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Business Adviser

Business Adviser

North Kesteven District Council offers the services of Business Support Adviser, Phil Means.

Phil Means was previously the Business Link Skills Coordinator for Lincolnshire and Rutland and before joining, Phil worked in retail management with companies such as Sainsbury’s and Homebase. He has an ILM Level 5 in Business Skills and holds experience in the financial service industry working in both the corporate finance and investment markets.

Phil can assist your business with the following services:

  • Start-up Advice
  • Business Planning
  • Grants and Funding
  • Development and Skills
  • Sales and Marketing

To get in touch or for more information, see Phil’s contact details on the Our Team page.



Life After Lockdown?

For businesses that are closed or have restricted trading due to the lockdown, now is the time to be revising your business plan and assessing what actions your need to take, to hit the ground running when we can open our doors again. Also consider what you can do prior to the end of lockdown, to enhance your business offer now and in the case of any further lockdown.

Lockdown Considerations

Do you have an online presence where your customers can contact you? Is your website up to date with all the relevant information? Can your customers still buy from you?

Are your products and services still relevant? Do you need to improve your product range or adapt your services to suit the situation? Can you sell through different channels, Amazon, Ebay or Facebook for example?

Do you have the vision and skills to adapt and implement changes to your business? What are the costs involved? Where can you go for advice and support?

Post Lockdown Considerations

Is your business premises ready for the customer? Clean, with sufficient stock and with all the necessary Covid 19 safety precautions? Is your marketing up to date and encouraging your customers to revisit when you open?

Do you think your customers will return after lockdown and in similar numbers? What will any shortfall mean to the viability of the business and what can be done to mitigate any loses. Will special offers bring in the crowds?

How will any new processes be incorporated with reopening your business to the public? What changes will you have to make? Is there additional costs involved?


If you need help with your business, there are a number of services you can turn. North Kesteven District Council is one of those support services and there are plenty of people within our team who can provide advice and guidance. If we can’t help you directly, we may be able to direct you to someone who can.

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