All-round support for your small business

The UK’s small and start-up business support hub


The Small Business Academy provides small and start-up businesses with the tools, knowledge and skills they need to make their new business a success.

Starting a business takes resilience and bucket loads of determination, but there is also a lot to learn too about how to finance your business, marketing your business, grow your business… and doing it by yourself is tough!

The Academy was founded by Nikki Hesford, a multi-award winning entrepreneur. When starting her own business in 2008, she spent many hours trawling the internet for free or affordable, but reliable, sources of information. Had the right tools and resources been available, she could have saved herself a great deal of time and money in learning how to start and operate a start-up business and she was determined that one day, she would create a hub of support that could be relied upon and trusted by other would-be entrepreneurs. And so…

…The Small Business Academy was born!

How do we help small businesses?

At TSBA we help small and start-up businesses thrive by providing the resources that you need, at the price you can afford

  • Virtual Office for £25 per month allowing you to publish a professional address, rather than your home address, at a low cost

  • Hot Desk for £50 per month

  • Your own desk to use 24/7 for £150 per month

  • Low cost meeting room hire to conduct meetings professionally

  • Affordable online training courses in the skills you need

  • Mentoring from those who have been there, done it and got the T-shirt!

  • Connecting you with other like minded entrepreneurs

  • A closed Facebook Group for help and support from your peers and industry experts

Shared Office Space

Office space is expensive for a start-up business, but shared office space and hot desking offers all the advantages without the costs!

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Online Business Courses

Business Skills are essential, but training is expensive. Our online business courses promise premium quality content at a price you can afford

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Mentoring & Support

One-to-One Mentoring is a great way to sense check ideas and ask for advice. Ad hoc or regularly, our sessions are £45 per hour to ask advice as you need it

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Nikki Hesford is an award-winning entrepreneur as seen on Dragons Den and featured in:

The Small Business Academy has been recognised with the following awards:

BIBAs Finalist New Business of the Year