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Job Description


Business advisers give advice and support to help new businesses to start up and established businesses to grow.

Entry Requirements

You can get this job through:


You can start by doing a junior management consultant or business and professional services higher apprenticeship.

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.


You could do a foundation degree or degree in:

  • business management
  • business enterprise
  • marketing
  • project management

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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Other Route

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

Career Tips

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

You can find out more about working in business advice from Business is Great and your local Growth Hub.

Career Path and Progression

You could be employed by a local business support organisation or by a national organisation like the Great Business support line.

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

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Economic development officer
  • Management consultant
  • Business analyst

Required Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good listening skills
  • A good understanding of business and the economy
  • Self motivated and well organised
  • Able to work under pressure to meet targets
  • Good interpersonal skills which will allow you to develop relationships with new and existing clients
  • A flexible approach
  • Able to make difficult decisions
  • Discretion and understanding of the clients needs

Salary Range

£20,000 to £35,000

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