Chichester Chamber Blog
'In My View'... Spring Clean your Business
There’s been some sad news over the last few months with the demise of a few larger businesses nationally, such as Carillion and Toys R Us, due to changing market conditions and buying habits. Of course, it’s not just the main businesses themselves that go under, it’s also thousands of businesses within their supply chain. So, what went wrong? Sometimes businesses can’t keep up with constantly adapting to suit their customers. That is why it is critical to reflect on how your business operates to ensure it is fresh, current and healthy and that all your eggs aren’t in one basket!
We’re well into Spring now, so perhaps it’s time to Spring Clean your business. There are a lot of areas to consider revisiting to prepare for the financial year ahead. It might be worth taking a long look at your existing policies and procedures to ensure that you are ready to be compliant with the new GDPR legislation that comes into force in May, which is just around the corner. This affects every business, whether you are a sole Trader or a large corporation. Our training to inform members about this important subject was extremely well attended and the feedback was excellent.
Another hot topic right now is Cyber Security, again applicable to all businesses and we were fortunate to have one of our valued members give an insightful talk on this subject at a recent Big Breakfast a monthly event that is held in partnership between Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chichester College Group. If you’re looking to network and enjoy a full English Breakfast, this might be the event for you.
On the development side of things, have you considered whether your staff hold the right skills to drive your business forward? There’s plenty of training, support and business advice available locally and right now it’s free, so why not take advantage of the opportunities on offer?
What about marketing and brand, does this need an overhaul, are you getting your presence known and ‘out there’?
Do you make the time to go and meet new businesses and network, or attend Business Expos? There are 2 of these coming up, in May and July, so go along and make new contacts! Personally, I’ve always felt that it is important to make time for these, to forge bonds and relationships with your local business community as ‘People buy People’ – it’s not always about price, it’s about trust and reputation. Why not make a Spring Resolution to find out more?
As your local thriving and vibrant Chamber, we can help you with all these points, we have a fantastic and diverse membership base who are always willing to help and point you in the right direction.
If you’d like to meet informally, we hold regular ‘Drop in for Drinks’ evenings – come and join us and say hello!
All the information is on our website.
Sue Garman, CEO (Shared role), Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry