Top 50

Small business network Enterprise Nation asked businesses to nominate an adviser that had helped them to build and grow a sustainable business.

The awards, which set out to highlight the work done behind the scenes by experts helping Britain’s army of small businesses to build and grow, revealed a rich vein of dedicated supporters for the UK’s expanding entrepreneurial culture.

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.

“Thanks to the Government’s £30m Growth Voucher initiative, there is now an increasing interest in taking strategic advice to overcome some of these behavioural barriers and unlock growth potential.

“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.”

The 50 advisers were chosen from hundreds of entries from around the UK

Alison said: “I’m delighted to have been chosen as one of the top ten. The most common mistake I see is not to put a sales strategy in place. It is very important to dedicate time to sell your product or service, if you do not sell, you do not have a business. I work with clients not only to put together a short, mid and long term strategy but a sales process strategy of how to access people who make decisions to buy, and what to say when they meet them.”

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, Innovation and SkillsStartUp Loans and James Layfield, the founder and entrepreneur behind Central Working.

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Top 50 Business Advisers

Clive Bonny

Adrian Ashton

Alison Edgar

Brett Laniosh

Clive Ozzerd

Harold Sharples

Jerry Davison

Laura Morris

Martin Norbury

Nick Bettes

Paul Waite

Richard Tidswell

Sarah Orchard

Warren Knight

Adrian Holdstock

Anne-Marie Hartill

Carol Lewis

Daryl Woodhouse

James Robson

Jo Sealy

Lizanne Jakobs

Martyn Benson

Nigel Davies

Philip Dyer

Rob Thomas

Sophie Jewry

Zufilgar Deo

Alan Adams

Arsim Shillova

Charles Smee

David Dugdale

Janet Bebb

Jon Green

Louise Moger

Michelle McCalden

Paul Bailey

Philip Ely

Simon Williamson

Stephen Houston

Alex Ashby

Bill Fox

Frank Vitetta

Jayne Smith

Kieron O’Toole

Martin Horton

Michelle Safo

Paul Norton

Quentin Pain

Sapphire Gray

Vanessa Lanham