Cost of doing business

Small businesses in the UK face serious challenges. Record inflation, rising energy costs, supply chain issues, and reduced consumer spending are all testing businesses' ability to survive.

We know business owners like you need support – right now. We're here to help you find exactly what you need, quickly and easily.

How Enterprise Nation can help

Manage rising costs

Assessing your outgoings is crucial. Read guides and resources to learn how to keep cash flow under control.

Seek peer support

In times of crisis, support networks are invaluable. Find local meet-ups to join, and connect with advisers, mentors and peers.

Practical advice

Our daily flow of events, webinars and other content is designed to help you tackle rising costs, increase sales, and overcome everyday challenges.

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Local meet-ups

Small business networking

Local online meet-ups offer a relaxed, informal environment to connect with fellow founders, collaborate, and solve business challenges.

Find your local meet-up

How are UK small business owners dealing with rising costs?

No-one should feel they're in this alone. The Enterprise Nation community continues to share practical tips for how business founders can navigate the current cost of living crisis.

Read about other founders' experiences and find valuable advice and recommendations on managing cash flow and increasing costs.

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Latest Small Business Barometer results

78% of businesses affected by rising prices

35% have increased prices for customers


31% said they were often paid late by their customers

What Enterprise Nation is asking for

Late payment

A third of small businesses are being paid late by their customers. We are working to ensure the government consultation uncovers a good solution to this that helps small firms.

Increase spending

We're encouraging the government to spend a higher proportion of its procurement budget directly with small businesses.

Become cheerleaders

Small businesses are more confident when they feel supported by the government. We want to make the UK the best place to start and grow a business.