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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.