Worcestershire company helps hundreds of regional business leaders navigate COVID-19

BizSmart Elevate

A leading Worcestershire business support company has doubled its client base, after helping 100’s of regional business owners navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Founded in 2012 by entrepreneur, Kevin Brent, when lockdown began, BizSmart transferred all support services online with the use of video conferencing tool, Zoom. Since then Kevin, and his team of experienced business coaches, have doubled the number of attendees to its ScaleUp Club, Smart90 Club, and SmartBoards in six months, demonstrating an increased demand for peer-to-peer interaction and business support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ScaleUp Club, an online monthly meeting that allows business leaders to discuss and resolve current challenges with groups of like-minded peers, consistently welcomes in excess of 40 local business owners; a figure replicated for the BizSmart®Business Future resilience webinars.

The business support provider’s most recent Smart90 day planning workshop supported more than 70 delegates in 19 breakout rooms, enabling them to outline strategic objectives to navigate through the final, challenging quarter of 2020.

Kevin  said: “I founded BizSmart eight years ago to deliver cost-effective initiatives that would add real value for business owners; enabling them to tackle challenges and learn from like-minded individuals, whilst helping them to achieve their objectives and scale growth.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has proved incredibly challenging for business owners across the region and the BizSmart team moved more of our monthly services online, so we could deliver the same standard of support to those working remotely.

“Not only have our activities like ScaleUp Club proved valuable in connecting and creating a community of like-minded and even struggling business owners, but the use of technology has enabled us to welcome and support a large number of new business leaders, ensuring we can deliver vital support during this challenging time, whilst enabling us to drive our own growth.”

BizSmart was appointed by Worcestershire County Council in early 2020 to deliver the ‘Elevate’ programme, designed to help regional SMEs identify challenges and scale growth. Its Scaleup Radio podcast has also reached an audience in excess of 7,000.