Bill GivensBusiness, Charities, Adviser/Consultant a4bc (Advice 4 Business & Community)
30 Years track record. Business start to Plc
Free initial business review offered. Business Start/Growth & Community Support Consultant/Coach/Mentor.
30 years track record advising over 250 businesses/individuals and not for profit sector. Have run own manufacturing/retail companies and was national adviser to a major political party. Multi-skilled with extensive portfolio of business/ICT/organisational/people development projects. Including Investors In People support, business planning/start-up, funding search/application, policy and procedure development, legal compliance, change management, business development/process re-engineering, productivity/performance improvement, cost reduction, PR and marketing advice. Business ‘diagnostics’ - referral to specialist associates to for total support.
Extensive boardroom experience – small business to Plc level. Experience ranging from being market trader retailing/wholesaling own textile products to providing a Consultancy role for head office restructure of ASDA in Leeds. Was elected Chair representing the private sector for Merseyside’s £1.8 billion European funding programme. Invitee to EU Parliament, United Nations, 10/11 Downing Street, trade mission to China etc.
Client portfolio includes retail and manufacturing, web content development, green energy, recycling/environmental, NHS/private healthcare/education/social care, insurance/professional services, staff recruitment, hotel/catering, business networks, democratic institutions, not for profit sector, etc.
Recent roles include support to charity, builder, cosmetics supplier, garden centre, drugs awareness charity, Investment project(s), care sector franchising, career development etc. Also business angel sourcing/IPR/product development/patent support etc to inventor. Good global business development contacts.
- Productivity review and development.
- Business start advice – for any commercial or not for profit sector.
- Growing the business.
- Funding sources/finance or grant search and applications.
- Business planning and people planning/Investors In People approach.
- Social Enterprise and charity development/grant or funding search.
- Web content/social media strategies.
- Networking and PR/media advice.
- One stop shop advice with referrals to associate specialists: A to Z range - from Accountants to Web design.
- Expert advice on employment law and health and safety.
- New product/IPR/inventions development.
- Linkages/support with Universities and stakeholders.
My most frequently asked questions
Can you provide advice and support in developing my business/organisation ?
Can you help us provide world class client/customer care service ?
Can you advise us on developing a business plan and can you help us secure funding ?
Can you help me produce a web-site and develop social media ?
Can you assist with training and development of our team/board members ?
- Early stage - pre revenue
- Existing with 2+ years of strong revenue growth
- Early stage - with revenue
- Reorganisation / Phoenix
- Established with 2+ years revenue
- Pre Start-Up
- Business Strategy and Planning
- Legal, Insurance & Property
- People & Operations
- Accountancy Services
- Sales & Marketing
- Budgeting & Cashflow
- Business & Organisation Development
- Business Advisory
- Business Agility
- Business Mentoring
- Business Optimisation
- Business Plans
- Employment Advice
- Family Businesses
- Human Resources
- IP, Patent & Trademarks
- Legal - Personal
- Non Exec Director
- Product Development
- Strategic Planning
- Training & Development
- Advertising / Marketing & PR
- Charity / Not for Profit
- Digital, Creative inc Apps
- Energy / Power
- Facilities Management
- Food & Drink
- Leisure & Travel
- Professional Services
- Property & Construction
- Social Enterprise
- Storage & Distribution
Bill provided great advice and support in my business start-up over six years ago and continues to assist me to this day in my business expansion strategy across the UK and into Europe. Would highly recommend Bill to any new or growing businesses seeking expert advice. He is reliable, pro active, and a great listener.
Bill is a very professional individual. He puts 110% into your business. He really helped us start up from the very start of preparing our business plan to attending meetings at the bank and with potential investors. I can't recommend Bill enough.
Bill helped me set my company up in 1999 via the princess trust and Link. I have no doubt he gave me the best possible advice to succeed early on, so much so that I re-sort his advice some 12 years later and he is always available to help me with decisions within my company. Also a true gent who understands values and integrity.
I have recently worked with Bill in supporting a new business start up. He has a vast wealth of experience to pass on to the fledgling company. He is committed to the task in hand, enthuses the team and brought an indepth knowledge of the environment required to foster business growth.
Bill helped the Angelus Foundation at a key point in its life. He brought connections and strategic planning expertise to enable a small charity with big ambitions to realise its aims. He was always generous with his time and ideas and sensitive enough to deal with complicated dynamics.