Support for businesses in every sector

You can access help from representative bodies for your sector, as well as from training and education organisations. These organisations can answer specific questions and provide further guidance on how businesses can get involved with schools, colleges and universities.

If you are an industry body, trade association, membership organisation or other representative body, and would like to get involved, you can sign up to become an Education Landscape partner here.

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The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) represent companies of all sizes who invest in discovering the medicines of the future.

Apprenticeship Hub

The Apprenticeship Hub offers free and impartial apprenticeship advice to SMEs in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding.

Apprenticeships Norfolk

Apprenticeships Norfolk work collaboratively with providers, employers & partners to promote the profile & growth of apprenticeships across Norfolk.

Basildon Council

Basildon Council’s Economic Development team is dedicated to supporting Basildon-based businesses and those that wish to relocate to the borough.

Berkshire LEP

Berkshire LEP is a business-led, multi-sector partnership. They deliver a Growth Hub, which provides a government-funded business advice service, and Berkshire Opportunities, a one-stop-shop digital service supporting the Berkshire workforce.

Business in the Community

Business in the Community (BITC) works with companies in the UK and internationally, who are committed to improving their impact on society.


biz4Biz provides business networking, marketing, advice and sustainability support for SMEs in the east of England.

British Chambers of Commerce

British Chambers of Commerce help British businesses to build relationships. They connect businesses locally with decision-makers, opportunities and other businesses locally, nationally and internationally.

Business West

Business West is a certified B-Corp offering business support across the South West. They can help guide you through the skills and funding landscape to access support which most businesses don’t even know exists.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority works with key stakeholders, including Government departments, universities and businesses, to grow the local and national economy.

Careers and Enterprise Company

The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) are the national body for careers education in England, supporting schools and colleges to deliver 21st century careers education, and helping every young person to find their best next step.

Chartered Management Institute

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) encourages management development, carries out research and produces a wide variety of publications on management interests.

Chelmsford City Council

There are a number of organisations in Chelmsford that can help you with your business, from giving advice to providing funding.

Chemicals North West

Chemicals North West is the industry-led, chemical cluster support organisation for the chemical sector in the North West. They support and promote the interests and activities of the chemistry-using industries.

Cheshire and Warrington LEP

Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) aims to create and grow the UK’s healthiest, most sustainable, inclusive and growing economy.


The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is a professional association for human resource management professionals.

Composites UK

Composites UK is the trade association for the UK composites industry. They bring companies throughout the supply chain together, creating partnerships and a unified voice to drive the industry forward.

Confederation of British Industry

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is the UK’s leading business organisation, representing 190,000 businesses of all sizes from all sectors.

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LEP

The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is responsible for driving economic growth and the creation of quality jobs. Their Growth & Skills Hub offers a free and impartial business support service to local businesses.

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a small, friendly team supporting business growth, innovation and skills development in Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Derby City and Derbyshire.

Department for Education

A range of government programmes, are available for employers who are considering hiring employees, offering work experience or upskilling existing staff, some of which offer financial incentives.


The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) work with employers and training providers to give the engineering construction industry workforce the skills it needs to meet the challenges of the future.

Engineering and Machinery Alliance

Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA) are an umbrella organisation of like-minded associations that represent SME manufacturers.

Engineering & Manufacturing Network

The Engineering & Manufacturing Network (EMN) is dedicated to building and strengthening the engineering and manufacturing community in North East England.


Enginuity is a charity dedicated to finding new ways to close skills gaps in UK engineering and manufacturing.

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) offer their members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice heard in government.

GFirst LEP

The mission of GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is to make Gloucestershire great by driving sustainable economic growth throughout the county.

Glass and Glazing Federation

The Glass and Glazing Federation is the representative body for companies that make, supply, or fit glass and glazing products including double glazing and conservatories.

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is a collaborative partnership working to benefit everyone who lives and works in the area, using business-focused targeted interventions.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK with over 4,200 members. They provide business support, sector-based services, and networking opportunities.

Hertfordshire LEP

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are working to accelerate business-led economic growth, unlock job creation and support the scale-up of SMEs.

Hull & East Yorkshire LEP

Free and impartial information, advice, guidance and signposting for all businesses in the Hull and East Yorkshire region, including the HEY Growth Hub.

Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors (IOD) is a business organisation for company directors, senior business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Institutes of Technology

Institutes of Technology (IoTs) are a national network of experienced education providers and leading industry employers, working in close partnerships to deliver world-class technical education and training.

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Kent Invicta Chamber offers a range of membership services. Discover now how their service can enhance, protect and connect your business, beyond just the UK.

Knowsley Chamber of Commerce

Knowsley Chamber is a proactive organisation that works with you to help your business develop and grow.

Lancashire LEP

Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a strategic collaboration between business, universities and local councils which directs economic growth and drives job creation.

Liverpool City Region

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority offer a range of services to residents and businesses in the local area, including Be More, the online skills, careers and apprenticeships portal.

LCR Finance Hub

A single access help point for SMEs within the Liverpool City Region and surrounding areas, who are trying to access external funding, help and support.

LEP Network

The LEP Network enables and promotes all 36 Local Enterprise Partnerships across England to work together on national shared interests to engage with Government and stakeholders.

London Business Hub

The London Business Hub offers a range of resources to help London’s businesses to start, sustain and grow.

Make UK

Formerly known as EEF, Make UK champions engineering & manufacturing in the UK, supporting businesses around the country.

Manufacturing Technologies Association

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is the UK’s trade association for companies in the manufacturing technology sector.

North East Ambition

North East Ambition supports schools and colleges to provide the best possible career guidance for children and young people. Improving career guidance leads to better links between the classroom and the world of work.

North East England Chamber of Commerce

North East England Chamber of Commerce believe that business is stronger together, and want to create a world where businesses in North East England thrive as a collective force.

Northumberland County Council

Northumberland County Council seeks to focus on supporting the development of a robust and diverse economy and sustainable communities across Northumberland.


Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) is creating a highly skilled, adaptable workforce to position Oxfordshire as a top three Global Innovation Ecosystem by 2040.

Packaging Federation

The Packaging Federation is a unique representative body for companies and organisations in the UK packaging manufacturing sector and associated activities.

Science Council

The Science Council is dedicated to supporting and recognising emerging talent in science. They offer resources and developments for each of the technical education routes, including tailored support for individuals, employers and providers.

Somerset Education Business Partnership

Somerset Education Business Partnership aim to improve connections between employers, schools, colleges and work-related learning providers throughout Somerset.

South East Local Enterprise Partnership

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) provides the clear vision and strategic leadership to drive sustainable private sector-led growth and job creation in their area.

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce has been representing the interests of local businesses for 200 years.


STEMPOINT East is an educational charity that provides a link between education and STEM industry. Our aim is to encourage children to enjoy STEM subjects at all ages and consider the many routes that can lead to a STEM career.

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Sussex Chamber of Commerce work with local business leaders, employer networks and education providers to provide business advice, services and skills development, including a wide range of resources and activities via Future Skills Sussex.


TechSkills is the employer-led body for digital skills. They are not-for-profit and responsible for Tech Industry Gold, the only industry accreditation for education and training relevant to digital and tech careers.


techUK is the UK’s technology trade association. They create a network for innovation and collaboration across business, government and stakeholders to provide a better future for people, society, the economy and the planet.

The 5% Club

5% Club members are public and private companies who want to make a difference. Their 700+ members represent over 1,600,000 employees, of whom around 93,000 are engaged in “earn and learn” workplace learning schemes.

West of England Combined Authority

The West of England Combined Authority offers a range of services to businesses and residents, including both the Skills Connect and Growth Hub Services.

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

West and North Yorkshire Chamber exists to connect, support and represent businesses, from start-up ventures, SME businesses through to large enterprises.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

West Yorkshire Combined Authority work with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership to represent the interests of the City Region and promote business growth and workforce skills.