A new foundation to offer business advice in Swindon is being launched to plug the gap left by the withdrawal of Business Link services.
The Business Foundation and Enterprise Scheme will launch in September, and is available for new businesses, those seeking to grow, or any needing expert advice.
Sponsored by Swindon-based Banks Chartered Accountants, the foundation will be run by former Business Link adviser Keith Farmer (pictured top right), who was with the Government-funded agency for 13 years following a 30-year career in banking.
Keith and Banks Chartered Accountants director Richard Mathews (pictured bottom right) came up with the idea after Government-funding for Business Link was withdrawn, resulting in most of its services being axed.
?“There is a real need for business advice in Swindon to help the local economy,” said Richard. “We’re not doing this as a money-making exercise, and the nominal fee for the advice sessions is just to cover our costs. Keith has all the expertise following his career in banking and Business Link and we wanted to offer that up to Swindon businesses and those just starting up.”
The Business Foundation and Enterprise Scheme will offer two levels of advice: Tuesday half-day training courses on business basics, including legal structures, marketing, finance, business planning and cash flow; Wednesday one-to-one sessions with Keith, for bespoke business advice. Businesses can opt for either or both sessions, which will be held at Banks Chartered Accountants’ offices in Devizes Road, Old Town.
Keith said: “We’re working closely with the Job Centre and the banks so people running or starting up new businesses will find out about the new scheme. Since Business Link has virtually disappeared there’s nothing in its place to help the local economy.”
The Foundation will be launched at the beginning of September and is already open for bookings. For more information, or to book, contact Shelly Hacker, of Banks Chartered Accountants, on 01793 616284.