Personal business advisers provide independent advice to small and medium-sized businesses. They analyse their customers' businesses to gain a full understanding of how they are performing and their future potential. They identify which support and specialist services the businesses require and recommend appropriate suppliers.
Business advisers will investigate competitors, develop performance indicators and help the business arrive at a business plan. They may look at costs, productivity and processes, and develop feasible solutions. They are also likely to advise on expanding new markets, structuring sales activity and marketing strategies.
Business advisers may specialise in a number of areas which may include:
Advisers may be self-employed or work for business enterprise initiatives, such as Business Link in England, Business Eye in Wales or within Scottish Enterprise’s network of local enterprise companies. They may actively seek a range of local businesses to work with in order to develop their businesses.
A personal business adviser normally works 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, although some evening or weekend work is often required.
The majority of work is indoors in the business adviser’s office, or at the premises of customers and service providers. Some travel is required. A driving licence is useful.
A personal business adviser should:
Though there are not set entry requirements, experience is key for this role. Running your own business and a great portfolio that demonstrates your business management ability will take you a long way.
Personal business advisers are either employed or self-employed under contract with the local Business Link in England, Business Eye in Wales or within Scottish Enterprise's network of local economic centres.
There are opportunities for promotion to team manager or to become a specialist consultant.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a personal business adviser that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Business Eye Wales
Tel: 08457 969798
Tel: 0845 607 8787