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Business adviser

Alternative titles for this job include Business consultant, enterprise adviser, business coach

Business advisers give advice and support to new business start-ups and help established businesses to grow.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£45,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends attending events or appointments

How to become

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How to become a business adviser

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations


You could do a foundation degree or degree in:

  • business management
  • business enterprise
  • marketing
  • project management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You can start by doing a junior management consultant higher apprenticeship.

This typically takes 24 months to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You can apply directly to employers if you've got proven experience like running your own company, or working in management, finance or human resources.

You'll need to show a wide range of skills, including marketing, finance, planning and project management. You'll also need to be good at building a network of contacts.

Other Routes

You could develop your knowledge and skills by doing business support and mentoring qualifications, for example, like those offered by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative.

Qualifications include:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Coaching
  • Level 3 Award in Enterprise Mentoring
  • Level 5 Certificate in Professional Business and Enterprise Support Services

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Career tips

You can use online social media sites, like LinkedIn, to promote yourself, build up your network and display recommendations from colleagues and clients.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about working in business advice from GOV.UK and your local Growth Hub.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • business management skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of training and the ability to design courses
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of human resources and employment law
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need professional indemnity insurance.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to day duties you could:

  • assess clients' business ideas to see if they have potential
  • help clients to develop business plans
  • advise on sources of finance and grants
  • do research on behalf of a business
  • give business improvement advice like how to reduce costs or increase sales
  • network with the business community and enterprise organisations
  • run advice workshops and seminars
  • offer personalised business coaching sessions

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could be employed by a local business support organisation.

You could also get involved with community or social enterprises and charities that support business start ups, or do freelance work.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Gateway L2 award exploring enterprise

  • Start date: 19 April 2022
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  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Great Yarmouth

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