Be the business is a not-for-profit organisation set up by the government to support SMEs. Their website is dedicated to helping small businesses make better use of technology to drive improvements in performance

Who are they?

Be the Business was launched in November 2017 with funding and support from the UK government and some of Britain's leading companies. They work with the entire business community to share what works for today's best businesses with every company that wants to learn and improve. They're here to help every firm in the country improve their own performance, and the performance of those they work with.


They are pro-technology, because they know how powerful it can be.


Implemented well it can be a tremendously powerful tool to improve your business. Unfortunately, there are lots of businesses in the UK who either aren't using technology or aren't getting the most out of it. Be the Business built this website to help them.They'll share stories of failures as well as successes, so we can learn from what can go wrong as well as what works.


Read about Be the Business other work on their main site
Visit the Be the Business website

Why technology?

Used well, technology can allow firms to grow more scalably, to increase the returns they can generate on the same cost base, or to generate the same returns while reducing cost.


Problem is, the UK lags behind many other economies when it comes to how many of our firms are using these technologies. This is a major driver of the so-called 'productivity puzzle', making us less competitive, less prosperous, and preventing wage growth. Even in firms that are making the choice to use technology, too many of them are failing to implement successfully and so are failing to extract the full benefits that technology can bring.


This site is intended to help address this problem, providing business leaders with independent, trustworthy advice and resources developed from conversations with their peers.


Learn about the software you could use
Take a look at Be the Business technology explainers
Read the guides


Is it really free?

Yes, completely. All the information on this site and all the resources you can download are free. They are not selling anything. Their not in cahoots with vendors. They just want to help. This site and its content is supported by government funding and our only objective is to provide the best support to businesses that they can.


You can download their free step by step guide to introducing new technology in your business here - adoption and implementation guide

How has this content been developed?

All the content on this site has been developed from conversations that they have had with business leaders. They have spent months gathering as many stories of technology adoption as they could, going across the country and speaking to firms of different sizes and in different sectors about how they have used technology, the challenges they have faced, and how they have overcome them. Be the Business hope that these stories, and the resources they have pulled together based on them, can inspire more UK firms to adopt these technologies, and support those that do so they can have even greater success.

The team are here to help. Please use the contact form, leave a voicemail message on 01293 305965 or send an email to with your name, contact details, postcode and support request.

Nasser Elaheebocus

Business Account Manager

Ryan Davies

Business Account Manager

Taygan Paxton

Business Insight & Marketing Coordinator

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