Useful Information on the Coronavirus
Posted on 19th March 2020 at 17:35
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
Sector Specific guidance on social distancing for businesses still operating at their sites
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 Gub 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 online 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.
Range of online digital and business themed events and networking opportunities
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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