Start-ups and SMEs have been told it is never too early to protect your business from cyber crime and physical damage.

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) has published a comprehensive guide for smaller businesses with input from Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and cyber and resilience experts.

It tackles issues from fire safety and GDPR to cyber resilience and counter terrorism, SBRC’s SME Business Resilience Start-up Guide covers every concern a small business might face in their initial years.

Eamonn Keane, chief operating officer for Cyber and Innovation at SBRC said: “On top of trying to grow their businesses, SMEs are under pressure from every corner – cybercrime, fraud, business resilience and tens of other issues a stressed small business owner might not even think of.

“The most common reasons businesses fail can be down to reasons like mismanagement or even location but a lack of experience and vital support in the industry can also be a contributing factor.

“The guidance relates to enhancing business resilience and can be applied to all companies across the varied spectrum of the SME sector.

“The guide provides both general resilience advice, while also concentrating on the primary tasks identified for new SMEs – these risks can particularly impact business within the first year of operation.

“By providing SMEs with a strong foundation in business resilience on which to build and expand their knowledge, this will afford them a greater chance of developing into a sustainable, profitable enterprise.”

The SME Business Resilience Start-up Guide is free to download by clicking here.



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