Press Release – UMi: Free Business Advice for West Midlands SMEs

The West Midlands operation of has launched a free service to help SMEs and scale-ups affected by the Coronavirus crisis.

With many firms in lockdown, is offering them a free consultation with one of its experienced regional directors to help them to their situation, consider ways to adapt the changing circumstances and enhance their growth prospects over the longer term.

The Growth Diagnostic service will be carried out by video link and firms will receive a detailed report and recommendations. It is completely free to all companies employing between 10 and 1,000 staff throughout the UK until the end of June. provides part-time executive directors for commercial, operations and CEO roles. CEO John Courtney said: “While many businesses will be focused on immediate issues at present – such as cashflow problems or making the transition to remote working – once these are addressed, they need to take stock and start looking to the future.”

Glenn Cameron, regional director for Birmingham and the West Midlands says: “A crisis or a downturn in business will create an opportunity to make the West Midlands’ businesses stronger going forward. What better time to for the regions SMEs and scale-ups to review strategy to combat these unique circumstances now and to be in better shape when ‘normality’ resumes.

“The West Midlands has performed well in recent years in industries as diverse as professional services, construction, technology and manufacturing. The region’s resilience, innovation and economic diversity means we should take advantage of a rebound once we overcome the current situation. This service will help businesses meet that goal.”

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Written by: John Courtney

John is highly ranked in the Top 100 UK Entrepreneurs list by City AM and is winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from techSPARK. He has been a Board Director himself for over 40 years and first started placing Non-Executive Directors over 25 years ago. John founded and ran seven of his own businesses including a Management Consultancy for 10 years, a Corporate Finance offering for 10 years and a mid-sized Digital Agency for another 10 years.