Cost of living: Support and advice for small businesses


There is a range of ongoing support from organisations and schemes to support businesses.

These include:

Invest Northern Ireland

Invest NI offers advice, support, and funding that can help your business operate more efficiently, minimise waste and reduce costs. You can also request a Sustainability Report for your business that will enable you to measure, monitor, and report on the environmental performance across key areas of your operations including raw materials, energy, carbon, packaging, biodiversity, and waste.

Consumer Council

The Consumer Council offers practical tips to help businesses with energy bills including, tools to help you switch energy suppliers and maximise energy efficiency. They also provide tips on reducing water bills and money-saving measures to use transport more efficiently and effectively. Find Consumer Council advice to help your business save money. guidance provides practical tips for saving energy and cutting business bills.

Funding support for other areas of your businesses

Aside from support with energy costs, there is funding support to help local businesses in other areas of their business. These include:

Help and advice for managing debt

Many businesses run into financial difficulties, and it can be a stressful position to be in, but there are dedicated organisations that can help you.

Online debt advice services

Online services on debt advice are secure, and you can get immediate, personalised help. Some services are available 24 hours a day. Access online support with:

Our guide explains when and how to seek debt help and where to find guidance on avoiding debt. You will also find sources of debt advice for businesses in financial difficulty or facing insolvency - see business debt: help and advice.

Telephone debt advice services

Telephone debt services are usually available on weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays. You can speak directly with an expert adviser.

Helpline Telephone Number
Advice NI 0800 915 4604
PayPlan 0800 280 2816
StepChange Debt Charity 0800 138 1111
  • Advice NI Helpline
    0800 915 4604
  • StepChange Debt Charity Helpline
    0800 138 1111