Useful links


The comprehensive list.

Get the information and help you need now. These useful business organsiations, trade bodies and professional services are all willing to support small businesses and freelancers, especially during and after Covid-19. 

COVID-19

Supporting you through the pandemic.

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Debt advice

For when you find yourself in the red.

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Funding & financial support

Need extra help or a cash injection?

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Employment law

The details you need when hiring people.

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Professional services

Professional advice when you need it.

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Mental health

Because it’s one area we can’t neglect.

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Mentors

People that have been there, done that, and want to help.

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Small business organisations

Those backing you and the small business sector.

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COVID-19

GRANTS

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having far-reaching financial impacts on individuals and businesses across the UK, and indeed across the world. The government has announced support for the self-employed – this grant is called the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Use this scheme to claim a grant if you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership in the UK and have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19). https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

GUIDANCE

What to do if you’re self-employed and getting less work or no work: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-youre-self-employed-and-getting-less-work-or-no-work

Self-employment Income Support Scheme guidance: https://www.litrg.org.uk/tax-guides/coronavirus-guidance/coronavirus-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic: The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. These 8 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Closing certain businesses and venues in England: This document provides guidance on the closure of certain businesses and venues as part of further social distancing measures and was updated on 13th May 2020. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/884695/Business_Closure_Revised_Guidance.pdf

 

Debt advice

Business Debtline: Gives free help over the phone and online if you have money problems related to your small businesses or are freelance. https://www.businessdebtline.org/

Funding & financial support

There are a vast number of helpful sites offering funding and advice.   

Financial support schemes across the UK for small businesses: This site has all the main national, regional and local sources of help. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support

Northern Ireland Business Support: A searchable database that can help you find publicly-funded sources of business assistance that you may be eligible to apply for. www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk

Scottish business loans, grants and funding: Finder to help businesses based in Scotland find funding from private and public organisations. www.mygov.scot/business

Business Wales: All the information, advice and guidance you need for starting and growing a business. https://businesswales.gov.wales/

Better Business Finance – UK: Free, quick and easy access to a directory of approved finance suppliers for UK businesses. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/better-business-finance

Enterprise Answers business loans: Business finance, advice and support for businesses of all stages. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/enterprise-answers-business-loans-north-of-england

Start Up Loans: Apply for a government-backed Start Up Loan of £500 to £25,000 to start or grow your business. Unlike a business loan, this is an unsecured personal loan. You’ll get free support and guidance to help write your business plan, and successful applicants get up to 12 months of free mentoring. https://www.gov.uk/apply-start-up-loan

Business Cash Advance – UK: Alternative financing for UK small business owners. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/business-cash-advance-uk 

Fair Business Loans: Unsecured loans for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have been refused mainstream funding. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/fair-finance-business-loans-uk

FEAST 2: Grant funding and specialist support for food and drink manufacturers. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/feast-2

Fredericks Foundation loans: Loans up to £35,000 for businesses that have been turned down for mainstream funding. https://www.fredericksfoundation.org/

Funding Circle – UK: Peer-to-peer loans for established SMEs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. https://www.fundingcircle.com/uk/

HM Government Business Support: This website will help you to find government support which is currently available to businesses. It is split into themes which can help you find what you are looking for. https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/

Innovate UK – grant funding, innovation loans and expert support: Supports innovative UK businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/innovate-uk-grant-funding-innovation-loans-and-expert-support

Enterprise programme for young people – UK: The Prince’s Trust helps young people aged 18 to 30 who want to set up their own business in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/enterprise-programme-for-young-people-uk

Local Enterprise schemes: The LEPs and their local Growth Hubs are supporting businesses and helping to lay the foundations for  future recovery. www.lepnetwork.net

National Tooling Loan Fund – England: Loans to help toolmakers and component manufacturers fund the design, development, and manufacture of tooling. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/tooling-loan-fund-birmingham

Inclusive Enterprise Programme – JumpStart: Personalised support to start a business. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/inclusive-enterprise-programme

Innovate2succeed – UK: Up to 9 days of specialist innovation help for small and medium-sized businesses. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/innovate2succeed-uk

Innovation Voucher: Innovation vouchers and workshops to help SMEs develop new processes and systems to improve efficiency and introduce new products and services. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/innovation-voucher

Media sub-programme grants – UK: Grants for the film, television, new media and video games industries. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/media-sub-programme-grants-uk

National Skills Academies – England: Find quality assured training provision for your sector from a National Skills Academy in England. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/national-skills-academies-england

Start & Grow – digital business support platform: Online platform offering resources to help people to start and grow a business. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/start-grow-digital-business-support-platform

StartUp Britain: A campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, offering inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business. www.startupbritain.org

TALE (Transport and Logistical Efficiencies): Support, workshops and grants to help SMEs who transport goods or deliver services, to improve their use of data. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/tale-transport-and-logistical-efficiencies

UEZ Fund Programme: Specialist support and funding for SMEs in the food and drink manufacturing or packaging sectors. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/uez-fund-programme

WRAP environmental business advice – UK: Confidential advice and support on environmental issues for all UK businesses. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support/wrap-environmental-business-advice-uk

Tax help and support if you’re self-employed: Get help if you’re running your own business by using videos, webinars and online courses from HMRC. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-youre-self-employed

Money & Pensions Service: https://moneyandpensionsservice.org.uk/

Local Authority grant funding: Local authorities have received and distributed funding to support small and medium businesses in England during coronavirus. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses 

Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund: Supports small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other grant schemes. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-coronavirus-local-authority-discretionary-grants-fund

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Mental health

Mental Health Awareness Week 18th – 24th May: Mental health and wellbeing are serious issues and working through Covid-19 has the potential to make us all feel less in control, more at sea, and more vulnerable. We need to pay more attention to our own wellbeing and that of our employees, contractors, and colleagues as well as family and friends.

The Money Advice Trust: The Money Advice Trust has a new podcast series called Working in a Crisis. The first episode is about dealing with your own resilience. You can access the podcasts here: https://mailchi.mp/moneyadvicetrust/vulnerability-podcasts

Mental Health At Work:
 
 
 
 
Breathing Space: https://breathingspace.scot/  
 
 

If you are a business owner or freelancer in financial trouble with your business the Money Advice Trust also runs Business Debtline to help you: https://www.businessdebtline.org

Mentors

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Small business organisations

British Chambers of Commerce: The various Chambers sit at the heart of a network of businesses across the UK. They help firms of all sizes to achieve more by helping British businesses to build relationships on every level. Across the network, you can connect your business locally, nationally and internationally, with other businesses, with decision-makers and with opportunities. They are also a respected voice for business. https://www.britishchambers.org.uk/

FSB Federation of small Businesses: Membership means inclusive support, market-leading benefits and a voice heard in governments at all levels. If you are self-employed or own a small business, membership is built from the ground up to help you achieve your ambitions. https://www.fsb.org.uk/

Forum of Private Business: The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 1-50 employees, helping them to manage employees, saving time, giving advice, support and protection where a business needs it.  https://www.fpb.org/

Innovate UK: Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk

IOD (Institute of Directors): The IOD represents the business point of view locally and nationally to ensure your views are taken into account when the government is reviewing policy, legislation or seeking the opinions of the wider business community. As a member you get a range of resources – including access to business information, training, professional expertise, networking opportunities and flexible working spaces – all of which are designed to help you strengthen and build on your own success. https://www.iod.com/

IPSE: The Association for Independent Professionals and the Self-employed makes sure freelancers, interim managers, consultants and contractors are represented to Government by producing  research and policy campaigns. https://www.ipse.co.uk

Your Business Community: Build your network: Everyone has a network of contacts within the business community made up of colleagues, suppliers, acquaintances and clients. Broadening this network is key to the ongoing success of your business. https://yourbusinesscommunity.co.uk/

Trade associations

Trade Associations: There are numerous trade associations and professional bodies in the UK. 

A trade association, also known as an industry trade group and is an organisation founded and funded by businesses that operate in a specific industry. 

A professional association (also called a professional body, professional organisation, or professional society) is a non-profit organisation seeking to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest.

An extensive list can be found at: https://www.ukecc-services.net/ukpbata.cfm

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