business resilience

What’s keeping you awake at night?

As we kick off a new year, we’ve put together a checklist of potential areas of concern and ways we might be able to help you navigate those concerns in 2024. These are the items (both financial and operational) that could be niggling away at you in the early hours of the morning or when you are out walking or having a run.

Let us know if we can help you take action with some of these. Our team is ready to assist.

Financial Planning and Cash Flow Management

  • Budgeting and Forecasting: Reviewing and updating financial forecasts to account for current economic conditions, including inflation and its impact on costs and sales prices.
  • Cash Flow Management: Strategies for improving cash flow, such as optimising inventory levels, renegotiating terms with suppliers, and managing credit terms with customers.

Cost Control and Efficiency

  • Expense Review: Identifying areas for cost reduction without compromising product or service quality.
  • Operational Efficiency: Exploring ways to increase productivity and efficiency, such as adopting new technologies or streamlining processes.

Debt and Financing

  • Debt Management: Discuss strategies for managing existing debt and considerations before deciding to take on new debt.
  • Financing Options: Explore financing options that might be more favourable in the current economic climate, including government grants or subsidies.

Risk Management

  • Interest Rate Risk: Assessing the risk of fluctuating interest rates, especially for businesses with variable-rate loans.
  • Market Risks: Evaluating the impact of market volatility on revenue;
  • Operation Risks: What happens if your office get flooded, a major supplier fails, you lose a major client or a senior team member?
  • Cyber security & Privacy Risks
  • Environmental, climate change & natural disaster risks.

Tax Planning

  • Tax Efficiency: Strategies for minimising tax liabilities, including taking advantage of new tax laws or changes.
  • Restructuring: Look at more tax-effective structures when a business has outgrown the advantages of their current structure.
  • Succession Planning: Discuss succession plans and the tax implications of transferring ownership and/or management.

Investment in Technology and Innovation

  • Adoption of Technology: Identifying opportunities to invest in technology to improve efficiency, reduce costs, or create new revenue streams.
  • Innovation: Encouraging innovation to differentiate and add value, potentially opening up new markets or customer segments.

Environmental and Regulatory Changes

  • Compliance: Stay abreast of regulatory changes that could impact operations, including environmental regulations.
  • Sustainability: Discuss strategies for sustainable practices that can reduce costs or improve brand image.

Mental Health and Well-being

  • Support Services: Highlight the importance of mental health and discuss support services available for business owners, their families and their employees dealing with stress and uncertainty.

Market Diversification

  • Diversification Strategies: Explore options for diversifying income streams, such as adding new products or services, to reduce dependency on a single market or customer base.

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