Business Advisory Support

There is a wealth of advisory services and schemes available to businesses, and the Growth Hub can act as a ‘gateway’ so that your business can access support when you need it.

Our team of specialists offer guidance in the fields of business development and industry support, including innovation, trade and exporting, accessing finance or training and are keeping on top of all the developments in relation to Coronavirus so they can help and assist you and your business in the most appropriate way possible.

Our Gateway Advisory team are available to assist with any questions or queries you may have in relation to support your business might require. We are here to guide you through the best and most suitable business support available to you and how to access it.

Please get in touch with us directly by email:

We are here to guide you through the best and most suitable business support available to you and how to access it. The Government update this site frequently and we can help you navigate, who is eligible and how to apply.

Regional Professional Advisory Support

A number of private providers within the professional services industries located in the region, such as Accountants, Solicitors and Marketeers offer their services on a pro-bono basis. Check out the Growth Hub’s Business Directory to see what private professional advice is available for you to access in the region and who might provide some services on a pro-bono basis.

If you are a private provider of professional support and wish to add your details to our directory – please do so here.

Acas gives employers and employees free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice. They also offer training and help to resolve workplace disputes and have a comprehensive website of advice and guidance for employers and employees on managing coronavirus at work..

Business Debtline

Business Debtline has useful information on debt, finance and pensions for the self-employed and small businesses.

We are working closely with many other regional organisations, for example the Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, Make UK and the Local Resilience Forum to ensure that South Yorkshire has access to the resources we need to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.

In these unprecedented times, we are here to guide you through the wealth of advice and support on offer and how to access it. We can help you navigate through the Government support that is on offer.

The National Business Support Helpline can be contacted on 0800 998 1098. The Business Support Helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. A textphone service is available on 0208 742 8620.

The Small Business Commissioner

The Small Business Commissioner (SBC) is an independent public body set up by Government under the Enterprise Act 2016 to tackle late payment and unfavourable payment practices in the private sector. The SBC covers the whole of the UK – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In the current climate, it is more important than ever to ensure small businesses are paid on time. Many small businesses are reaching out for assistance, with disputes over delayed payments or in some cases, non-payment because of the financial hardship being experienced by all sectors during this difficult time.

The Small Business Commissioner has helped small businesses recover over £7.2 million owed to them (Dec 17 – May 2020) and already, £500,000 specifically during the coronavirus crisis.  If you’d like more information or help:

For further information, visit the Small Business Commissioner.