Government highlights sources of help for small firms ahead of Small Business Saturday

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With just days to go until Small Business Saturday on 1st December the Government has produced a list of sources small firms can use to seek help with finance, becoming more competitive, and finding out which large firms are slow to pay.

Access finance available to support small businesses: Are you and your business looking to start up, scale up or stay ahead? Start Up Loans of up to £25,000 can give you a much-needed boost if you’re just starting out. Or take a look at the Finance Hub and the British Business Bank for more finance options for smaller businesses.

Call the Business Support Helpline: The free Business Support Helpline can help businesses of all sizes find the right advice and support at all stages of the business journey – whether you’re starting out, growing or looking to stay ahead.You can email enquiries@businesssupporthelpline.orglive chat or call 0300 456 3565 Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Contact the Small Business Commissioner to resolve late payment disputes: If you’re having issues with not being paid on time, the Small Business Commissioner can provide advice on late and unfair payment, help you take action and work to resolve disputes.

Put your business up for a Queen’s Award: Winning a prestigious award can give your small business a boost. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are recognised globally as a mark of quality for UK business and entrepreneurs. Almost any UK business can apply, and there’s no charge. The next round of applications opens in May 2019.

Apply for government contracts: A governmentContracts Finder lets you search for information about government and agency contracts worth over £10,000 and explore information on previous tenders to see whether one might work for you.

Get in touch with your local Growth Hub: Your local Growth Hub can connect you to the right business advice and support at local and national level, no matter what size or sector you’re operating in.

See which large businesses pay their invoices on time: Large businesses have a duty to report on their payment practices. You can access this information to find out whether a business you’re intending to trade with is likely to pay on time.

Take advantage of support for innovation: If you’re a UK-based small business developing an innovative product, process or service, Innovate UK could help you get your idea off the ground.

Become more competitive by making a few simple changes: Be the Business can help small and medium sized companies across the UK supercharge productivity and earning power by making a few small but effective changes.

Get advice on selling overseas: If you are a small business interested in or currently selling overseas visit great.gov.uk for guidance on exporting, access live export opportunities, find an online marketplace to sell your products overseas and access the right finance and insurance to help you win vital international contracts.

Get involved in Small Business Saturday: Visit the Small Business Saturday website to register and advertise your business for free on their Small Business Finder, and find out how else you can get involved.