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About us helps your business save time and money by giving you instant access to clear, simple, and trustworthy information.

It is developed in partnership with subject experts within government and relevant business-support organisations to help you comply with regulations and improve your performance.

Whether you're starting up, already running a business, or looking to grow and develop, we can help you:

  • manage your finances
  • employ people
  • find and keep customers 
  • pay the correct tax 
  • comply with environmental legislation
  • trade internationally
  • understand regulations in your sector
  • find events and support near you

What we can do for you

You can manage your personal list of starting-up tasks with our Business Start-up Organiser to create a personalised list of tasks to assist you when setting up your business. Or search our Grants and Support Directory of grants, advice and support to pinpoint potential sources of help.

If you're already up and running, you can file your VAT and PAYE (Pay As You Earn) returns from our Do it online area.

The interactive tools can take you step-by-step through various key business activities. You can use our interactive tool to create a written statement of employment or use our interactive tool to assess how well your business is performing.

There are also over 1,300 guides offering practical advice for businesses in all aspects of business.

Local advice and support

You can access local advice and support online, by phone and face-to-face from regional Business Link operators across England. For further information, contact us.

These services are funded by Regional Development Agencies, and supported by government departments, agencies and local authorities.

Business Link also works in partnership with Business Gateway - Opens in a new window in Scotland, Flexible Support for Business - Opens in a new window in Wales and Invest Northern Ireland - Opens in a new window.

To find your regional Business Link, please call the Business Link Helpline on Tel 0845 600 9 006.

If you are a journalist and have an enquiry you can contact our press office by emailing or calling +44 203 142 6800 or 07957 383070 / 07789 905304 / (out of hours). Please note this number and e-mail address are for enquiries from journalists only. Our media agency cannot help with business advice enquiries and will refer you to the Business Link Helpline 0845 600 9 006.

Events are handled by the local regional Business Links so please call 0845 600 9 006 if your query relates to them.

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