ONE of Worcestershire’s most successful entrepreneurs has been selected to contribute to a new free online resource which has been launched to offer support and guidance to growing UK businesses.

Neil Westwood, who along with his wife Laura, received backing from the panel members of Dragon's Den when they pitched their Magic Whiteboard company back in 2008, is contributing to The Inside Track, an on-line platform for the business world.

It has been developed by Daisy Group plc, to cater for the growing demand from the business community for cross-industry information and guidance, and in line with the CBI’s commitment to drive business growth. It features a range of business-centric articles, and acts as a one-stop-shop resource which incorporates helpful pointers on a range of business topics from management and leadership, to technology and communications guidance.

Other stellar guest contributors include Patrick Gallagher, chief executive of CitySprint; Steve Smith, founder of the multi-million pound retail chain, Poundland and Zoe Jackson, London ambassador for Sir Richard Branson’s ‘Start Up Loans’ scheme and founder of Living the Dream. Blog articles have also been submitted by people from key industry associations including the British Franchising Association and the Chartered Institute of Personal Development.

Daisy Group’s marketing director Kate O’Brien said: “Small and medium-sized businesses are critical to the UK’s economic growth and research has shown that the more ‘clued-up’ businesses are, particularly during the first few years of trading, the more likely they are to thrive and grow. Daisy has an incredibly broad client base so we are in a perfect position to help businesses get to grips with the issues that can affect them, whether that relates to communications, IT or business management. The CBI shares our commitment to drive business growth so we are working together to foster a supportive and better informed business community.”