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  • Publish date: 05 March 2012
  • Archived on: 28 February 2014

ICAEW Business Advice Service (BAS) is playing a vital role in the business support landscape, offering free advice to SMEs in thousands of locations across the UK.

Small businesses are the engine of the UK economy. Yet their size means they often lack the financial expertise needed to get off the ground, raise finance, create jobs and grow.

Launched in autumn 2011, ICAEW’s Business Advice Service (BAS) is designed to boost the prospects for a private sector-driven recovery by offering a helping hand to SMEs and start-ups across the country.

What kind of advice does BAS offer?

BAS offers business advice on how to overcome challenges facing SMEs across the country including:

  • how to grow a business
  • securing loans, capital and finance
  • keeping staff and creating new jobs
  • meeting tax and regulatory requirements
  • export planning
  • planning for long-term sustainable growth
  • accounting records and software
  • performance measurement.

How it works

  • The ICAEW Business Advice Service offers businesses a free advice session with a qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant.
  • Businesses can use the BAS website businessadviceservice.com to find their nearest office.
  • Thousands of offices are participating in the scheme ranging from small local firms to internationally-known advisers.
  • The advice sessions are available in offices all across the UK.

"SME growth is crucial to the UK’s economic success. In tough economic conditions, small businesses need the right advice and support to succeed.

"It’s not just government’s responsibility to help businesses to survive and thrive. As a profession that acts in the public interest, ICAEW Chartered Accountants recognise their responsibility to offer crucial guidance."

Michael Izza, ICAEW Chief Executive