At HJS Accountants we can provide businesses in the Southampton area with advice and support on a wide range of business issues. This article suggests 7 ways to protect your business against a downturn.

Small and medium-sized businesses are particularly vulnerable to economic downturns. But all too often we see companies going under that could have stayed afloat if they had taken a few elementary precautions at the right time.

The right time to protect your business against a downturn is when it is relatively strong and you still have room to manoeuvre.

Here are seven steps you should consider taking:

  1. Don't rely on just one or two main accounts for the bulk of your revenue. Spread the risk by expanding your customer/client base.
  2. Maintain close communication with your bank and share your successes and failures with them.
  3. Reduce the debtor days on as many accounts as possible and accustom your customers to paying promptly.
  4. If you have to reduce spending, do so in non-core areas of the business.
  5. Examine ways to carry less stock without adversely affecting your core performance
  6. Don't lay off staff unless you really have to, especially those who provide ideas and inspiration. Use any downturn as an opportunity for key staff to develop new skills and coach newer members.
  7. The marketing budget is often the first casualty in a recession, but smart businesses continue to market through a downturn and position themselves to take full advantage of the upturn as soon as it starts.

If you are in the Southampton area and are looking for support and help from experienced accountants and business advisers, contact HJS Accountants.

Southampton Office

12-14 Carlton Place
Southampton
Hampshire
SO15 2EA

Tel: 02380 234 222

Winchester Office

6 Charlecote Mews
Staple Gardens
Winchester
SO23 8SR

Tel: 01962 842000

Reading Office

3 Richfield Place
Richfield Avenue
Reading, Berkshire
RG1 8EQ

Tel: 0118 9511 115

London Office

90 Long Acre
Covent Garden
London
WC2E 9RZ

Tel: 0203 470 0777