I keep reading that a big part of business support going forward in the UK is going online. We can thank Doug Richards for this!? If he and the rest of his followers think the answers to assisting entrepreneurial talent lies in a web site then they are so wrong! Whist it has a role to play in access to information – real support only comes from peer-to-peer interaction, coaching and mentoring from individuals who have been there, done it and have the “licence” to advise. Numerous research studies have proved this as does common sense.
The real way to move ambitious entrepreneurs up the ladder of success is through tailored face to face advice. When you are growing a company or trying to keep one going, it can be one hell of a lonely place to be – it’s as much the emotional support as it is business advice. Making a step change invariably means the need to maintain a positive mindset, to be brave and mentally tough. You cant do this with a website.