Growth Stages



“I’m thinking about starting my own business”

The Planning Stage (Pre-Start) when your business is just a thought or an idea. You are at the starting point of your new business and you have many routes to consider.

At this stage of the business you need to match your business needs with your skills, experience and passions. Where will you need external help? What are your strengths and your weaknesses? You’ll need to decide on a business ownership structure, evaluate your market and begin your business planning.

AD:VENTURE can keep you on the right path at this very early stage of your business. It’s a tough and competitive world out there and it can be easy to lose sight of your goals. Your advisor will work with you to plan to succeed.



“The new business is off the ground, now what’s next?”

The Coaching Stage (0 – 12mths) the business is started and you have a good business model, but need some guidance on specific issues, or to move to the next stage of growth.

This is a crucial stage in your growth, you are busy doing much of the work and your time is precious. Let us help you find your balance, letting you focus on reaching the peak of your businesses potential.

To achieve your high growth aspirations, you would benefit from the AD:VENTURE programme by receiving one to one mentoring, support on business planning, market research and forecasting, access to a range of incubation space & academic and graduate input, finance & funding brokerage and the EKE programme.



I’ve been trading over 12 months, the business has definite growth potential but I don’t have time to manage or innovate”

The Growing Stage (12 – 36mths) – Your business has made it through the early stages and has survived. Revenues and customers are increasing with many new opportunities, but so are your issues!!

The biggest challenge growth companies face is dealing with the constant range of challenges and opportunities competing for more time and money. Effective leadership skills are essential, as well as delegation and training.

You are now focussed on running the business, and as you grow, processes and internal systems will be needed and you will probably need to recruit to cope with increased business. It’s worth noting that in business, high levels of innovation stem from outside input, and it’s crucial you can take time out to consider this, as innovation is the greatest driver for growth.

This is your BIG CHANCE to make your business a truly successful venture and at this stage you would benefit from the AD:VENTURE programme through one to one mentoring, support on detailed business planning, strategic & leadership workshops, academic and graduate input, finance & funding brokerage and through participation in the EKE programme.

Ready to start your AD:VENTURE?

Register your interest and one of our advisors will be happy to help…