Sector help

Find a sector specialist

Whatever the size or shape of your business, whether you are a farmer or a manufacturer, there is a huge range of business support available if you know where to look.

Please find below a directory of major industry bodies across a range of sectors, who may be able to help with any specific questions or concerns. Many of them publish information and key guidance, links to which are also set out below.

Sector Relevant Trade Associations Business support and insights
Cross-industry trade bodies For the BCC’s latest policy reports and publications, click here
For the Confederation of British Industry’s view on the latest political and economic news, click here
To access the latest reports and publications from the Federation of Small Businesses, click here
ICAEW’s members in business have access to business resources including the most up-to-date thought leadership, technical resources and professional guidance. Find out more here
Members of the IOD have access to a library of information on topics ranging from market access and industry trends to trading abroad. Find out more here
Agriculture NFU members have access to a library of over 150 business guidance booklets. These guides are written to assist members with legal matters they may face when running a farming business. Find out more here
Automotive The SMMT, the automotive trade association has a range of reports and information covering the key issues affecting the UK automotive industry: Find out more here
Construction Build UK publish a range of practical guidance, covering issues such as contractual terms and incoming regulation. Find out more here
Members of the Federation of Master Builders will benefit from business support including e-learning resources and tax advice. Find out more here
Creative Sector Creative Industries’ ‘Business Helpdesk’ provides information on a range of relevant issues, from tax planning to visa rules. Find out more here
Manufacturing Make UK publish a range of blogs, publications and reports, specifically tailored for manufacturers. Find out more here
EAMA is a pro-active alliance that promotes the machinery and manufacturing supply chain, and the work of trade associations. For further information on its work and to view its policy documents, click here
Pawnbroking If you are a business in the pawnbroking industry, the National Pawnbrokers Association has guidance for operation in this area, including a guide to bank account compliance. Find out more here
Retail Members of the British Retail Consortium benefit from unbiased research and analysis on retail performance and the economic drivers influencing the British retail industry. Find out more here