June 11, 2012 Leave a comment
The accountancy body ICAEW has recently launched a new Business Advice Service to promote the use of ICAEW Chartered Accountants to businesses. Under the scheme the network of 3,200 offices of ICAEW firms throughout the country who currently participate in the Business Advice service offer SMEs and start-ups an initial, free, no-obligation meeting to discuss their business needs.
As business startups are now increasingly a key post-retirement or redundancy option for older people who want to continue working, this is interesting news. Evidence shows that those who take (and act on) advice prior to setting up a business and work with trusted advisors throughout are more likely to succeed.
Later this month, from June 25 to 29, the organisation is hosting a Business Advice Week, providing a range of free events, seminars and conferences. Topics will include access to finance, initial start-up advice and planning growth. There will also be extensive opportunities to network with business owners and meet local advisers, banks and other local business organisations.
Further details about events in each region can be found at the ICAEW website: http://www.icaew.com/en/about-icaew/what-we-do/act-in-the-public-interest/policy/enterprise/icaew-business-advice-service/bas-week-events