The scheme is offering small businesses free advice to help them recover from the impact of the Coronavirus crisis.
Many SMEs across all sectors have been significantly affected by the pandemic. Sage estimates that 77% of businesses with up to 499 employees are being forced to alter their business model and 55% of SMEs think their business has changed for the long term.
Trade and professional organisations, including QASSS, are mobilising their senior experts in the business to offer one-hour free calls to SMEs who may need advice on topics from accounting to advertising, business strategy and IT.
Enterprise Nation is providing free access to its platform until December 31st 2020 to enable SMEs to connect with a community of business advisers volunteering to help them overcome this challenging period. Through the platform, SMEs will be able to contact advisers to request a free one-hour call to ask questions and discuss actions they might take for their business.
Small Business Minister Paul Scully commented, “This advice platform will help to boost our recovery from the impact of coronavirus, giving small businesses extra support to adapt their business models and come back fighting.”
The scheme is a partnership between the Professional and Business Services Sector and Enterprise Nation, supported by BEIS (the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy). They are looking to get around 2,500 advisors initially with the aim to increase to 10,000 experts.
Ciaran Harkin, Managing Director commented, “It is crucial that people join together in common endeavour during the recovery period. At QASSS, we are delighted and proud to be supporting the project, providing expert volunteers to help advise small businesses which are the backbone of our economy.”
Ciaran Harkin has signed up as a volunteer business advisor alongside Vicky Rispin, Marketing Director, and Nisar Raja, IT Manager.
How can you sign up?
You can register on the platform for free here.
Once registered, you’ll be directed to complete a business diagnostic tool. This tool asks a series of questions and, based on how they answer them, will provide a set of clear recommendations and an action plan. The plan will include links to business advisers and recommended content. You can connect with various advisers through the Enterprise Nation platform and request a free advice call with them
How much does the recovery advice cost?
It’s a free service until 31st December 2020 for small and medium sized businesses to sign up, take the diagnostic tool and access support and one-to-one advice.
QASSS specialises in helping businesses and financial institutions working in the home improvement and renewable energy sectors. We offer a host of bespoke solutions for clients including complaint handling, risk mitigation, dispute resolution, remedial works management, IT services and more.