08 May Meet the Team
First up Alan…
Alan Smith is one of our Somerset Business Advisors delivering the Growth Support programme. A former Business Development manager with 30 years in the retail and hospitality industry. Alan is usually spotted out and about covering West Somerset, Sedgemoor and Mendip. He also delivers workshops across the region and at our Somerset Enterprise Centres.
Here’s some info about Alan and the person behind the friendly face!
“I worked in retail for 14 years, helping independent retailers across the whole South West grow their business, and focusing on making them fit for the future. I was also a pub landlord for 4 years, so the licensed trade is an area I know very well. These are difficult trading times for pubs and independent restaurants, so I am keen to offer expertise in this area.
I can advise on all aspects of business growth from business planning, looking at finances and accounting, saving costs, and I’ve developed a solid knowledge of social media and how to use it for the benefit of your business.
Currently I live outside Cullompton in Devon, but I have lived in the South West all my life, and I am passionate about the area. I have a long-term partner, Karen who is self-employed, and between us we have two kids and a dog! I am a keen follower of most sports, and I do a lot of cycling to try and keep fit. I’m also an avid book-reader, and I have pretty extensive musical tastes – which I’ve put to good use by being a contestant on Ken Bruce’s PopMaster on BBC Radio 2!
The one piece of advice I’d give to businesses right now is, there is a lot of free support available for small Businesses – USE IT! Impartial advice is invaluable.”
Find out more about the ERDF Growth Support Programme Alan delivers, and how you could receive 12 hours of funded business support at;