15 May 2011

Life After Business Link: Innovatenow Ltd. and Baker & Co.

Under the previous administration Business Link was the principal channel through which businesses were able to access government support. In their white paper "Local Growth - Realizing Every Place's Potential" the Coalition were quite scathing about Business Link calling its services "generalist" and "poorly targeted" though they had to admit somewhat grudgingly that some of its services were good.

Not everybody would agree that that criticism was fair. There were some good people in Business Link Yorkshire. Three of the best, Jane Hurn, Michael Kilroy and John McSweeney, have set up their own consultancy in the Huddersfield Media Centre called Innovate Now. According to their website the services they offer include
  • coaching and mentoring
  • in-depth business diagnostics and transformation
  • strategic planning, and
  • project management and implementation.
They can be reached on 01484 487983 or through their contact form. We wish them luck.

Another of my old Business Link contacts, Steve Baker, who left Business Link a while ago, is now providing a range of accountancy services to SME in Yorkshire in the name or style of Baker & Co. He is practising from Rawdon and can be reached on 0113 322 6136. He also has our best wishes.