TECs are comprised of a board of directors drawn from the top men in local industry, commerce, education, trade unions etc., who, together with their staff and experienced business counsellors, assist both new and established concerns in all aspects of running a business. This takes the form of across-the-table advice and also hands-on assistance in management, marketing and finance if required. There are also training courses and seminars available in most areas together with the possibility of grants in some areas.
Point of contact: local Jobcentre or Citizens' Advice Bureau.
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