Chartered accountants and other business experts will be providing guidance to entrepreneurs during a week of free events in 36 UK locations next month.
The Business Advice Week initiative is organised by ICAEW, a sponsor of BusinessZone.co.uk's small business competition The Pitch 2012.
The professional membership organisation recently set up the Business Advice Service
, a network of 3,200 offices of ICAEW firms throughout the country offering free consultations to budding entrepreneurs.
From June 25 to 29, a range of free events, seminars and conferences
, run in conjunction with the British Bankers' Association, will cover topics including access to finance, initial start-up advice and planning growth. There will also be extensive opportunities to network with business owners and meet local advisers, banks and other local business organisations.
Nigel Hastilow, director of enterprise at ICAEW, said: "Chartered accountants can offer support on ensuring your accounts are accurate and up to date. They can also help you handle the worry about whether there’s enough cash in the bank to pay the wages at the end of the month.
"The ICAEW Business Advice Service has been set up to help companies address these and other issues. We want to help small businesses to succeed and our members all over the country are offering a free, no-obligation consultation which could help deal with some of these hurdles standing in the way of business success."