By Robert Craven, published on 8th November 2011
The Business Link is on its last legs.
I have argued for and against the service and I believe that there is still a relative lack of interest in the subject (The Truth Is No-one Seems To Care About BL). Meanwhile we hear the cries of woe from the current BL staff.
But what about the clients??? What about the small/medium/growing businesses in need of help and assistance?
Another re-organisation of the Business Support Industry puts any programmes/initiatives on hold. And the ones who suffer will be the poor clients.
Leaving aside the huge irony of a Government department trying to sort out entrepreneurship, there will still be a demand for some form of support/assistance for budding and growing businesses.
I will be the first to argue that naive, inexperienced business people need help and assistance of some form – DIY is not an option.
Consultants will crop up all over the place to accommodate the nascent need. This will be a good thing for the high-performing consultants but it will be bad for many potential clients.
People who don’t know what they don’t know will get lured into buying wonderful promises and ‘get rich quick’ schemes as unscrupulous entrepreneurs fleece them of their money (Its Free And It Can Help Your Business… Whatever!!!).
So, what next?
- All BL services go into freefall – no-one knows what is going on.
- Several hundred (ex-BL) business advisers are being let loose on the market.
- New options will appear scrabbling to fill the hole that will be left by the eventual demise of the BL.
- The Government will create a new centralised solution to local problems. (How does that work?)
Maybe the market will solve the problem before the Government has finished its consultation…