able to provide you with support that is tailored to your own needs.
Our experienced team will be able to answer your questions directly or signpost you to the appropriate specialist organisations for more specific queries you may have. In addition to the support from our coaches and mentors, youll also meet with other entrepreneurs going through the same journey into self-employment. Youll be able to network with each other at the group workshops and also use our exclusive online forums to chat and share with each other too.
Our support doesnt end when you start your new business either. We organise exclusive networking events for our members and run special masterclasses covering more specific areas of running a business, such as social media and managing public relations.
We appreciate that the first few months of being self-employed are the most important and also the most stressful. Preparation and planning are key to your new business success. We can show you what to expect and give you the skills required to have the confidence to succeed, ensuring you cover all bases before you start trading.
All you need to access our service is passion and drive.
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business planning and how business support organisations can help you, we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.