An opportunity for a manufacturer to win over £15,000-worth of free, bespoke, business advice is launched today by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) and Prescient Business Consulting (PBC).

Prescient, based in Brindleyplace, will bring a “sleeves rolled up” approach to help generate improvement and growth for the winners, who will be revealed on Monday, 12 October.

The competition is aimed at companies in sectors involved in manufacturing, engineering, technology, logistics, energy and industrial business with a turnover of over £5 million and employing at least 20 people.

The closing date for entry is Wednesday, 30 September, and application details can be accessed here

David Thomson, PBC’s founder, said: “We are very excited to have this opportunity to help local businesses, and to be doing so in partnership with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, which does so much great work to support business in the region.

“We know there are many amazing businesses out there, but in these very difficult and uncertain economic conditions, now is the right time for us all to have an objective look at our businesses.

“Regardless of the industry, size or complexity, this is always the starting point of our approach. We form a realistic, outside, view of the business and then find out from the owners and management of the company where they want it to go. From there, we can work with individuals and teams, adding our own insights, to develop creative strategies and robust processes.

“We believe that businesses need to run safely, smoothly and successfully for the benefit of their owners, employees and other stakeholders. Partnering with our clients as an extension to their existing team, we look at three key areas – People, Processes and Strategy – assessing the current competence, capacity and culture of an organisation before defining and delivering effect strategies to enhance capabilities and achieve aspirations.”

The judging panel will be announced on Wednesday, 16 September. “They will be looking for established businesses that show potential, but most of all have a positive will to change and improve.”

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the GBCC, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Prescient in this exciting opportunity.

“The lucky winners will receive a tremendous package of support that will give them a fresh and independent assessment of their operations.”

The winners will receive a consultancy package worth £15,000 in an exercise that will take three consecutive days. There will also be two runners-up prizes of half a day consultancy.

Since launching in 2018, PBC has gained a number of large, international clients. After successfully helping clients to improve their performance, they have ambitious plans for their own future growth; including expansion of their existing team and launching new services to sit alongside the existing portfolio of strategy development, sales, finance, supply chain, HR, L&D and culture.

We invite members of the GBCC to apply for this competition by clicking here.