Business is Great Britain Support, advice and inspiration for growing your business
Business Support Helpline
So you re ready to start a business. The UK has a very supportive environment for startups, with a flourishing wealth of networks, groups and organisations for all types and style of new business, where you can get practical advice, ideas and make many valuable contacts. There is a separate page with advice about where to find a mentor.
For business support outside of England go to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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National Enterprise Network
Provides a wide array of services across England, to offer impartial and independent advice, support and training on starting or developing a small business.
New Entrepreneurs Foundation
Provides mentoring, events, work placements and programmes for aspiring entrepreneurs
Advice and support for those currently out of work
The New Enterprise Allowance can provide advice, mentoring support and financial help.
School for Startups
Education programmes, events and online support for budding entrepreneurs
Women in enterprise
Find out more about the wide variety of support specifically for women who want to start and grow their business
An online community for young entrepreneurs aged between 16-30
Its mission is to create an inspirational environment for business owners and would-be entrepreneurs, a supportive community, informational books and events
Provides specific support for social entrepreneurs
British Library Business & Intellectual Property Centre
The British Library has Business & IP centres across the country, providing free access to information, free and low-cost advice and workshops
Forum for Private Business
A leading small business support group dedicated to helping business owners focus on growth and profitability
Federation of Small Business
One of several membership organisations which represents and helps owners and directors of small and growing businesses.
British Chambers of Commerce
An independent business network, with branches across the UK. They work with businesses of all sizes, and representing all sectors.
ICAEW Business Advice Service
The BAS offers practical help online in the form of white papers, briefings for directors and blog articles, as well as enabling businesses to receive a free initial consultation from an ICAEW Chartered Accountant
Institute of Directors
Professional institute which supports, represents and sets standards for company directors.
Business Support Helpline
Chat live with an advisor, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
Finance and support for your business
Not sure what support is available for you?
Find government-backed support and finance for business.