18th March, 2015 No Comments
As the National Enterprise Network, the unique membership body who represents those working in the enterprise support sector across England, we know that working in the enterprise support sector isn’t just a job, it’s a vocation. The sector has a tendency to capture people’s hearts. There is a commitment to encouraging people and supporting small businesses across the county.
With the belief that our members are crucial to England’s economic growth, the National Enterprise Network will support their work by representing their interests and by promoting the results they achieve, thereby connecting them with opportunities for even greater success.
We acknowledge that the enterprise support sector requires real dedication from those involved, together with a strong desire to impact upon the lives of the individuals and businesses they support. Enterprise support professionals really do love what they do – they believe in enterprise, are passionate about entrepreneurship, and are clear on the value of business support. As independent, not for profit organisations, they are proud to maintain a strong social ethos – a belief embedded to the core.
It wasn’t a surprise, therefore, to receive the news that two of the enterprise support organisations in our membership were ranked as the UK’s best employers in this year’s Sunday Times ‘100 Best Not-for-Profit Companies’ awards.
Nwes and Business West are both long standing agencies, NEN Quality Assured Members, and partners in the Cavendish Consortium. Their services include business support, advice and training, and they both offer premises on easy term agreements for businesses in their regions.
The two organisations were announced alongside all other winners at a ceremony in London in February this year. Nwes in Norwich was ranked 17th in the Top 100 Not-for-Profit Best Companies to Work For in the UK, and also received the Comic Relief Special Award for ‘Giving Something Back’ to the community. Business West in Bristol was ranked 80th – coming in the top three for the South West region specifically.
Candidates were judged on a number of criteria including employees’ views on the company’s leadership; their manager and team; their personal growth opportunities; giving back to society and the local community; and pay and benefits.
There is an overall focus on those companies which invest in the wellbeing and motivation of their employees, and we are delighted that two of our members have been recognised in this way. Enterprise support professionals are driven to help their clients and work hard together as a team, often in challenging circumstances, in order to do so.
We appreciate how unique our network is and the importance of the role our members have in their communities, and are delighted that the sector has been recognised in these national awards.
Our wholehearted congratulations to Nwes and Business West!
Posted by Dawn Whiteley, Chief Executive, National Enterprise Network
23rd January, 2015 No Comments
As a small or medium business owner, where would you be without your business?
More importantly, where would your business be without you? The answer to which, no doubt, takes you back to the first question, ‘where would you be without your business?’
Many business owners tend to forget that their business reflects their own expertise and ability. The business is built upon their own knowledge and skills. Therefore, it is logical to conclude that by improving, building upon, and expanding the skills, expertise, and ability of the business owner, the business itself will improve, expand, and have a stronger foundation upon which to grow.
“Going it alone is an admirable but foolhardy and highly flawed approach to taking on the world.” Richard Branson, founder of Virgin
By accessing the services of The Cavendish Consortium group, you, as a small to medium business owner, can develop your business understanding and expertise. The Consortium sees the coming together of six of the largest enterprise agencies in England, each with over 30 years experience. These six agencies are among the most prominent not-for-profit social enterprises in the country.
Working in close partnership with a variety of organisations from the private, public and third sectors, The Cavendish Consortium has a revered reputation for achieving excellent results in business enterprise. Together with the National Enterprise Network, the Consortium partners are longstanding members of the business support community, being highly respected for their independent and impartial advice, and their impeccable moral integrity.
The services provided by Consortium members include financial advice, business planning, grant applications, training, advice on expanding overseas, networking solutions, and office space. As regional organisations themselves, each of the members has specific and invaluable knowledge of business sectors and needs in each region across England.
The important step for you as a business owner is to accept that you can actually benefit from some advice and help.
Richard Branson admits to having had help, advice and support along the way. In his book he writes,
“What do Larry Page, Steve Jobs and yours truly have in common? We’ve all received guidance from mentors. Yes, even the famously individually-minded Apple Founder got by with a little help, advice and support from time to time. No matter who you are, where you’ve come from, or what you have achieved, a good mentor is an invaluable asset in business…” (extract from ‘The Virgin Way’)
As mentors, the Cavendish Consortium partners make an invaluable asset to any business. Each has a proven track record in delivering help and advice to thousands of businesses across England.
So …… are you ready to accept that you and your business will benefit from the services offered by the Cavendish Consortium?
Written by Davina Young @ Nwes
Find out more and access the services in your region via:
For over 30 years BBV has delivered across North West England business support and enterprise contracts through a dedicated team of professional and highly skilled business advisers and mentors.
As the largest membership organisation in the South West, we represent and work with 16,000 businesses, providing a range of advice and support services from how to start, develop and grow your business to expanding overseas as well as flexible workspaces and prestigious conference facilities.
Since 1981 Enterprise First has been helping people start their own business and develop their existing enterprises across the South East of England.
The award winning NBV Enterprise Solutions Ltd (NBV) has been supporting enterprise in the East Midlands for over 30 years. NBV’s success as a business support organisation has been built on a culture of openness, enterprise and innovation.
For over 30 years Nwes has been helping new businesses to start up, thrive and survive across East Anglia.
TEDCO Business Support helps businesses to start up and grow across the North East of England. We have an experienced and diverse team of business advisers offering business advice, access to finance and access to key networks and contacts.
National Enterprise Network is a unique membership body representing those working in the enterprise support sector across England and we believe our members are crucial to England’s economic growth.
15th January, 2015 No Comments
Through the Ready for Business programme, many budding new entrepreneurs are making their dreams a reality and starting their own business. Maria Harris from Chesterfield is one such entrepreneur, who started her business with the help of NBV Enterprise Solutions Ltd (NBV), based in the East Midlands.
Maria has a background in music retail, working for big names like Beggars Banquet and Virgin Retail, plus a degree in Radio, Film & Television Studies, and made the decision to play her part in the vinyl revolution by setting up Tallbird Records.
Maria explained “I started my own business because, quite frankly, I was a bored housewife who had a dream of owning and running a record shop.” This led to Maria doing some internet research on setting up a business, where she found NBV. “I only attended a one-day seminar about starting a business, but it was there that I was introduced to my NBV Business Adviser, Anna Sywyj, who became such a support to me” said Maria. “She was the one person I could discuss my business planning concerns with; she was also someone to kick ideas around with and an invaluable source of advice about the logistics of starting a new business.”
Maria opened her shop in October 2013.
“My claim to fame is that Tallbird Records is currently the only record shop in Chesterfield!”
“I’m proud to offer a great range of products, alongside first-rate customer service. I also make a profit, which of course is the really important bit!”
There have of course been the inevitable highs and lows to navigate. Maria said “The high point of opening the business for me has been the incredible positivity and genuine warmth from those who have visited the shop, some of whom have become regular customers. I have had days when my takings have been down, but on the whole, there have been many more highs than lows.”
NBV Business Adviser, Anna, added, “Maria had a sound business plan when we met; she just needed a steer in the right direction. She has now developed a successful enterprise, which is based on her passion for music. It has been such a joy to see her confidence grow as a direct result of opening and growing her business. When you visit the shop, it’s clear to see that customers really value Maria’s knowledge and the excellent customer service that she provides. I am also really pleased that the business is exceeding its initial financial projections. Maria has adapted and tweaked the business to meet the demands of her record-buying public; she’s also added to her new product ranges to ensure she stays one step ahead of the game.”
The future is bright for Maria and Tallbird Records. Summarising her experience of Ready for Business with NBV, Maria concluded “I would advise anyone wanting to move on from business start-up, to contact NBV and make the most of the services and support on offer. I’ve just taken on a part time member of staff and am looking forward to offering the same great service, on a slightly grander scale. I’m also exploring setting up an online shop, further marketing of the business and long-term, even a move to slightly larger premises. My turnover is also growing; who knows where I’ll be in another year’s time!”
If you would like to follow in Maria’s footsteps and start your own business, contact your local enterprise agency within the Cavendish Consortium partnership.