• HM Gov
  • BIG
  • CDC
  • EURF
Funding for business development projects in Cornwall
  • HM Gov
  • BIG
  • CDC
  • EURF
Funding for busines development projects in Cornwall

The value of an outside perspective on your business

BIG Productivity Advanced Advisory Service - totally free business consultancy, tailored to your needs.

For many small and medium-sized business owners, juggling the day-to-day pressures of running a business can mean that they never feel able to pause, draw breath, and simply take stock of where they are and what they’re doing.

The pandemic has brought added pressures because most businesses have had to adapt to new ways of working, whether that’s how they manage their staff, customers, suppliers or sales.

For owner-managers in particular, those pressures can soon mount up. And if you’re wearing a number of hats all at once – like finance, HR, marketing and sales – it’s no surprise that many people just run out of bandwidth and don’t have capacity to take on more.

When that happens one of the first casualties is almost always innovation. If you’re so pressed doing the day job – or several jobs – simply to keep the wheels on the train, there’s not going to be much room for problem-solving, fresh thinking and new ideas.

Or maybe you have spotted a great opportunity for your business, or a way of doing things better, but you just don’t have the time or maybe the expertise to take it forward.

That’s when an outside view can be helpful because bringing someone in who can look at your business from a clear and unbiased perspective is sometimes all you need to see the wood for the trees.

At BIG Productivity, our Advanced Advisory Service does just that. We provide 12 hours of totally free business consultancy, tailored to your needs. We work with a team of qualified consultants with relevant sector experience, to help your business in a variety of ways.

That might be developing a new product or service, making your business more efficient and productive, support for professional development, identifying funding opportunities or diversifying into new markets in order to grow.

And if 12 hours sounds like a lot, don’t worry, it’s the consultant that does most of the work, not you, freeing you to get on with the day job.

The benefits of bringing in an external consultant are many. At the Advanced Advisory Service, our team can add specialist knowledge and expertise to your business, and bring fresh approaches and new ideas, ultimately saving you time and in many cases, money.

It’s about being a critical friend too, challenging assumptions in an objective way, without being adversarial. And above all, it’s about being focused on results, because the whole point of the service is to have a significant and lasting positive impact on the performance of your business.

If that sounds like something that you’d like to explore then email us at BIGTeam@cornwalldevelopmentcompany.co.uk or call 01872 322368.

Advanced Advisory Service is part of BIG Productivity, the £3.15m investment programme for small and medium businesses operating in Cornwall. BIG Productivity is financed by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by Cornwall Development Company.

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