Businesses have a smaller variety of charities than consumers when it comes to debt. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a wide range of resources available for support.
Below are a range of places where you can seek free debt advice, which include national charities, HM & Revenue themselves, and a few useful business forums where you can find helpful responses from other business owners.
Most insolvency practitioners will also offer free advice, and we spend a lot of time ourselves helping business owners with early stage questions about creditor pressure, threatening letters, bailiff action or HMRC arrears.
Business Debtline help self- employed and small businesses with debt. They offers fact sheets and template letters that can be used for a range of debt situations, along with guidance from webchat and email.
They can offer:
- Guides, fact sheets, budgeting tools and sample letters to help you write to your creditors
- Advice from expert debt advisers who are supportive and trained to a high standard
- Support that means over 50% of the businesses they speak to continue to trade
While HMRC are a huge organisation and the UK’s largest creditor they want businesses to thrive and will always offer support if they, and when they feel you are being genuine and honest with them.
The Gov.UK website has information for those who are having problems paying tax, including the Time to Pay instalment scheme. To get Time to Pay your tax you should:
- Be a UK citizen
- Have been actively trading for a minimum of six months
- Not be in an existing time to pay arrangement
- Be able to demonstrate your ability to repay what you owe them within the agreed timeframe, usually no more than 12 months.
Because more businesses are under pressure, banks are offering greater support if you have financial problems and are finding it hard to deal with loan repayments for example.
If you a pay a fee for business banking you should make contact to see what help could be available such with debt consolidation or further borrowing.
Most banks offer:
- A 30 day repayment window if you need it
- Repayment plans
- Budget Planner software
- Dedicated support lines where you can discuss your situation
UK Business Forums
Covers a wide range of business topics including around insolvency and liquidation. Forums are aimed at small businesses and sole traders.
The site offers:
- The UK’s biggest community for small business owners
- The ability to create, comment and send messages to other business owners
- It’s a safe and supportive community where questions can be asked, and answers/help/advice/similar experiences can be shared.
Business Advice Forums
Aimed at those starting or managing a small business and includes forums on debt issues.
Business Advice Forums offers:
- An international business and webmaster community.
- Advice, knowledge and support to set up, manage and grow your small business – whether that be a traditional business, home based business or online website business.
- A forum that is free to join and new members are always welcome