A new small business support network called Enterprise Nation has launched in Birmingham.
City-based adviser Debbie Assinder is heading up the network's operation in the city from the Innovation Birmingham Campus from where she will organise events and offer support and workshops.
Research suggests Birmingham is the most entrepreneurial city outside of London, with 14,153 companies registered in the city in 2015 alone.
Enterprise Nation's founder Emma Jones said: "The world of business has changed. More people then ever before are starting businesses and this trend shows no sign of abating.
"As a consequence, the support and business environment must adapt to offer on the spot help to ensure these firms can build sustainable profitability."
Ms Assinder will be working with enterprise support bodies in the city including Birmingham City University, Learning and Business at the Library of Birmingham and the Institute of Directors West Midlands.
She said: "Our mission is to help start-ups and small businesses build profitability while making the most of a skill or passion, whether they are high-powered tech firms or people looking to improve their work life balance while providing for their family."
David Hardman, chief executive of Innovation Birmingham, said: "We are delighted to be housing Enterprise Nation at Innovation Birmingham as we have a shared vision to increase the number of start-ups in the city and surrounding area, and support existing businesses to grow.
"Much of that growth will come from embracing digital tools and we look forward to working with Enterprise Nation to ensure small businesses get access to the information and advice required to make the most of the digital opportunity."