Business Planning and Sustainability

Planning is essential if your business is going to be a success.  Planning involves identifying, understanding and communicating where your business is at now, what direction you want it to take and how you're going to get it there. This document and the following vodcast on Business Planning and Sustainability covers the key elements of what to include in a Business Plan, what we mean by sustainability and top tips to achieving sustainability within your childcare business.

Hempsall's are renowned for their support to the early years and childcare sector and their dedication to achieving best practice in services for children, young people and families. 

Hempsall's launched their Business Change & Response Tool. known as the Business Map at the time of the global pandemic but it continues to be useful in addressing any period of change.

The following vodcast from Hempsall's introduces the Business Map;

The Energy Bills Discount Scheme (EBDS) will run from 1st April 2023 – 31st March 2024 and will replace the Energy Bill Relief Scheme which supported businesses and organisations between 1st October 2022 and 31st March 2023.   The EBDS will see eligible non-domestic customers receiving a per-unit discount to their energy bills, subject to a maximum discount, which will be applied if wholesale prices are above a certain price threshold.

Eligibility for the EBDS Baseline Discount will be available to everyone on a non-domestic energy supply contract with a licensed energy supplier, including businesses and voluntary and public sector organisations who are on existing fixed price contracts what were agreed on or after 1st December 2021, signing new fixed price contracts, on deemed/out of contract or variable tariffs or on flexible purchase contracts.  Comparable support will also be extended to non-domestic energy customers who receive gas or electric delivered over public networks from non-licensed providers.

Organisations are encouraged to continue to shop around for the best deals for energy as they vary between suppliers and most non-domestic customers will not see additional support on their energy bills from April and any support is likely to be significantly reduced.

For more information on the EBDS, please visit 

For further information...

  • Owners of Early Years settings (including childminders) can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free and impartial advice at or 0800 998 1098.
  • Equally, Citizens Advice offers free independent advice about business energy contracts and consumer rights. Citizens Advice can be reached via phone at 0808 223 1133 or on their website:

We are also able to share this document on further information and support available to providers in relation to energy costs, which we hope you will find useful.