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Start-ups’ one stop for vouchers

Emma Jones at Go Global

Emma Jones at Go Global

A small business network has been selected to deliver the Government’s £30m Growth Voucher marketplace.

Enterprise Nation, a small business itself, successfully competed for the opportunity to work with Government to build, market and administer the on-line marketplace, which will connect small businesses with business experts.

The new service will be developed without any public sector funding and will be free for small business to use.

The single platform will make it much easier for businesses to find providers of strategic advice on key topics such as financial management, recruitment, leadership skills, sales and marketing, and digital technology. Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation and co-founder of national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain (pictured) said: “This is an exciting initiative which could help accelerate the growth of thousands of small businesses at a critical stage of development - helping them to build long-term sustainability.

“At the moment, access to business advice is sporadic and highly variable with no means available to help businesses differentiate the good from bad.

“We want to address this by building a service that establishes suppliers’ credentials to offer advice from the outset and then continually seeks feedback on the quality of those services for everyone to see.”

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