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+ Complex to access support: A large number of resources can be difficult to research and access.
+ Across public and private sectors: Both the public and private sectors provide a wide variety of schemes.
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The current business support environment

Supporting the growth of SMEs is a key policy of the government. Given the scale of the contribution that they make to the economy, there is no doubt that focusing on boosting the growth and productivity of the SME sector could contribute substantially to improvements throughout the whole economy.

Inevitably, however, across a modern, sophisticated economy like the UK, there are a number of areas that require greater focus and attention. Coordinating the supply of business support and advice, in tandem with other public sector providers and the private sector, presents a serious challenge. 

There is no doubt that there is a considerable amount of support out there for businesses. Whether they are looking for some advice about digital marketing, a better understanding about how to plan for, and implement, strategies that can help them grow or simply assessing their options for accessing the right type of finance to buy new equipment, there is almost certainly a scheme, provider, programme, fund, policy, strategy, course or event that can help.

However, creating an easily understood, easily navigated and easily accessed support system is a difficult problem.

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Government Support website

Find free suport, advice and sources of finance through your local Growth Hub. Find yours here.

Business Support Helpline (England)
[email protected]
Telephone: 0800 998 1098
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm (except bank holidays)
Find out about call charges

Speak to an adviser on webchat about your business

The Business Support Helpline for England is also on:
Get business support online, or over the phone.

Find Business Support Scotland
Telephone: 0300 303 0660
Textphone: 0800 023 2071
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm (except bank holidays)
Find out about call charges

Get help with your business online, or by calling the Business Wales Helpline.

Business Wales Helpline
Telephone: 0300 060 3000
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm (except bank holidays)
Find out about call charges

Find business advice and support. You can also contact the Invest Northern Ireland helpline.

Invest Northern Ireland
Telephone: 0800 181 4422
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm (except bank holidays)
Find out about call charges

Government Support for SME Procurement

In 2020/21, the government spent over £10.18bn directly with SMEs. Find out more about how the government plans to take positive action to spend even more, and the action plan being taken to simplify public procurement, and therefore remove barriers to greater SME participation.

Confusing current support ecosystem

Apart from the national government support options listed above you can source advice from:

over 400 councils, 38 local enterprise partnerships and growth hubs, Digital Catapults, NGOs such as Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Network, Tech Nation, Tech City, Accelerators, Incubators, Enterprise parks, DIT for Export advice, Universities, Business Schools, British Library, Digital Business Academy, business networks such as Gatwick Diamond, Business South, Business West, Northern Powerhouse, the Business Gateway network in Scotland, Cardiff Start, Innovation SuperNetwork, StartUp Britain, N8 Research Partnership, 53 local Chambers of Commerce, the FSB, the CBI, IoD, various institutes such as the Chartered Management Institute and the Centre for Entrepreneurs, Small Business Saturday, National Enterprise Network and a whole host of private sector businesses and networks that can help with business support and advice, strategy, innovation, collaboration and development, exporting, skills, access to finance, and just about any problem that a small business may face.

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Support Schemes on the Government website


Currently, though the number does fluctuate, there are 151 different schemes listed on the site that provide finance, advice and support for businesses throughout the UK.

This is a small subset of all the different types of schemes, programmes, organisations and networks aimed at helping business.

* The total number also includes 6 Recognition awards.

Equity Schemes
Loan Schemes
Grant Schemes
Finance Schemes
Expertise & Advice Schemes
Number of Schemes Overall*

Local Growth Funds

The Levelling Up Fund - announced in November 2020, is a £4.8 billion initiative that focuses on capital investment in local infrastructure across England, Scotland, and Wales. It aims to support economic recovery, drive growth and regeneration in areas with specific challenges and places that have received less government investment recently. Areas in need of "levelling up" are determined by a ranking system based on criteria such as economic recovery, transport connectivity, and regeneration.

The Towns Fund - introduced in July 2019, is a £3.6 billion programme comprising three separate strands. It targets 101 eligible towns in England to develop "Town Deals" and address issues like ageing populations, limited economic opportunities, and lack of investment. The Fund also includes a further bidding round for towns not selected initially and the Future High Streets Fund, aimed at renewing town centres and high streets.

The Community Renewal Fund - announced in March 2021, was a temporary initiative designed to support communities in piloting programs and new approaches in preparation for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It focused on four investment priorities: skills, local businesses, communities and place, and supporting people into employment. The Fund identified 100 "priority places" based on an index of economic resilience, with bids from these areas prioritized.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) - launched in April 2022, is a £2.6 billion fund intended to reduce inequalities between communities as part of the Government's "levelling up" agenda. It replaces funding previously received from EU Structural Funds. The UKSPF has three investment priorities: communities and place (improving community infrastructure and neighbourhoods), local businesses (increasing job opportunities and business productivity), and people and skills (with the largest part being the Multiply program for adult numeracy). The UKSPF's budget is allocated across core functions, the UK-wide Multiply programme, and centrally retained Multiply activity.
No wonder busy SMEs struggle to find the right support!

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Scaleups - helping drive growth and productivity



scaleup companies


average turnover

26% increase

since 2013


of the total SME economy

3.1 million



productivity premium

Scaleup - a company that has averaged annualised growth of 20% in the last 3 years with at least 10 employees

Scaleups are the most innovative and productive SMEs. In 2020, the latest figures from the ONS, they contributed £1.2 trillion to the economy, 50% of the total contribution by all SMEs. This is despite being only 0.6% of the total SME population.  They are estimated to be 42% more productive than their peers.

According to 'Scaling Beyond Frontiers - Scaleup Annual Review 2022', the latest ONS figures from 2020 show that the scaleup economy actually managed to grow slightly, despite the impact of covid. Despite a myriad of concerns, in the ScaleUp Insitute's 2022 survey, an overwhelming majority of scaleup CEOs (90%) still expect to grow in 2023, 80% expect to grow turnover, and 70% expect to increase their workforce.

However, they also made clear that several barriers and pain points remain to scaling further. Three-quarters see Access to Markets, whether domestic or international, as the most significant challenge. It is closely followed by Access to Talent and Access to Growth Capital. They are clear that enterprise agencies and growth hubs have value, and want to further improve the engagement from financiers, advisors and universities.

The focus on exporting remains, with the majority currently exporting and wanting to export further, including to Australasia, the Middle East, China and India. They still need better help finding overseas partners and customers, and the joined up support required t make this happen.

Scaleups also want to achieve greater penetration into the public sector market, as well as improve collaboration with the government. They think that the current system still contains too much friction, is difficult to navigate, and lacks clarity.

Regarding finance, they remain much heavier users than their SME peers and, in particular, VCs and Angels are key sources of equity. Half still think they do not have sufficient capital to meet their current growth path and feel that too little funding is available outside London and the South East.

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