How accountants can benefit from the expanding Enterprise Nation Marketplace.
The government’s growth vouchers programme is slowly winding down with applications having closed on 31 March, and the final vouchers currently being claimed.
Looking to the future, the Enterprise Nation Marketplace is ramping up, with some exciting new plans and developments are about to come into effect.
The Marketplace is now home to over 12,500 business advisers, professionals, coaches and mentors, with over 1000 advisers added in the last month. The vision is for the Enterprise Nation Marketplace to be the destination for small businesses to find talent and expertise across all sectors.
Here, we take a look at some current developments and future opportunities.
Enterprise vouchers Enterprise Nation has proposed a new scheme to fill the gap that Growth Vouchers will leave for small businesses looking to access strategic advice. The campaign calls for closed account energy cash to fund Enterprise Vouchers for small firms.
Attracting site visitors Whilst continuing to signpost the Enterprise Nation Community of over 70,000 small businesses to the Marketplace to find advice, Enterprise Nation is working with complimentary communities such as the StartUp Loans Company with a community of over 26,000 small businesses – directing them to find advisers, coaches and professionals on the Marketplace.
We will continue to create alliances and partnerships to drive potential clients and small businesses to the Marketplace – and therefore to accountants and advisers just like you.
Regional opportunities Working with local councils to deliver business support in the regions, a first project in Barnsley sees Enterprise Nation delivering an opportunity for local advisers to work with ecommerce entrepreneurs.
Further projects are set to follow and represent an opportunity for advisers on the Marketplace to secure work in training and/or advising. All regional and local opportunities will be promoted in the weekly Enterprise Nation Marketplace Newsletter.
Marketplace functionality There will be improvements made and new technical functionalities added to the Marketplace this summer. New categories will be added to the Marketplace to offer site visitors the ability to find an adviser across all business sectors. Advisers will also be able to feature in more than one category to ensure that you are listed in exactly the right places for potential clients to find you (expected in late summer).
A jobs board will be added for site visitors to upload new contracts and jobs. Advisers will have the ability to direct message potential clients to discuss and/or bid for the job.