National Business Organisations
Official UK government website
The website offers tools and guidance for businesses and self-employed people and a Business Support Helpline: Telephone: 0800 998 1098; firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: HMRC webinars and forums
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) offer a series of free online presentations or ‘webinars’ to give tax help to businesses and the self-employed.
Website: Companies House
Company details are registered here. This is also where company accounts are filed.
UK Department for Business and Trade
Website: Made in the UK
This website provides information and advice for UK exporters.
This is a searchable website to help businesses find finance support.
Advice is provided on importing and exporting, transporting goods and providing services to the EU.
British Business Bank
The British Business Bank is a government-owned business development bank. It provides information, guidance and links to sources of finance including start-up loans through trusted partners.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Website: Farming and land management
The website covers registering of land, funding and rural payments, planning permission for farmers and farming advice.
Food Standards Agency
The Food Standards Agency has a section on its website with advice for those starting up food businesses. It provides advice packs specific to caterers, retailers, restaurants and take-away businesses and those providing food in childcare or residential settings. It also provides advice on allergen information and avoiding cross-contamination.
Health and Safety Executive
The Health and Safety Executive provides guidance and tools to help businesses meet their H&S obligations. They also offer free publications and advice leaflets for different sectors and topics.
Valuation Office Agency
Website: Business rates: Overview
This website explains how your business rates are calculated and what help may be available.
Independent business organisations
Confederation of British Industry
The CBI is a membership and lobbying organisation.
Federation of Small Businesses
The Federation of Small Businesses is a membership organisation which offers a wide range of business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a voice which is heard in government. Its knowledge hub provides resources which are free for all to access.
National Enterprise Network
The National Enterprise Network is a membership organisation for micro, small and start-up businesses.
Enterprise Nation is a large community of small businesses and business advisers. It connects business owners to resources and expertise. It is free to join.
Enterprise Nation runs StartUp UK which provides free resources and guides for those setting up a business.
Start Your Own Business
Website: How to Start a Business in The UK
Free resources for start-ups.
Small Business Pro
Advice and templates for start-ups.
Engineering and manufacturing support organisations
Make UK - The Manufacturers' Organisation
Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) - Manufacturing Advisory Service
UK Business Forums
Business & E-Commerce discussion forums.