We continue to receive a great deal of contact from people looking to speak to someone for advice when starting or running a small business. In the first quarter of this year alone, our staff team dealt with nearly 500 enquiries from those looking for business support, advice and training for their start up or established small business.

We liaise with the individual to determine where in the country their current or future business is based, to identity and signpost to the appropriate NEN member or associate that covers that area. We’re pleased to have been able to signpost enquiries to members and associates all over the country in the 259 telephone calls and 222 emails received in the first three months of the year.

Here’s this quarter’s top ten most referred to agencies:

1. East London Small Business Centre
2. Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
3. Business Enterprise Support Limited
4. Nwes
5. Bolton Business Ventures
6. Centa Business Services
7. South East Enterprise
8. Business Extra
9. Wenta
10. Joint position for Enterprise First and Let’s Do Business Group

We’ll continue to monitor activity in this area and it will be interesting to see what the next quarter brings.

Enquires are also supported through our new online directory with the functionality to search for an NEN enterprise support organisation by English region or from a drop down list of local authority areas.

The directory was officially launched in a recent press release which you can access here.