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Business News for 5th January 2009 :: Business Link announces voucher scheme to aid business survival in 2009

Business Link has today announced a £500 voucher scheme to support East of England businesses through the economic downturn. Redeemable in exchange for consultancy services, this voucher complements the existing package of help available from Business Link that includes free confidential business health checks, one-to-one specialist advice and skills workshops.

Pat Smith, Chief Executive of Business Link in the East of England, said:

“Our experience of the past few months has told us that, having undergone a business ‘health check’ with one of our advisers, what clients want is help from experts in areas such insolvency, marketing, tax and liquidation. So that’s exactly what these vouchers do: enable clients to buy the services they need from suppliers on our supplier brokerage database.

“With the current downturn in the economy, thought has been given to how we can flex our resources to assist businesses through the recession. These vouchers are just one response to this and part of a larger package of support available to help businesses survive the challenging year ahead.”

Businesses that have been trading for over 12 months are eligible for the voucher. Following an online or face-to-face ‘health check’ with a Business Link adviser, an action plan will be discussed and agreed with the business detailing areas where additional support is required. Using Business Link’s supplier brokerage database, the adviser will suggest up to three suppliers who may be able to meet the client’s needs in the areas identified. It is with these suppliers, who have been accepted to be part of the scheme, that the voucher can be redeemed, up to a maximum of £500.

Contact Business Link on 08457 17 16 15 or email healthcheck@businesslinkeast.org.uk for further information.

Or call me to discuss – if you are already a supplier you might like to discuss this with your clients in the region. If you have a particular problem where you need consultancy help of the sort provided by our suppliers, why not call/mail as above to find out more. Our system should prompt a referral to me anyway.

Best regards and best of luck for 2009

Stephen Herman

Business Adviser

Business Link

Phone: 0845 641 9820

Mobile: 07825 189263

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