Business debt: help and advice

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There are a number of organisations that offer free debt advice in Northern Ireland. These include:

Professional advisers

Professional advisers can also provide good financial and debt management advice. If you already use an accountant or solicitor, they may be able to help. If you do not already work with one, it may be a good idea to find an accountant or solicitor who specialises in your industry or financial problems.

For more information, see choose and work with an accountant and choose a solicitor for your business.


Your bank will probably offer financial help and advice as part of their services. But you should remember that your bank has its own position to protect and its interests may not be exactly the same as yours.

Your account manager may be able to help you look at how you are managing your finances and whether this can be improved. They may also help you work out a payment plan, or you may be able to extend your overdraft or renegotiate your account terms.

If you are not happy with the service your bank is providing, it may be time to switch. You may even be able to get a better deal elsewhere. For more information, see choose and manage a business bank account.

Debt counsellors

Although most debt counsellors work with individuals with debt problems, some specialise in business debt management. Step Change Debt Charity offer free and impartial debt counselling.

There are also some commercial organisations who can offer debt counselling and management advice, for a fee. You should research and consider a debt management company's reputation fully before working with them.

  • Advice NI Business Debt Service
    0800 083 8018