Government unveils new business support website

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Date: 25 February 2020

Government building

The government has launched a new business campaign designed to help businesses in England to find the right support.

From this month, all of the government's business support schemes are now accessible via a new Business Support website, making it easier for businesses in England to find out about the full range of support available to them. Business support in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is provided by the devolved administrations.

As part of the campaign, government support will be advertised across a range of media, from billboards and newspapers to radio and social media.

Business secretary Alok Sharma said: "We want to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business. As part of delivering this ambition we are putting all of government's business support together in one place to ensure more businesses can unleash their potential."

International trade secretary Liz Truss said: "We want British exporters to make the most of our status as an independent trading nation, now that we have left the EU. This government will provide the tools and support to ensure these businesses are ready to trade."

The new support schemes are divided into four key areas:

  • Finance and business planning - including funding for new businesses and support to help existing business grow, dealing with late payments, equity and debt finance;
  • Leadership and talent - including mentoring schemes, help with recruiting, developing leadership skills or joining a network;
  • Innovation and technology - including funding for innovation, adoption of new technology, intellectual property and finding partners for innovation;
  • Exporting and support for doing business internationally and expanding online.

The business support website provides links to specific government guidance as well as other business organisations and resources including Marketing Donut. There are small business case studies and information about Growth Hubs and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). In addition, there's access to a Business Support Helpline and a LiveChat function.

Written by Rachel Miller.

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