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The Business Resilience Programme from Dorset LEP and Smith & Williamson will help Dorset-based businesses develop strategies and plans to managing cash flow now and in coming months so they’re in a position to continue trading as the UK emerges from the crisis.

The Business Resilience Programme is fully funded through Dorset Gateway, Dorset LEP’s business growth hub - part of the national Growth Hub network - providing an informed and bespoke service, free to any Dorset-based businesses looking for help to source appropriate available solutions for growth and development.

The programme will be delivered between July and October through a series of five themed webinars, supported by funded 1-2-1 business consultancy.

Webinar 1: Return from furlough, redundancies, redeploying, retraining: What should you be thinking about now?

  • Your staffing options explained - Deborah West, Steele Raymond
  • How to factor the financial impact of staffing decisions into your cash-flow - Amy Harper, Smith & Williamson
  • Managing change: How to make tough HR decisions whilst minimising risk both in the short and long term - Marion Hewitt, Protea Solutions.

Webinar takes place on Thursday 30 July, 11:30 - 13:00. Register your interest on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/114277226260


Webinar 2: Planning for the future: Trading out of COVID-19.

  • Product, project and service profitability: How do you pivot your business to maximise return?
  • Cash-flow and business modelling: Tax planning and business restructuring as you continue to trade
  • The impact of your staffing decisions on the business: Office vs remote working
  • Customer fulfilment and supply chain.

Webinar takes place on Thursday 10 September, 10:30 - 12:00. Register your interest on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/114288197074


Webinar 3: Customers and suppliers – are you doing your due diligence?

  • Who are your customers? Do you have a reliable supply chain?
  • Sourcing from overseas vs UK, what to do and what to avoid
  • Bad debt: Payment terms and supplier contracts
  • Talking to your customers: Marketing is more important than ever!

Webinar takes place on Wednesday 23 September, 10:30 - 12:00. Register your interest on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/114289880108


Webinar 4: Cash continues to be king.

  • Cash-flow: What should you be thinking about?
  • Tax planning and business restructuring to maximise cash-flow
  • Understanding your management accounts: How to run your business based on fact not hunch

Webinar takes place on Thursday 8 October, 10:30 - 12:00. Register your interest on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/114291531046


Webinar 5: Where do we go from here? Growth strategies to ensure future sustainability.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity / Venture Capital investment
  • Equity Investment Scheme.

Webinar takes place on Wednesday 21 October, 10:30 - 12:00. Register your interest on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/114292221110