News: New source of business support for mums

Small businesses concerned about where to turn to for business advice as Business Link unravels may soon benefit from a new online service offering advice given by specialist, qualified business advisors.The new service,, is the latest development by online consultant marketplace Skillfair, which represents some 10,000 UK consultants and freelancers. Its aim is to plug the gap left by the uncertainty surrounding Business Link and to offer access to advice from vetted, qualified business advisors online. is currently under development and working through a consultation period with start-ups and growing businesses to ensure optimum effectiveness of the site. plans to go live in February 2011. founder Gill Hunt commented: ‘We have been working with specialist consultants for many years now and have seen the need for tailored advice in the start-up and small business sector grow significantly. Feedback from our members has indicated that the advice offered by Business Link has, on the whole, not been specialist enough and now there is even uncertainty as to whether this service will even continue. The time is right for a specialist, quality, advice service that new and growing businesses can tap into, safe in the knowledge that the advisors have had a degree of vetting and quality checks.’

Further information about the new service and its development are available on the helpmenow blog.

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