Management Consultancy & Business Support

Learn world class skills to realise your full potential

Management Consultancy & Business Support services share a common aim of providing support to organisations through the use of expertise. To fully develop the business skills of individuals and organisations, the skills of Business Support professionals and consultants also need to be world class. Along with SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) we work to ensure the standards and qualifications developed for Business Support professionals and Management Consultants reflect industry needs and are fit for purpose. Responsibility for Business Support and Management Consultancy is split; CFA oversees Management Consultancy activities, while SFEDI oversees Business Support activities.


SFEDI have developed a number of National Occupational Standards in Business Support, as follows:

Business and Enterprise Support –  for those working with small businesses and enterprises

Business Link Broker - specifically targeted at business link staff working with small businesses

Business Link Gateway - specifically targeted at point of contact Business Link staff

Business Information- for point of contact staff

We also oversee a suite of standards directly covering Management and Business Consultancy for management consultants and business advisors.

Management and Business Consultancy


Business Support

Business Support vocational qualifications are available within the UK, including a number of NVQs.

Management Consultancy

There are also a number of qualifications covering Management Consultancy offered by various awarding organisations.

Full details of all available qualifications in England, NI and Wales can be found at the Register of Regulated Qualifications. For qualifications in Scotland please visit the SQA.

QCF Units

QCF units have been developed by SFEDI and the Management Standards Centre to cover the knowledge and skills needed by those in Management Consultancy and Business Support roles.


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