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Free Help And Advice For Merseyside Businesses September 3, 2008

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If you’re running a successful business or just starting up, you’ll know how crucial it is to keep up to date with developments that make life easier. But when there aren’t enough hours in the day, where do you find the time to speak to all the organisations that can help you?

Thanks to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), getting to grips with all your business information requirements could be easier than you think. In September HMRC and its partner organisations will be offering free help and advice at Aintree Racecourse.  HMRC’s successful Business Advice Open Days (BAOD) will visit the Aintree Racecourse on 25 September 2008 from 09.30am to 3.30pm.

Interested In Fiddling The Petty Cash? July 28, 2008

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North West Fraud Forum

Through a unique public and private sector partnership the aim of the North West Fraud Forum is to combat fraud by raising awareness in the region.

Membership of this not-for-profit organisation is open to any business, organisation or individual and currently includes Government agencies, fraud practitioners and potential victims of fraud. The Forum provides the opportunity to share experience and best practice and holds a series of events, free-of-charge to members, where industry experts impart their knowledge and advice.

Anyone is encouraged to visit the Forum’s website where we publish news, details of scams and prevention tips to promote fraud awareness. Access to the website is at: http://www.northwestfraudforum.co.uk

Laptop Crime Prevention Advice June 17, 2008

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I dares ya!Please find attached some valuable information to safeguard your laptop from Liverpool Chamber’s Business Crime Direct team. At the moment the city centre is a ‘hot spot’ for thefts of laptops. This information may protect you from being the next victim.

Laptop theft is a significant threat to business security. A stolen laptop often means a loss of sensitive and valuable data stored on the machine, which could have a detrimental effect on your business this could ultimately lead to a risk of identity theft.

Having a computer stolen has a cost – and not just the money you spend buying it or the money to replace it. There’s the inconvenience to you, your staff and company, the loss of records and the possible loss of business.

Evidence shows that a victim of computer theft has a significantly higher risk of suffering another theft usually within three months

There are some simple precautions that can be taken now to protect your equipment and business. You can:

  • Always lock the door to your office
  • Going to lunch, or taking a break? Carry your laptop with you or secure it in a locked area
  • If not in use put it in a safe and lock it. Remember it’s small and portable.
  • Ensure business survival! Back up all data to another storage device TODAY.
  • Introduce appropriate access control for the building and areas where computers are in use
  • If a laptop is carried in a vehicle store it within a purpose made safe within the boot, it may be inconvenient but the loss of the computer is more so.
  • Make it unique to you or your company. Mark it in such a way that it’s readily identifiable. This will reduce its saleability and make it easier to trace.
  • Anchor equipment to solid furniture, floors or walls using appropriate means. Remember it’s only as good as what it’s fastened to!
  • Review existing security precautions, regularly.

This list is not exhaustive –  it is designed to increase awareness.

If you need more advice contact your local Police Crime Reduction Officer who will be pleased to offer advice and provide a security assessment of your premises as required.

The staff at the mobile Police Station, which is located each day in Lord Street, outside what was The Gap will security mark laptops and mobile telephones for you….FREE OF CHARGE….

The Mobile Police station is there from 0930 to 1530 Monday to Friday.  All details are on the Police website www.mersyside.police.uk and look under Neighbourhood- newsletter.

The is also the facility at the Mobile Police station  to register you mobile telephone with National Mobile Phone Register  (NMPR).  Should your mobile phone be located when lost/stolen the register will be checked immediately and if you have registered you will be re-united with it.

Free Business Surgery For Chamber Members From ERC March 5, 2008

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erc-logo.jpgERC are a leading firm of accountants and tax advisors who for over thirty years have provided professional and practical support to many of the North West’s best known businesses.

As a totally unique service we have teamed up with a number of top business advisors, all of whom have many years of successful experience providing professional business advice to commercial organisations.

ERC are also Auditors to Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and as an introduction to our business services, the partners of ERC would like to invite fellow Chamber Members to our second free business surgery event. – (Our first was a major success with many visitors going away with invaluable advice and information.)

You will be able to seek advice from experts in:

•    Accountancy  – financial matters affecting your business
•    Tax planning – efficient tax planning by giving less of your hard earned cash away to the tax man
•    Sales and marketing – how to win more business – profitably
•    Employment Law – Avoiding those costly employment law errors and compliance with the law
•    HR services and people management– Your people are your greatest asset – get the best from your investment
•    Independent Financial advice – plan for your future
•    Insurance advice for you and your business

The event takes place on Tuesday 11th March between 1pm and 6pm.

The only commitment required from you is your time, we will provide the location, plenty of free parking, refreshments and the expertise to make sure you get quality advice on the issues that are affecting your business – THIS IS TOTALLY FREE.

You can meet with as many experts as you want providing you have pre booked your appointment. This is a great opportunity for you to discuss your business needs with independent experts, brought together by the forward thinking partners of Edward Robinson & Co

To book your appointments please call Cathy Ellis on 0151 702 5620 or email cathy.ellis@ercacc.co.uk

We look forward to meeting you on the 11th March.