Covid-19: Business & Enterprise Support

Useful information, resources and ideas for business owners, sole traders and freelancers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last updated: May 19th, 2020

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There are also pages for the Education & Community sectors and Business & Enterprise

 

Emergency planning 

Business Resilience and Recovery webinar series – 12 – 1pm

27 May – The Digital Device Landscape
29 May – Crisis Innovation
1st June – Digital Transformation
4th June – Exploiting Agility for Advantage

>> from SUSSEX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – scheme to improve business’ competitiveness, innovation and productivity through funded partnerships with academics and researchers

>> from GOV.UK


SME100: Sky’s £1m SME Support Scheme to help 100 small businesses with free AdSmart campaigns

>> from SKY


9 useful podcast episodes for out of work freelancers

>> from CREATIVE BLOQ


The government’s Self Employment Income Support scheme is now open for applications

>> from GOV.UK


Incredibly useful and easy to navigate interactive workforce planner

>> from CIPD


Covid-19: returning to the workplace. Guide to help you plan your organisation’s next steps following a period of furlough or once lockdown measures start easing.

>> from CIPD


Chancellor announces extension to the furlough scheme

>> from GOV.UK


Top-up to local business grants fund scheme. Discretionary fund for businesses previously outside the scope of the business grants fund scheme

>> from GOV.UK


Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme: £1million fund to help seafood businesses in England increase the supply of local seafood to domestic markets

>> from GOV.UK


Future Fund (launches in May). Large government backed loans for innovative companies (eg life sciences, R&D) that are facing difficulties due to coronavirus

>> from GOV.UK


Bounce Back Loans. Government backed loans of £2-50,000 to support SME resilience during COVID-19

>> from GOV.UK


Open4Business. Free support tool for councils to help their local businesses.

>> from GRANTFINDER


National business response network. Connecting business support to community need in the COVID-19 crisis

>> from BUSINESS RESPONSE COVID


The government has launched a new ‘financial support finder tool’ for businesses and self employed people

>> from GOV.UK


Facebook are building in the ability to charge for Facebook Live events and introducing a free video conference calling service

>> from LATER


Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund – for social enterprises that are experiencing disruption due to Covid-19

>> from SOCIAL INVESTMENT BUSINESS


Crisis communication and management templates

>> from HUBSPOT


Extensive series of 20 free webinars designed to support UK businesses to get help, protect their business and save jobs

>> from NEWABLE


Webinar – Learn how to start an online business with Amazon – tips from e-commerce experts

>> from SMALL BUSINESS BRITAIN


Various webinars and Facebook live streams relating to aspects of small business

>> from SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY


Fundraising Online – free online conference with wide-ranging content for all your fundraising, changemaking and innovating needs

>> from THE RESOURCE ALLIANCE


Facebook Small Business Grants programme (register to be informed when UK grants are available)

>> from FACEBOOK


The Prince’s Trust and Natwest Enterprise Relief Fund – £5million fund launched for young entrepreneurs (18-30)

>> from PRINCE’S TRUST


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) – Current accredited lenders and partners

>> from BRITISH BUSINESS BANK


Employment and Self-Employment Coronavirus Help

>> from MONEY SAVING EXPERT


Self Employed Summit

>> from THE PROJECTS


Coronavirus Tech Handbook: a crowd-sourced set of tech, tools and data relating to the coronavirus pandemic

>> from NEWSPEAK HOUSE


Free document scanning app to minimise COVID-19 and GDPR risk

>> from OCASTA


Creative software Affinity Designer, Affinity Publisher and Affinity Photo can now be used by anyone for free for 3 months

>> from SERIF


All small businesses are being offered Free Pro access to Flow (cash flow software) for the next 3 months. This gives access to insure 90% of all invoices and guarantee cash flow

>> from FUTRLI


Google sheet template for business owners to model their cost savings on furlough and/or reduced working week over the next few months

>>from CACTUS


MUST READ article on how Covid-19 will impact your business over next two years

>> from THE JOY OF BUSINESS


Free 1:1 sessions on sales strategy planning

>> from KISS THE FISH


Emergency financial support for UK businesses

>>from UK GOVERNMENT


Advice on financial support, loans and grants for social enterprises

>> from PIONEERS POST

Home-working

Remote working Q&A live streams

>> from BASECAMP


Free Zoom training for beginners

>> from THE JOYFUL WEB


Weekly network meetings via Zoom for mothers who are also freelancers

>> from FREELANCE MUMS


Remote working: a practical safety guide for businesses

>> from GLIDE


Collection of resources to support with the transition to effective remote working

>> from ZOOM


4 services to hold meetings in virtual reality – article

>> from ONLINE TECH TIPS


What we learned from running our first ever virtual conference

>> from TAX JUSTICE


Remote working resources guide

>> from GUILD


Zapier is a 100% distributed company with over 300 remote employees in 17 time zones and 28 countries. How do they do it?

>> from ZAPIER


Tips around online platforms for work and family

>> from CITIZENS ONLINE


A guide to working from home while under self-quarantine

>> from LEAPERS


Home-working options for parents and carers

10 secrets of virtual story-telling

HR

Connecting people on furlough with volunteer opportunities. Register as a volunteer or as a cause / charity

>> from FURLONTEER


Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak – a short pdf guide

>> from HSE


Great selection of webinars (including recordings of past webinars) relating to all aspects of HR during the coronavirus crisis

>> from CIPD


Working safely during coronavirus. Updated sector specific guidance for employers, employees and the self employed.

>> from GOV.UK


Incredibly useful and easy to navigate interactive workforce planner

>> from CIPD


Connect with, update and rehire the people you are being forced to furlough or let go of during the coronavirus crisis

>> from THE REHIRE PROJECT


Supporting colleagues to stay mentally healthy in unusual working conditions

>> from MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK


Latest questions and answers on the Job Retention Scheme

>> from PLUS ACCOUNTING


Advice for employers

Self-isolation and sick pay

If the workplace needs to close temporarily

If an employee needs time off work to look after someone

If someone has coronavirus symptoms at work

Good practice steps for employers

More coronavirus advice

>> from ACAS


Advice for employees

Check if you can get statutory sick pay (SSP)

Check if you’re eligible for Universal Credit

Check if you’re eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Your rights if your hours are cut or you’re laid off

What to do if you cannot pay your tax bill on time

>> from UK GOVERNMENT


Well-being

Wellbeing In A Digital Age

>> from MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION


Looking after your mental health while working during the Coronavirus outbreak – tips for employers and employees

>> from MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION


My whole self: supporting your mental health while working from home

>> from MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK


Why it’s OK for business leaders to feel a bit scared

>> from HAZELBRANCH


10 Things to sooth your soul if you’re hunkered in your bunker…

>> from STUDIO SYRUP

1. Six hours of soothing music from NPR https://lnkd.in/gHS8bR6

2. A one-hour flight over Norway in 4K https://lnkd.in/gK6gu7i

3. Solace in moments of existential angst: a podcast about Groundhog Day https://lnkd.in/gWUheUu

4. Tiny messages to help you get through the next few weeks https://lnkd.in/gES6VH6

5. Aquarium live cams https://lnkd.in/gTAN-GZ

6. Stories of delight https://lnkd.in/gbswYAB

7. The joy of small things https://lnkd.in/gzai5q6

8. How to find joy in working from home https://lnkd.in/grbW7UT

9. Watch the Philharmonie Berlin, at home for free https://lnkd.in/gwhyuzE

10. Love, Kindness and the song of the universe https://lnkd.in/gNFegBh

 


 

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