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Business Continuity Management (BCM) is about identifying those parts of your organisation that you can’t afford to lose – such as information, stock, premises, staff – and planning how to maintain these, if an incident occurs. Any incident, large or small, whether it is natural, accidental or deliberate, can cause major disruption to your organisation. But if you plan now, rather than waiting for it to happen, you will be able to get back to business in the quickest possible time. Delays could mean you lose valuable business to your competitors, or that your customers lose confidence in you.

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The Business Growth Programme is a Liverpool City Region business support project that aims to build both the capacity and confidence within SMEs who are reluctant to engage with existing business support providers for either lack of knowledge, understanding or simply because they are reluctant to pay for existing commercial provision.

The Project will provide participating SMEs with direct advice, guidance and information that will provide a clear route to growth and sustainability. Dedicated face to face interaction coupled with a range of complementary support, will help businesses to begin the journey to growth. Advice will not be prescriptive and will cover core business functions such as finance, business planning, creating sales & marketing, operational review, HR, etc; this will be drawn out within the diagnostic process.

Participating Liverpool City Region (LCR) Local Authorities (LAs) and Chambers of Commerce (CCs)   will work together to deliver a consistent and quantifiable business support programme for eligible LCR SMEs. The project will be delivered through the LCR Local Growth Hub which is co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Partnership to help bring a more cohesive approach to business support across the city-region.

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Support, advice and inspiration for growing your business

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Do you run a successful business or social enterprise and are looking to grow?

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education and business support services. 10,000 Small Businesses is funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation
The programme provides high-quality, practical education specifically tailored to the needs of UK small business leaders.  Participants will receive 100 hours of teaching designed by leading experts and delivered through online and residential sessions led by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, together with Aston University, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University. The programme is fully funded for successful applicants. Participants will benefit from:
•    Specialist workshops
•    Business coaching
•    Networking opportunities 
•    Exposure to a network of professional experts and one-to-one support
•    A network of 10,000 Small Business graduates

Deadline for applications is the 14 May 2018.                                                        

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Talk to ICAEW - Business Advice Service (BAS) about what's holding your business back.  Get a free consultation from an ICAEW Chartered Accountant

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Information from HM Revenue & Customs, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Companies House, Department for Work and Pensions, and Valuation Office Agency


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Includes self-employment and starting a business

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It’s simple to start a business from home and growing numbers of people are doing it. There are 2.9m home-based businesses in the UK and they contribute £300 billion to the economy.

As part of its long-term economic plan to back businesses, the government has made it even easier to start a business from home.

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Starting a business takes careful preparation and research. Take good advice at this planning stage, and you may well avoid costly mistakes later on. A business mentor can give you honest and constructive feedback, as well as provide useful contacts and pass on valuable experience. There are mentorship programmes to suit all kinds of businesses, including startups.

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If you’re thinking of starting a business, you first need to come up with a realistic idea you can turn into a product or service.

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Information on starting a company, company registration and filing

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Government is working to make it easier for small businesses to get reliable access to the right information and support.

The Business is GREAT App, designed to help businesses make better decisions by providing:

  • support and advice on the go, directly to a mobile device
  • access to real time news, success stories, business tips and government support and advice services
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So you’re ready to start a business. The UK has a very supportive environment for startups, with a flourishing wealth of networks, groups and organisations for all types and style of new business, where you can get practical advice, ideas and make many valuable contacts

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If you start working for yourself, you’re classed as a sole trader - even if you haven’t yet told HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

You must register and follow the rules for self-employed tax and National Insurance.

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Writing a business plan is a vital first step when starting a business, in order to set out your proposition, your market, customers and competitors.  The business planning process will give you a feel for the various elements that will determine your success, from cash flow, to sales forecasting to your personnel structure. A good business plan will let you structure your finances efficiently, show potential investors the strength of your business, and focus your efforts on developing your business. A business plan isn’t written once; it’s a living document that you return to periodically to help you spot potential pitfalls before they happen.


You can get plenty of free advice and guidance on how to write a business plan.

We support ex-forces and their families to start up businesses by providing them with Loans, Mentoring and Support.

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