Business East Sussex Support Sessions come to Brighton!

The team at Business East Sussex are pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at this year’s Let’s Do Business Brighton exhibition as part of the innovative new Enterprise Zone. The zone, sponsored by Barclays Eagle Labs will feature local business support services offering exhibitors and exhibition goers the opportunity to find out about business growth, funding and support sessions.

Among the support services on offer from the BES business experts, will be access to finance including grants that are available now for SMEs in the East Sussex area. Available through the European Regional Development Fund, the grants available for businesses in the region start from £1,000 and go up to a maximum of £10,000. The Enterprise Zone support sessions will enable companies to find out if they could be eligible and how to begin the application process.

There will also be the opportunity to put questions to Business East Sussex’s Business Support Navigators in real time following previous support sessions instrumented via the hashtag #AskFred. The Business East Sussex team, made up of 10 business experts, each with their own area of expertise, will also be informing visitors about free events taking place in the local business community including Ready for Business events for start-ups and entrepreneurs, and marketing workshops to help businesses with promotion.

This year’s exhibition takes place at a new venue, the Amex Stadium in Falmer on June 14th and will offer an exciting array of speakers, stands and networking opportunities. For those wanting to make the most out of the day, there will be a pre-event networking breakfast with Juice FM at the Stadium, and post-expo exhibitors and visitors are invited to network in the Sussex Skills Solutions Lounge while watching the first game of the 2018 World Cup.

The Business East Sussex team have a wealth of experience offering support services and funding to a number of businesses from a variety of industries – you can read about ways they’ve recently helped other businesses and may be able to help you too by visiting our case study page. In total over the last 12 months, the 10-strong team has engaged with over a thousand businesses, as well as offering support consultations to 450.

Business East Sussex is hoping to extend its offering of support and access to funding to more female entrepreneurs across the county, following a successful 12 months helping female led businesses. This has led to Business East Sussex sponsoring the Medium Business category at the JP South Events Women in Business awards taking place this July. Judging for the event takes place on 29th May and the panel will include a member of the Business East Sussex team.

Ian Smallwood, Head of Business Services for Business East Sussex says “The Business East Sussex team is often out and about in East Sussex meeting businesses and spreading the word about how owners can benefit from our services. It’s great to be a part of this year’s Enterprise Zone, which makes life for busy and time poor business owners easy by offering a number of support services all under one roof. The Business East Sussex team is looking forward to meeting everyone on stand B1 on June 14th.”

To find out how Business East Sussex could help your business please visit the contact us page.

To find out more about the Let’s Do Business exhibition and Enterprise Zone, or to pre-register please visit letsdobusiness.org/brighton-expo


How to prevent a cyber attack

With recent high profile cyber-attacks, like the one which disabled the NHS and hit 150 countries, more and more companies are looking at their own protection and asking: is it enough? Here, Business East Sussex looks at what businesses can do to limit their risks in the event of such an attack.

It was the ransomware attack that brought the NHS to its knees.

The virus exploits a flaw in Microsoft Windows identified by, and stolen from, US intelligence.

But, if you keep your systems up-to-date, you should be safer than those that don’t.

Recent visitors to our Cyber Attack event in Crowborough were told first-hand how ransomware can take over your computer, lock your systems and demand you make a payment… the ‘ransom’, to release your files. They also learnt how to limit the risk of falling victim to such an assault.

Microsoft says it released a Windows security update in March to tackle the problem involved in the latest attack, but many users were yet to run it.

There are a number of easy-to-implement defences against ransomware which very considerably reduce the risk of attack and the impact of successful attacks.

Protect

Unfortunately, these simple steps to protect against ransomware are not being applied by either the public or organisations as thoroughly as they should be. These are:

  1. Keep your organisation’s security software patches up to date
  2. Use proper anti-virus software services
  3. Most importantly for ransomware, back up the data that matters to you, because you can’t be held to ransom for data you hold somewhere else.

Home users and small businesses can take the following steps to protect themselves:

  1. Run Windows Update
  2. Make sure your AntiVirus product is up to date and run a scan – If you don’t have one install one of the free trial versions from a reputable vendor
  3. If you have not done so before, this is a good time to think about backing important data up – You can’t be held to ransom if you’ve got the data somewhere else.

You can also download the latest security updates for a host of Windows’ products here:

Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64, Windows Server 2003 SP2 x86, Windows XP SP2 x64, Windows XP SP3 x86, Windows XP Embedded SP3 x86, Windows 8 x86, and Windows 8 x64.

As Ian Smallwood, Head of Business Services of Business East Sussex, explains: “We’re here to help businesses with whatever they need and that does not always mean financial support.

“In 2017 it has become increasingly apparent that this means helping SMEs with their cyber security and IT infrastructure. That’s why we have held an event on cyber security this year with an IT expert and it’s why we’re holding an event on cloud computing  in conjunction with Microsoft and Sussex firm Astec Computing.”

The event, which will take place 9.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday, 24 May at Business at Ocean House, St Leonards-on-Sea, is aimed at managing directors and financial directors.

To express an interest in attending this exclusive event, businesses should visit: https://bes-powerofthecloud.eventbrite.co.uk


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