DREAM TEAM: Firms join forces to give ideas a Spark

Jonathan Boyers

Jonathan Boyers

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KPMG has forged an alliance with Entrepreneurial Spark, the world’s largest free business accelerator, to create a “dream team” that will deliver business advice and support to thousands of entrepreneurs across the UK.

This innovative alliance between the world’s largest free business accelerator programme and one of the world’s leading professional services firms will bring a wealth of benefits to budding businesses across Britain over the next three years as part of the highly successful Entrepreneurial Spark programme.

Entrepreneurial Spark is working with the big businesses of tomorrow, so the more we can do to help entrepreneurs understand and get to grips with their numbers, and ultimately help them to secure investment, the better.

Jonathan Boyers

Since forming in 2011, nearly 1,000 start-ups have been supported with over 1,700 jobs created – all down to what Entrepreneurial Spark calls their ‘secret sauce’.

KPMG has committed to providing 1000 hours of support every month over the next three years as Entrepreneurial Spark powered by Natwest continues its massive expansion throughout the UK.

The three year deal will see KPMG providing entrepreneurs with advice and guidance around issues such as developing better quality business plans; investor readiness; understanding the importance of cash and profit and recognising the impact of business decisions on company finances.

As part of the agreement, KPMG will also have a dedicated presence at Entrepreneurial Spark’s head office delivering advice and guidance around investor readiness.

Jonathan Boyers, Enterprise Partner at KPMG in the North West, said: “At the heart of KPMG Enterprise is a deep-rooted commitment to providing coaching, support and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, so we’re delighted that this new partnership with Entrepreneurial Spark and NatWest will enable us to provide a vital helping hand to early stage and growing ventures up and down the UK.

“Entrepreneurial Spark is working with the big businesses of tomorrow, so the more we can do to help entrepreneurs understand and get to grips with their numbers, and ultimately help them to secure investment, the better.

“We look forward to supporting our first intake of ambitious company owners over the coming months,” he added.