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How to find help for your business

Navigating the often complex and rarely straightforward path to a successful business is filled with potential pitfalls, but there is help out there as I explain here.

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Finding the support and resources available can help your business stay on track


Why is asking for help so hard?

While The Beatles made it look easy (to sing about, anyway), asking for help is tough for all sorts of reasons. You might not know where to go. You might not know who to ask. And if you’re just starting out in business, you might not even know what the question you need answering is. 

With no training on some of the basics, it’s easy to see why 20% of businesses fail in their first year.

So this month, the government refreshed and relaunched its Help to Grow campaign. In addition, it announced it would form a new Small Business Council, launching next month, “reaffirming its commitment to all the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses.”

I wanted to share my thoughts on these two initiatives, alongside other helpful tips on where you can find practical help and advice for your business. 

Help to Grow

The government has relaunched its campaign for SMEs - but what exactly is it?

Designed as a hub to remove barriers and make it easier to do business, the campaign website is a handy resource to show what support and advice is available to help you start, grow and succeed in business. 

Whether you’re starting out, looking to grow, seeking finance or looking for advice on selling your goods internationally - Help to Grow contains links to insights and advice wherever your business is. 

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The FSB has been around for over 45 years. It’s membership-led, which means it’s non-profit and non-political, and strives to help its members achieve in business. 

While the FSB provides blogs and general information on its website for non-members - the real value is offered through its membership scheme. By joining the FSB, you’ll get access to services and tools designed to help your business thrive. These benefits include: 

  • 24/7 legal and employment advice

  • an online library of 1,400 legal documents and templates

  • tax investigation insurance

  • financial expertise

  • debt recovery support

  • local support and networking opportunities 

To join, you need to be an owner, partner, or director of a business (or businesses). If you’re involved in more than one business, the total number of employees for all businesses combined must not exceed 249.

British Business Bank

The British Business Bank is owned by the Department for Business and Trade. It was set up in 2014 as a way to help small businesses survive, prosper and grow. 

Helping shine a light on financial options available to small businesses, the British Business Bank has been at the forefront of various schemes, such as Start Up Loans and the Recovery Loan scheme. They’re also central to delivery when the landscape changes too, with COVID-19 support schemes being a recent example of their agility. 

You can find out what finance is available for your business and access support and tools to help get (or keep) your business running smoothly.


Networking events can feel intimidating - especially if you’re more introverted or dislike talking to strangers. But with so many networking events, each with their own guest speakers, opportunities and socials, you’re bound to find one that suits your interests (and geographical location). 

You can hear from successful business owners, attend seminars on a range of sticky topics (tax, I’m looking at you) and chat over a drink with people in the same boat as you.

I’ll be attending a few this year too, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter below to see which events I’ll be attending and which networking events are taking place so you don't miss out. 

Small Business Council

The Small Business Council is due to launch in March 2024 and aims to bring together SME leaders from across the country, allowing SMEs voices to be represented within government. 

We’ll find out more in March when the Council launches - but the additional initiatives will be welcomed by businesses as we see how the government plans to roll out its proposal that they’re making 2024 "the year of the SME.”

I’ll continue to bring you my insights as the government seeks to make changes this year, so you’re never in the dark on what help is available.

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About Kyle Eaton

Kyle is a finance editor specialising in all things related to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). He has over ten years' experience working in financial services and as a writer.

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