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Strategy planning for 2022

Written by Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce | 18 Nov 2021

With the new year looming on the horizon and the economy finally getting back on track, with specialists predicting we will be back to a pre-Covid economy by December, now is the perfect time to be thinking about the future of your business and looking at your strategic plans for 2022 and beyond.

Here at the Chamber, we can provide you with specialist one-to-one support to help your business succeed and grow in 2022.  Read on to find out more.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail

Having a robust business plan is fundamental for any business and, especially after the tumultuous year we have had, it has never been more important.  Reviewing your current business plan to analyse your business’ mission, core strengths and weaknesses, and articulate your goals, will enable you to create the right strategy for the road ahead.

Key consideration must be given to the current position of your business, your competitive advantage and what makes you distinct, your growth plans, your resources and your financial objectives.  These are the building blocks of your strategy and will enable you to put the right measures in place to achieve success.

Being a member of the Chamber means you don’t have to run your business on your own and we can support you with your strategic planning.  Whether through our specialist one-to-one support or through one of our programmes, such as the Productivity and Growth Programme which is a free service that offers business support to guide you through the next steps on your business journey, or the ARG funded Wider Business Support Programme which supports businesses that have shown resilience throughout the pandemic and have the ability to grow in the future.


Securing funding to reach your goals

Funding is a crucial element for any business and securing this ahead of time is key to successful business growth. Businesses can struggle to access the finance they need, and with a vast array of grants, funding schemes and lenders available to businesses, knowing which ones to approach and apply for can be confusing.

This is why we provide specialist support to help businesses source appropriate funding tailored to their specific business needs and facilitate grant applications.  To make things even easier, we have also developed our Chamber Finance Finder tool which allows member businesses fast and simple access to all funding options from loans, equity and grants – simplifying, speeding up and streamlining the application process.


Exploring new markets and going global

It could be that your strategy for next year involves exploring new markets to grow your customer base.  Whether you are considering exporting for the first time or you already trade internationally and are looking at breaking into new global markets, we are here to help.

Our Go Global Business Support Programme will support you with all your international trade needs.  From one-to-one advice, assistance with documentation, market research and international contracts, webinars from renowned experts, funded training courses, practical support to help overcome the barriers created by the UK-EU Trade & Co-operation agreement, and even introductions to international buyers matched to your specific business requirements, we can support you as you go global.

Business is done better together and by working together we can achieve more.  For more information, support or advice, please visit: or call us on 01582 522 448.

Topics: planning, strategy, business growth

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