We’re in unprecedented times. The coronavirus is creating ever evolving questions around how businesses of all kinds can keep doing business. There’s also a lot of information out there to wade through, some of which isn’t always the most helpful. We’ve put together a list of useful sources of information and or people to contact if you’ve got questions for your business, your teams or for friends and family. 
 
National Information Sources: 
Lots of good information for your business from HM Government 
Information on a helpline set up to advise on tax issues for business arising from the current situation 
Good links and advice on engaging with your local chamber 
Useful breakdown of recent government announcements and information on an upcoming advice webinar 
Some useful factsheets on remote working and business continuity planning 
Useful factsheets on business continuity planning, employee wellbeing and the National Emergencies Trust 
Information on the newly announced 3 months extension to filing accounts and other updates 
 
Local Information Sources: 
Good central list of information and the Growth hub is there to support any Berkshire SME who has questions 
 
All the Local Authorities have central information resources for their businesses and residents 
 
Online Networking (because we need to keep doing business): 
Using the hashtag #TVCCnetworking on Twitter, users can participate in a virtual networking hour, initially three times a week from 10-11am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 
Another local networking group who have swapped their regular meetings to online meetings  
A range of onine networking events to sign up to 
Using the hashtag #AskTheCIPD on Twitter, users can join in Q&A networking session with CIPD's advisers panel from 11am-12pm on Wednesdays.  
 
Bank Advice: 
All the banks are developing their own pages, covering everything from accounts to mortgages to business banking. Here are a few but do check with your own bank if it's not listed. 
 
If you’re not feeling well: 
NHS 
111 is the best place to start online or by phone 
Lots of great advice on combatting the effects of social distancing and being indoors for long periods 
If you're living here is Slough, there's support for all ages through this site 
If being indoors is starting to get to you there's some brilliant links here, from virtual museum tours to online learning to virtual choirs 
Government guide on what this really means 
Official guidance on how long for and what to do 
Information on the new support centre  
 
Things You Can Do to Help: 
The Slough CVS are the hub for the local response. If you'd like to help, please email them at info@sloughgetinvolved.org.uk  
Good overview of the position for Charities in the current climate from the National Council for Voluntary Organizations 
The food bank are particularly looking for drivers but there's various ways you can help 
If you know someone who might be isolating themselves, pop one of these through the door with an offer of help if you can  
National fund supporting vulnerable communities, find out more or donate here 
 
This is not an exhaustive list but it's a starting point. If you have some useful links or sources of support, please share. We all need a little helping hand when times get tough. 
 
Stay well everyone! 
 
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