The M11 Corridor Business Potential
The M11 Corridor beginning in East London and running through West Essex and East Hertfordshire to Cambridgeshire, has been identified as a key location for economic and population growth.
Located in the centre of the region, Harlow has benefited from multi-million pound regeneration that is transforming many parts of the town.
A surrounding geography with exceptional travel links to London and elsewhere in the UK and an international airport make the M11 Corridor a great place to run a business. In May of 2012 BBC research found Harlow to have experienced the strongest growth in the UK for the preceeeding two years.
The changing face of business support
There’s a wealth of information available to help budding entrepreneurs and owners of emerging businesses get their venture off the ground. Banks, accountants, solicitors and a vast array of other business-related organisations offer anything from detailed formal information to general advice and helpful tips via websites, blogs and social media.
However, the sheer volume of the information can sometimes feel overwhelming. And it’s mainly one-directional with little or no opportunity to interact.
Business advisers provide that vital role between the sources of knowledge and the people who need it. Working one-to-one with business owners and managers to apply that information and know-how to best effect and develop the skills and understanding that lead to truly sustainable and profitable businesses.
The UK’s biggest business support organisation Business Link closed its advisory service in November 2011 leaving an enhanced website which is now part of www.gov.uk. Balancing this to some degree, the government’s Big Society initiative is encouraging experienced business owners to become voluntary business mentors.
Local knowledge and business expertise
Based in Harlow, Essex and established in autumn 2007, Harlow Business Mentors (HBM) was founded by local businessmen – Ian Hudson and Chris Greenhill. We have subsequently be joined by Charles Payne. We share a commitment to supporting the improving economic health of Harlow and the surrounding area.
Between us we have a wealth of practical knowledge about doing business in the town ranging from micro businesses to global corporations and spanning all three sectors. Passionate about Harlow, we are working with other agencies to help local business capitalise on the M11 Corridor expansion. An example of this is our membership of the West Essex Enterprise Group.
Free business support
Harlow Business Mentors provide bespoke business support, using mentoring, to contextualise the array of information available to those setting up or developing a business. We use a combination of workshop and mentoring techniques to work with you for to help you make informed and objective decisions about your company’s development.
We offer two free services:
- Two-hour 1:1business mentoring sessions to new and emerging businesses based in or around Harlow
- Two-hour Bitesize Business Briefing workshops
Also check out the FAQs page for more information.
In addition to the free services, we offer highly affordable online face-to-face advice and mentoring and our mentors’ own commercial services are highly regarded and provide excellent value for money.