The next steps to­wards busi­ness sur­vival

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS -

NEXT Steps Busi­ness Suc­cess (NSBS) – a joint ven­ture be­tween dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions agency Olsen Part­ner­ship and man­age­ment con­sul­tancy Colin Grant As­so­ciates – has been set up to en­sure the sur­vival of small busi­nesses in the re­gion.

It is es­ti­mated that more than three quar­ters of new busi­nesses fail in the first few years be­cause they do not plan or seek the right ad­vice, and fol­low­ing the clo­sure of lo­cal Busi­ness Link, other than as a tele­phone sup­port line, wouldbe en­trepreneurs have lost a vi­tal life­line to help them launch their new busi­ness.

Next Steps Busi­ness Suc­cess, cur­rently based in Peter­bor­ough, Stam­ford and Cam­bridge, aims to re­duce this fig­ure sig­nif­i­cantly by of­fer­ing es­sen­tial ad­vice and guid­ance to help lo­cal small busi­nesses and so­cial en­ter­prises suc­ceed in the early days.

The ini­tial

con­sul­ta­tion is free and in­cludes a short­term ac­tion plan plus a 30-day tele­phone or email sup­port line (dur­ing of­fice hours) post the con­sul­ta­tion to help in­di­vid­u­als keep their ac­tion plan on track.

Colin Grant said: “In­di­vid­u­als who have strug­gled to find full-time em­ploy­ment in this cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate are en­cour­aged to con­sider set­ting up their own busi­ness and while this may ap­pear daunt­ing, with our help and guid­ance this dream could be­come a re­al­ity.”

Richard Olsen, man­ag­ing part­ner of the new ven­ture, added: “Our team of ex­pe­ri­enced small busi­ness ad­vi­sors will help in­di­vid­u­als es­tab­lish whether there is a mar­ket for their busi­ness idea and iden­tify their cus­tomer base as well as how to de­velop a brand, man­age their money and cre­ate a busi­ness plan.”

For a free, no obli­ga­tion con­sul­ta­tion, call 01733 302611 or email: Richard@nxtsteps. co.uk or Colin@nxtsteps.co.uk

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