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Map of UK regions Business Link South East Business Link in London Business Link in the East of England Business Link in the South West Business Link East Midlands Business Link West Midlands Business Link Yorkshire Business Link North East Business Link North West Flexible Support for Business - information for businesses in Wales - Northern Ireland's online business advice service Business Gateway - Practical help, advice and support for businesses in Scotland

Business Link is a free business advice and support service, available online and through local advisers. Read more about us.

Local support and services

Select your region from the map, enter your postcode below or call the Business Link Helpline on Tel 0845 600 9 006.

How will the Budget affect your business?

Budget 2010

Find out how the Chancellor's statement affects your business

How businesses can benefit from selling to government - from identifying contracts to the procurement process

learndirect's new free online course - winning the contract

Find out how to secure a public sector contract with learndirect interactive courses

Access the Employer Direct Online service from Jobcentre Plus

Employer Direct online

Create, view and update your jobs on Jobcentre Plus

Real help for businesses now

Real help for business now

Practical help to get your business in the right shape for the year ahead

Regulations that come into force in April 2010

April 2010 regulation changes

Prepare your business for new, amended or reduced requirements

Links to interactive tools

Tools Directory

Interactive tools to help you run your business

Calculate the business rates you may be liable to pay

What are your business rates?

Estimate your business rates with our tool and register to save the results to your account

Use our interactive tool to create a document including everything you have to give your new employee in writing

Create a written statement

Write a written statement of employment using our tool - then register to save the results to your account

Use our interactive tool to find out how much annual leave your employees are due

Calculate your employees' annual leave

Calculate annual leave entitlement and register to save the results to your account

This tool will calculate and produce a statement of payment due to your employees under the statutory redundancy scheme

Calculate redundancy entitlements

Calculate your employee's redundancy entitlement and register to save the results to your account

Resources to help focus your planning, apply best practice and meet government requirements

Grow your farming business

New support to help your farming business become more efficient

More accurate and up-to-date search results

The online licence application process

Use our tool to search and apply for the right licences for your business

Growing your business into Europe

Growing outside the UK

Read our guides on how to expand your customer base into Europe

What are the benefits of signing up to our email alerts?

Sign up for our email alerts service

Bespoke email alerts provide you with information updates on topics of interest

VAT is moving online


From 1 April, you may have to submit your VAT Return online - find out how to get ready

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