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The top business advisers in the UK

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The small business network Enterprise Nation has selected the country’s top 50 business advisers, based on feedback from fledgling businesses that used an adviser to help them build and grow a sustainable business.

The awards aim to recognise a group of people who play an essential role in supporting entrepreneurship in Britain, but rarely take any of the glory.

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

“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.”

The Government’s £30m Growth Voucher initiative, which matches SME investment in their own growth, has seen many small businesses take advantage of the opportunity to consult with a business adviser to get an independent view on their strategy and behaviours.

“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,” said Jones.

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 marketing adviser from Walthamstow
  • Jon Green, a financial adviser from Havant in Hampshire
  • Bill Fox, a small business adviser, based in Ashford in Kent

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, Industry and Skills, StartUp Loans and James Layfield, the founder and entrepreneur behind Central Working.