Help at hand for SMEs feeling support pinch

Help at hand for SMEs feeling support pinch

Monday, April 6, 2009

A new “one-stop” consultancy has been launched to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) meet the challenge of resourcing vital business support functions in an economic downturn.

As companies cut costs to counter the effects of the recession, one of the first casualties can be marketing, business development, training and other “non-essential” support services For SME businesses who need to focus on their core income-generating activity, managing these capabilities in-house can seem an expense too far. However, to go without them can have a severe long-term impact on the development and smooth running of a business.

In response to this, a new “one-stop” consultancy – helpsme – has been launched by Ali Ballantine. Using her experience as a administration manager, marketer and business development specialist at companies such as Goldman Sachs, Richards Butler, NB Real Estate and Allsop, Ballantine advises clients on how to configure and resource their non-core administration functions.

The company which will be based in the West End, will offer a range of services from marketing and business development to PR, recruitment, training and executive coaching. In addition to Ballantine, helpsme has a network of highly regarded and knowledgeable individuals in their respective fields delivering the services. Together they have a huge wealth of expertise and experience and have worked or acted for all types of companies from global giants to private individuals.

Ali Ballantine comments: “helpsme is a perfect solution for companies who recognise the contribution of these functions but who cannot dedicate the management time to their delivery. Clients will be able to tap into our wealth of knowledge, and use proven straegies at a fraction of the cost of employing full time staff.

“It will help SMEs punch above their weight at a time when having a competitive edge is more important than ever.”

helpsme will enable companies to ‘harness every level of potential’. The website can be found at

For further information please contact

Ali Ballantine
Helpsme Limited
1 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8DJ
07831 429394
020 7823 3560

Note: The definition of a SME is that used by the European Commission ie a company with fewer than 250 employees and either annual turnover not exceeding €50m or a balance sheet totaling €43m. However the thresholds are higher when claiming tax credits for research & development by UK companies, ie a company with fewer than 500 employees, and either annual turnover not exceeding €100M or a balance sheet totaling €86M, and which is not part of a larger enterprise that would fail these tests.