THE new boss of Suffolk’s enterprise agency, Menta, sees a growing role for it as the Government reshuffles business support quangos.
Alex Tillpictured right, joined Bury St Edmunds-based Menta as chief executive on Monday but has worked in the field for 15 years with Business Link, Suffolk Development Agency and Suffolk County Council.
He joins as the East of England Development Agency is closing, Business Link is becoming web based and Suffolk and Norfolk enterprise partnerships merge.
But he says: “Menta will be able to offer a significant amount of value, particularly as the current economic climate is making more people think of self-employment. That’s where Menta can help with one-to-one advice and workshops.
“I want to increase the quality and amount of services we offer people starting a business.”
Menta offers advice and runs business-to-business events ranging from networking coffee mornings to its trade fair at Ickworth House on September 13 with 50 stands.
Mr Till believes home grown firms should not be undervalued. He said: “They’ll work with the local community and support people they know. They will stay local and the money will stay local.”
He says the greatest need for new starters is someone to talk to about the viability of their idea. “We often find people with a good nugget to start a business but they don’t know what running a business means,” he said. “They often fail not because it was a poor idea, but because they haven’t understood what a business is about.”
He says the first step is often to find out what training people have. “Often a spouse will have the willingness to do the books and support their partner, but the skills aren’t there,” he said.
Menta can is at 0800 0855090 or www.menta.org.uk