Are you a new business?
Is money tight?
Do you need a website?
The problem therefore is getting a basic website set up that is high quality and is cheap.
However, as is often the case, you do get what you pay for. A cheap website will look cheap, no matter how it is dressed up, it is hard to get a high quality anything for paying nothing.
There are many freelance wesbite designers, and even free website shops that can get cheap websites (or free websites set up); however these invariably do look less than professional.
New businesses do want to make a splash, make an impact and get themselves up and running in officces with staff working and phones buzzing. But the website (these days) is often one of the first things to consider (and one of the more important things to consider).
Google did launch GBBO (Get British Businesses Online) some time ago, in a bid to get UK companies up and running on the web, however there were bad reviews as to the quality of the sites.
For new businesses, it is wise to talk to a few website designers, rather than getting a cheap website (or free website) in place, getting a basic website is a much better choice (although a little more risky price wise). However, website design prices for new companies can be very affordable (less than £1,000) and can be developed and built on.