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Business Support

Business SupportWest Somerset Council is working with partners to ensure that those wishing to succeed in business in the district are able to access the support they need.

A range of practical help is available whether you are already in business or thinking of starting a new venture.

Click on one of the tabs on the left to view the detail of the support available. A summary bulletin is also available at the right hand side of this page.

To ensure you are kept informed of the latest activity sign up to receive the monthly business e-bulletin.

National Business Support Helpline

In addition to the support listed on these pages, the National Business Support Helpline offers advice and guidance to new and existing businesses including information on national and local schemes, grants and loans to help companies start and grow. See www.greatbusiness.gov.uk or telephone: 03004 563 565 Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm.

Cyber-attack advice for businesses

It is important for businesses to fully appreciate the threat from cyber-attack and understand the measures that can be taken to limit the risks. This has been further highlighted following the global coordinated ransomware attack in May 2017. General guidance can be found on The National Cyber Security Centre website. A direct link to the latest on protecting against ransomware is www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/ransomware-latest-ncsc-guidance

For general guidance on protecting against ransomware visit www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/protecting-your-organisation-ransomware the guidance is summarised below:

Three simple steps for companies to undertake: 

  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