Government Organisations


Acas aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. They provide up-to-date information, independent advice, high quality training and work with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance.



Formerly known as the Department for Trade & Industry, the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) produces a range of publications that are specifically designed to help those in business.

Help, business advice and support service.


Chamber of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce comprise a national network of quality-accredited Chambers of Commerce, all uniquely positioned at the heart of every business community in the UK and representing more than 100,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy - equivalent to four million jobs. Accredited Chambers seek to represent the interests and support the competitiveness and growth of all businesses in their communities and regions.


Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers. Every Citizens Advice Bureau is a registered charity reliant on trained volunteers and funds to provide these vital services for local communities.



Directgov brings together the widest range of public service information and services online. Produced by the Central Office of Information, Directgov provides information from across UK government departments including topics relevant to small businesses and employees such as employment rights and health and safety requirements.


Disability Rights Commission

Information for business owners, employers and employees on complying with the Disability Discrimination Act.


Employer Tribunals Service

The Employment Tribunals have a public enquiry line to answer your queries, provide information about tribunal publications and explain how the tribunal system works. Although, it cannot give you legal advice, such as advising you on your claim or response.


Equality & Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission combines the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). The Commission offers information to individuals and employers through a comprehensive and via a helpline.



The Hair & Beauty Benevolent (HABB) is the Industry's official charity. Created in 1831, it supports professionals and family members who may require financial assistance and also has a separate Children's Welfare Fund, for those children whose parents are connected to the Industry. Membership is open to people in the professional hair and beauty trade. 



Habia is the government approved standards setting body for beauty therapy, nail, spa and hairdressing, and creates the standards that form the basis of all qualifications including NVQs, Apprenticeships and codes of practice. A central point of contact for information, HABIA provide guidance on careers, business development, legislation, salon safety, equal opportunities, and are responsible to government on industry issues such as training and skills.


Health and Safety Executive

Britain's Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for the regulation of almost all the risks to health and safety arising from work activity in Britain. Their mission is to protect people's health and safety by ensuring risks in the changing workplace are properly controlled.


Healthcare Commission

The Healthcare Commission (HCC) is responsible for regulating and inspecting the independent healthcare sector in England including some cosmetic procedures, under the provisions of the Care Standards Act 2000.

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales is responsible for regulating and inspecting the independent healthcare sector in Wales including some cosmetic procedures, under the provisions of the Care Standards Act 2000.

HM Revenue & Customs (formerly Inland Revenue)

HMRC is responsible for collecting the bulk of tax revenue as well as paying tax credits and child benefit, and strengthening the UK’s frontiers. Contact them for information on Income, Corporation, Capital Gains, Inheritance, Insurance Premium, and Stamp duties, Environmental taxes, VAT, National Insurance, Tax Credits, Child Benefit and the Child Trust Fund, and enforcement of the National Minimum Wage.



Indoor Tanning Association

Founded in 1999, the Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) represents thousands of indoor tanning manufacturers, distributors, facility owners and members from other supporting industries. The ITA was founded to protect the freedom of individuals to acquire a suntan, via natural or artificial light. As part of their service to the industry and the tanning public, the ITA tracks legislative developments that potentially have a bearing on indoor tanning activities.


Information Commissioner

The Information Commissioner's Office is the UK's independent authority set up to promote access to official information and to protect personal information. Contact the Office for information on complying with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


National Federation of Enterprise Agencies (NFEA)

The National Federation of Enterprise Agencies (NFEA) is the membership body for Local Enterprise Agencies, and other like-minded organisations, in England. It forms a network of independent, not for profit local agencies committed to responding to the needs of small and growing businesses by providing a comprehensive range of quality services.


Performing Rights Society

To play music in your salon you must have a licence from the Performing Rights Society. Visit this site for information on the current licence fees.


Requlation & Quality Improvement Authority

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority is responsible for regulating and inspecting the independent healthcare sector in Northern Ireland including some cosmetic procedures.

The Care Commission

The Care Commission is responsible for regulating and inspecting the independent healthcare sector in Scotland including some cosmetic procedures.

Trading Standards

Trading Standards offer consumer protection information in the UK. This site provides a wealth of information for consumers and businesses on fair-trading and complying with the Trades Descriptions Act 1984.

Dedicated to helping small businesses.