There are many institutions who offer invaluable and often free advice and support for SMEs. To make your life easier we have pulled together a list of these institutions below so you know who to turn to when you need help.

We only list the best providers on our resourcing pages to help you understand the options and find the best one for your business.


The HMRC launched the Small Business Online Forum in August to give new businesses and self-employed individuals help and support on things like filing, paying their taxes for the first time and how to use our digital services.


ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports more than 184,500 chartered accountants and students worldwide. They  share their knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.

The Law Society

The Law Society offers a huge amount of advice for SME and they can also put you in touch with a specialist lawyer should you require one. They have put together a handy legal checklist for SMEs and have a lot of other useful resources.

British Business Bank

The British Business Bank is a government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses. Whatever you’re looking for finance for then speak to the British Business Bank first to see what options are available


The Federation of Small Businesses is a UK business organisation representing small and medium-sized businesses. They offer support and services to their members for an annual fee.

Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors is a business organisation for company directors, senior business leaders and entrepreneurs. It is the UK’s longest running organisation for professional leaders

Citizens Advice

The Citizens Advice help you find a way forward, whatever the problem. Our research enables us to campaign on issues affecting businesses and individuals. If you have an issue then they are a good first point of call.

Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export and grow into global markets. We also help overseas companies locate and grow in the UK. If you are looking to expand internationally then they are here to help.