SMALL businesses in Kirklees are getting the chance to discuss problems and challenges with experienced business professionals at a series of surgeries to start later this month.

The monthly hour-long surgeries will be launched on July 25 when businesses can book appointments of 20 minutes for free guidance, encouragement and mentoring support.

The surgeries are being run by KGA, a not-for-profit organisation which supports socially-responsible endeavours across Kirklees.

The surgeries will be held at the seventh floor offices of Revell Ward at 30 Market Street, Huddersfield.

Each surgery will be made up of a chaired panel of three specialists who can range from seasoned entrepreneurs and strategists to sales and marketing specialists, solicitors and insolvency practitioners.

The aim is to support business owners who don’t already have access to professional advice or who might want an independent ear.

Participants can discuss problems and challenges with a view to helping achieve objectives or finding the best source of specialised support.

These can include day-to-day issues on running businesses or an impartial discussion with other experienced professionals.

Clr Peter McBride, Kirklees cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is a good opportunity for Kirklees businesses and I welcome the generosity of the established professionals who are giving up their time to mentor and advise others.

“Pooling the considerable knowledge and experience in our district and sharing it with fledgling entrepreneurs can only be a good thing for our economy.

“It is truly innovative that local businesses are prepared to support each other in this way, but it is what I have come to expect from our forward-thinking business community.”

To take part, register online at Participants may bring along a colleague to their booked session.