Local Advisory Partners are firms operating in the Macclesfield area who have agreed to give free initial advice to entrepreneurs and business owners. They will offer this service once you have had an initial diagnostic meeting to identify what support you need. In order to arrange a coaching session, fill in the “Apply for Support” form and a member of the Review Panel will get back in touch to arrange your first face-to-face session.
Axon - Tim Mears
IT and Cloud Computing
Tim Mears will offer free one-to-one sessions to advise businesses on IT strategy, infrastructure and training.
Based in Macclesfield, Axon is an award-winning Microsoft Gold Partner specialising in the design, implementation and provision of business-focused end-to-end cloud computing solutions, VoIP telephony and technical support.
SAS Daniels - Nigel Read
SAS Daniels LLP are delighted to be one of Enterprising Macclesfield ‘s inaugural partners. We are a well established firm of solicitors in Macclesfield and can provide a complete range of legal services to assist entrepreneurs starting up a new business. They will provide a free initial face to face consultation at the outset followed by discounted legal fees for any future legal work.
Northern Design Collective – David Gooda
Communications & Strategy
David set up NDC in January 2005, after several years working in ad agencies in London and Manchester. Since then, he’s worked with over 300 clients on the full range of comms projects – from launching a new brand to one-off campaigns, strategic reputation reviews, exhibition and marketing collateral, academic and policy pamphlets, promotional films, magazines, web copy and ghostwriting.
NDC’s core expertise is in helping organisations tell their stories more effectively, and to more of the right people. So however that’s expressed, David is happy to offer help with articulating a clear message and marketing proposition.
Silk Partnership – Tom Rance
Tom Rance is willing to offer free one-to-one advice to discuss all elements of promotions and public relations for start-ups and small businesses. Silk Partnership have experience in a wide range of promotions both on and offline including website design and management, social media and engaging with local media.
Silk Partnership has worked with small and medium sized companies over the years running a range of promotional activities and with a grounding in life among the Macclesfield small business community.
CATsys UK - Premanand Doraiswamy
CATsys provides IT consultancy/web/cloud/agile and bespoke software development and maintenance.
Prem at CATsys is able to provide a free face-to-face initial consultation and is willing to offer unlimited email to Enterprising Macclesfield clients.
More details at www.catsys.co.uk.
Shaping Business Ltd - Ray Clarke
Sales & Marketing
Shaping Business will offer free initial advice to business owners or management teams wishing to grow their customer base and increase sales. They provide strategic sales and marketing advice coupled with operational marketing delivery capability as an outsourced marketing partner to your business.
Bale PA Services - Laura Bale
Bale PA Services provide both adhoc and ongoing admin support to sole traders, small businesses and consultants.
Laura is willing to offer two free face to face consultations.
More details at www.balepaservices.co.uk
Bennett Brooks – Gareth White
BennettBrooks provide a full range of accountancy services through their experienced, highly trained, professionals. They advise a wide range of SME businesses, from Start-ups through to well established enterprises, providing key advice throughout the life cycle of these ventures. With specialist advisors in tax, corporate finance and IT they can also provide specific guidance on technical matters as and when those situations arise e.g. in assisting with business sales and purchases or on more complex tax matters.
BennettBrooks will provide an initial consultation free of charge for clients that are referred to them via the Enterprising Macclesfield Review Panel.
Estates and Leisure – Nic Lewis
Nic Lewis is willing to offer free one-to-one advice to discuss property requirements, acquisitions and the costs involved. Also through his contacts he can put entrepreneurs and business owners in touch with property professionals and agents.
Over the years Estates and Leisure have worked closely with new and expanding companies in Macclesfield with over 100 commercial tenants in Macclesfield, varying from small one man bands to national PLCs.
Rachael Chiverton Ltd - Rachael Chiverton
Invoicing and Credit Collection
Rachael helps businesses appear more professional which will lead to more sales and more income. She helps by holding your hand with everything from writing your terms of business to training you on how to get paid withoutasking for money. She is happy to offer one or two 30 minute discussions with Enterprising Macclesfield clients to discuss their situation and offer initial advice.
Writing Point - Beverley Moore
Copywriting, content and web strategy
Beverley offers free one-to-one consultations of up to an hour to discuss how you can translate your ideas into effective messages and plan a website that works for both humans and search engine spiders.
She also runs free quarterly workshops for Enterprising Macclesfield members on related topics including Writing to Persuade, Writing for the Web, What Google Wants, and Planning for an Effective Website.
Beverley has worked with a wide variety of both new and established businesses both in the Macclesfield area and further afield.
Nova Commercial Finance - Alex Heylings
Nova Commercial Finance is an independent finance brokerage who help to match your business needs with financial solutions from across the market. Based in Macclesfield, Nova are passionate about providing support to local businesses searching for finance. Their mission is to make it fast and easy for SME’s to understand their options and source appropriate funding.
Managing Director Alex Heylings is willing to offer free one-to-one sessions to discuss finance requirements and work closely with business owners to help develop comprehensive business plans in order to secure funding.
Skyzack Ltd - Jim Tyzack
Sales and Marketing
Skyzack is a business support club helping SMEs become more visible through digital sales and marketing while providing opportunities to young people interested in getting into business for the first time. Skyzack is willing to do a free consultation each month.
More information can be found at www.skyzack.uk
Brindhurst LLP - Tim Shercliff
Strategy and Growth
Tim Shercliff will offer free initial advice to business owners or executive teams planning to create or update their strategy; needing help executing their existing strategy or wishing to accelerate their growth or customer retention. Depending on demand, he will host occasional seminars on strategy and change management topics.
Marshall Chaplin Development – Julia Marshall
HR, Learning & Organisational Development
Julia Marshall is an experienced HR professional who is able to offer free initial advice on people management issues. She can help you review existing policies and practices or help you to develop bespoke systems & processes to suit your businesses’ needs. Her areas of expertise include recruitment, on-boarding, organisational and professional development and change management.
Julia has worked in talent management and organisational development at board level in large organisations as well as managing her own SME’s. She will run occasional briefing sessions to help business leaders consider how they can make the most of their people.
Molly Morris will offer a free retail advice on a range of factors in order to help enrich your business and reach its full potential.
Her areas of expertise include making the most of the customer experience, the look of the store, and assess its profile on the high street/surrounding area (with a view to building the physical presence of the business).
Having been employed with a global high street brand for 18+ years since its early conception, she worked in retail management & support, handled the property portfolio for 2 years, international support (& property) as well as design.
Following an initial consultation Molly is available to provide further coaching with the development of your business on a flexible basis and depending on requirements.
Macclesfield College - Karl Coppack
Bespoke Business Training
Macclesfield College can help you with fully funded bespoke training programmes to improve and grow your business. The funding is provided by the European Social Fund (ESF) with training provided by Macclesfield College.
At Macclesfield College we understand that in order to grow your business in an increasingly competitive market the key is to invest your skills and in talent who can grow and thrive along with your organisation and help you achieve your future business objectives.
The wide range of training available covers all areas of business, including digital marketing, management and leadership, finance, HR, IT, hospitality, customer service and others.
Web Presence - Paul Kutschmarski
Since 2004 Web Presence has been helping local startups and national SMEs to grow their business through the delivery of cost-effective digital marketing strategies.
Boasting years of experience in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Pay-Per-Click Advertising, Social Media Marketing, Marketing Automation and Web Development, Web Presence help businesses of all sizes to improve their online visibility, enhance brand awareness and ultimately generate leads and sales on a local and national scale.
Web Presence is willing to offer free, non-jargon face-to-face consultations with Enterprising Macclesfield clients to discuss their existing online status, advise on effective strategies moving forward, and offer ongoing support.
Seven Communications Ltd - Steve Bower
IT and Website Maintenance/Problem Solving
Seven Communications provides IT maintenance contracts for businesses with IT and website issues. With over 20 years experience in building and maintaining websites, Seven Communications has a strong commitment to its clients to resolve requests urgently; usually within the same day.
The resources needed to keep on top of maintenance and problems are often beyond small organisations, and even some large companies. Seven Communications can assist with these issues, including setting up a phone or email, installing online payments, copywriting, technical problems, mobile compatibility, and SEO and PPC for company websites.
Seven Communications can offer a free initial consultation with Enterprise Macclesfield clients to help them solve and understand a specific issue they are facing with their website or IT systems.
Block 8 Digital - Anna Morrissey
Digital consultancy & bespoke software development
Block 8 are a digital agency based in Clarence Mill, Bollington. Established in August 2012 we specialise in web development and building bespoke business systems for our clients such as on-boarding systems, online booking processes and internal employee management dashboards.
We would be able to offer consultancy services for companies who may need advice on their current systems and recommendations as to how they could look to improve them.
Point Blank Digital - Darren Graham
Full Service Digital Marketing Agency
We handcraft a digital marketing strategy, based on the right marketing channels, to achieve the desired results. Marketing isn’t a one size fits process and neither should your marketing strategy.
LOVELIVE Graphics Ltd - James Gibson
Design Agency with LOVE
Established in 2010, LOVELIVE is a creative design agency based in Macclesfield. Co-director James Gibson brought with him over 20 years of experience in the industry.
LOVELIVE specialise in creative design, print, digital, events and healthcare communications. We love what we do, creating powerful design solutions for businesses of all sizes - from small start-ups to multinational corporations.
James is happy to offer one-to-one sessions to advise businesses on the best creative solutions for them and provide the support to make it happen.
Prefire Media - Laurence Stanley
Digital Marketing - Content, SEO & Social
Laurence and the team have helped businesses in some of the most competitive SEO industries to generate more revenue online. Prefire Media are willing to offer a free analysis of your website which will cover various aspects of Search Engine Otpimization and ways to improve conversion rates. Following this report, a one-hour consultation period will be offered free of charge to discuss the report in detail. They will also explain methods of improving SEO and conversion metrics, regardless of budget.
Blunts Solicitors - Teresa Skinner
Blunts are happy to offer free initial advice meetings to clients of Enterprising Macclesfield. We have a wealth of experienced staff to assist in all aspect of setting up and running a small business.
Fox Graphics Design & Marketing - Kate Fox
Graphic Design, Branding and Marketing Services
Kate is willing to offer a one-to-one meeting with Enterprising Macclesfield clients to help them on the way to establishing or enhancing their brands.