The Ultimate List of Free Business Advice Resources

A comprehensive list of over 50 free business advice resources for UK enterprises.

6th July 2016

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Starting up an online business can be a daunting task. We know, because we have had to go through this process ourselves. That’s why we have compiled the ultimate list of free business advice resources to help you answer any questions you may have.

We have tried to include as much information as possible, such as the type of resource available including guides, articles, videos, one to one consultations or events. If you notice any errors in the information please do let us know and we’ll update this article.

The resources have been separated into UK wide, local/regional business advice and video resources.

If you are looking for resources specific to business plans, then take a look at our Ultimate List of Free Business Plan Resources which feature lots of business plan samples, templates, guides and tools.


Nationwide Business Advice Resources

Great Business

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Business Advice Contact Number: 0300 456 3565
A government run resource covering everything from planning a business, to finance and hiring.

Sage

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Well known for their accounting software, Sage also provides free business advice articles on a wide range of topics.

Barclays

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Barclays provide a range of free business advice and support services ranging from in-depth articles on doing business abroad to professional advice and guidance from their Barclays Business Managers.

British Library Business & IP Centre

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The British Library have a wealth of business advice information, free workshops and webinars in addition to their Innovating for Growth program that offers up to £10,000 of free business support for successful applicants. They’re located in London, but they have a number of locations around the UK.

Small Business

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Not just news, but a range of articles covering starting up your business to financing it.

Startup Donut

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This site has a lot of articles and guides on running a business including a free e-book on how to start a business.

Gov.uk

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Not surprisingly, Gov.uk has lots of business information and advice articles. You can also search for government backed finance and support here.

HM Revenue & Customs

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HM Revenue & Customs have a number of resources available including archived webinars, live webinars, video and business advice that they send via email.

ACAS

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ACAS has a wide range of useful HR information and advice including articles, guides, tools and videos.

Startup Britain

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In their own words they “offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business”. They host free startup advice events on their Startup Tour.

HR Zone

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Lots of free human resources articles and guides.

Horsesmouth

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Horsesmouth is a free online coaching and mentoring network sponsored by the likes of 4Talent, NUS and Women’s Aid. They cover a wide range of topics including careers and business.

Mentorsme

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This site is an online gateway for businesses searching for mentoring services.

Business Advice Service

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A number of business advice articles and guides. There are also events listed here although they aren’t all free.

Shell Livewire

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Shell Livewire offers free business advice, support and funding to young entrepreneurs aged 16-30. They also have an online business library which is accessible to all.

Is4Profit

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This site contains a lot of articles and guides on how to run a more profitable business. A range of topics are covered including financing, planning, marketing and exporting.

MyBusiness

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A range of business advice articles and news.

Growth Hubs

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Business Advice Contact Number: 0300 456 3565
Local Enterprise Network’s Growth Hubs offer advice on how business can get more support to grow.

MicroMentor

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MicroMentor is a free social network aimed at connecting entrepreneurs with business mentors.

ICAEW Business Advice Service

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Get a free accountancy or business finance consultation with an ICAEW member.

Business Companion

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Business Companion offers free, impartial legal advice for businesses.

Lawbite

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Free 15 minute consultation for legal advice. It’s short but it may be useful for somebody.

Inspire2Enterprise

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In their own words, Inspire2Enterprise are a “unique free-to-access social enterprise support, information and advice service – from start-up through to initial growth and beyond.”

Local/Regional Business Advice Resources

London Small Business Centre

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Location: London
Business outline and business plan templates are available within their resource section, which they will provide feedback on if you email them completed templates with your business idea. They also host business advice events, some of which are free.

Portabello Business Centre

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Location: London
PBC offer a range of business advice and courses. Depending on your circumstances, the one to one advice sessions may be free.

City of London

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Location: London
Another government run website that contains lots of articles regarding setting up a business, support, trading standards, responsible business practices and more.

Lewisham Council

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Business Advice Contact Number: 020 7377 8821
Location: London
Lewisham Council hosts a number of free business advice events, articles and they provide a business support hotline.

639 Centre

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Location: London
639, based in North London, provides a range of services including free business advice and mentoring.

The Business Lounge

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Location: London
The Business Lounge is provided Haringey Library Service and offers a number of free business advice sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Business Launch Pad

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Location: London
Business Launch Pad offers free one to one business counselling sessions.

Barking Enterprise Centre

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Location: London
Barking Enterprise Centre offer free business advice and support. In addition, any business that starts up with help from them receives a 50% discount off of their first year’s membership with Barking & Dagenham Chamber of Commerce.

Coast to Capital Business Navigator Growth Hub

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Business Advice Contact Number
Location: London (Croydon), West Sussex and part of East Sussex
A free platform to help you find business support and advice, although not all the business that provide support on there are free.

Wenta

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Location: Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Middlesex
Wenta offers a free business startup workshop as well as a free initial business advice consultation.

Stanta

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Location: St. Albans
Get up to 12 hours of free business advice if your business is new, a startup or less than 3 1/2 years old.

The Enterprise Network

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Location: Wiltshire
TEN offers free and impartial advice to startup businesses across Wiltshire. They also run a number of networking events and workshops for female entrepreneurs.

MiVentures

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Location: Hertfordshire
This particular offer of free business advice from MiVentures is for Hertfordshire only; however, they have a number of partnerships with councils around the UK so even if you aren’t a Hertfordshire resident it may be worth contacting them in case you are in one of the areas where they provide support.

Kent B2B

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Location: Kent
Kent B2B offer free one to one business advice consultations covering topics such as sales & marketing, finance and HR.

KICC Start Centre

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Location: Kent
A number of articles and guides covering starting up and running a business.

Oxfordshire Business Enterprises

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Location: Oxfordshire
OBE offers free, face to face business advice for startups in addition to articles, business planning tools and events.

North Lincolnshire Council

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Business Advice Contact Number: 01724 297330
Location: North Lincolnshire
Get free business support and impartial advice, available for startups to already trading businesses.

Northamptonshire County Council

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Location: Northamptonshire
Free business advice is available for eligible businesses, though some may have to pay.

Menta

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Location: Suffolk
Free on to one business advice for startups, established businesses as well as those considering self employment.

Eastern Enterprise Hub

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Location: Suffolk
Eastern Enterprise Hub offer a large number of programmes looking to develop entrepreneurs business skills. According to their website, their programmes are free.

New Anglia Growth Hub

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Location: Norfolk & Suffolk
Free business support services covering startups, finance, apprenticeships, digital and more.

NWES

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Location: Norwich
Free one to one business advice sessions are available either over the phone or in person.

Enterprise GY

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Location: Great Yarmouth
Enterprise GY offers free basic business training covering market analysis, business planning, marketing, finance and more.

TDA Business

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Location: Devon
TDA Business offers free one to one business advice drop-in sessions, helping to identify appropriate support and eligibility for funded programmes.

Stafford Borough Council

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Location: Stafford
A number of articles provided by Stafford Borough Council covering topics such as starting a business, grants, loans, licenses and recruiting staff.

Wigan Works

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Location: Wigan
Free business advice covering startups, finance, relocating, networking, recruitment and more.

Calderdale Council

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Location: Calderdale
Calderdale Council provide free business advice and support to startups as well as more established enterprises.

Tavistock Enterprise Hub

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Location: Tavistock
The Hub offers free business advice covering business planning, applying for loans, marketing and more.

Chorley Council

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Location: Chorley
Free business advice for startups and established businesses alike.

Business Gateway

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Location: Scotland
They offer business guides, advice, events and a free digital health check as well.

Business Advice Video Resources

MiVentures YouTube Channel

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MiVentures has a large number of videos on its YouTube channel. There are lots of case studies, but also general business advice videos, finance, marketing and business growth videos.

Business & IP Centre TV YouTube Channel

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Over 350 videos covering a wide range of business related topics, including presentations by successful entrepreneurs.

If you are looking for advice regarding your online business, then why not check out our web design, SEO and CRO services.

If you have know of any great online resources that provide free business advice then please do link to them in the comments section and we will add these to the article during periodic updates.

The Author: Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee
I'm a bit of a geek if I had to say so myself. I love web design & development and digital marketing. I've got quite a passion for conversion rate optimisation right now. I find the insights into your customers thoughts and behaviour fascinating.

2 Comments

  • Jackie Northedge

    Jackie Northedge(2 years ago)

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    Thank you shared over all our platforms!

    • Daniel Lee

      Daniel Lee(2 years ago)

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      Thanks for sharing Jackie 🙂

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