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COVID-19 Business Support Hub

These are challenging times for business and although our ethos is to only shout about good news, we’ve created this area of the website to support you with expert tips, advice and ideas from your fellow businesses to help you get through this.

 

Focus on what you can do

  • Which organisations to turn to for support
  • How to use downtime effectively and innovate
  • How to keep your customers informed and engaged

Go to the 'focus rolling news' page

 

Your people and their wellbeing

  • Your business’ options and your employees’ rights
  • How to develop flexible resourcing plans
  • How to comply with health, safety and GDPR laws

Go to the 'people rolling news' page

 

Cashflow and business continuity

  • How to protect cashflow and minimise overheads
  • What are the risks to your supply chains?
  • How to create an effective action plan

Go to the 'business continuity rolling news' page

The articles below are to make it easy for you to have a single place to visit and access a pool of knowledge, links and have a sounding board. We want to engage with the experts in these areas to share their advice and ideas to help our Love Business community. Please submit your articles to covid19@lovebusinesseastmidlands.com


29th May 2020

Chancellor unveils furlough changes

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today unveiled more details about changes to the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, including plans to ask employers to contribute 20% of workers' wages, plus National Insurance and pension contributions.
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29th May 2020

FREE e-learning course: How to Create a COVID-19 Secure Workplace

As a business owner, you’re probably thinking about your next steps when it comes to opening the doors of your business. In this FREE e-learning action plan, our experts have gathered the top 5 points for you to be dealing with right now.
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29th May 2020

More than half of Brits are happy with work life in lockdown

O2 research published this week shows most people working from home as a result of the impact of Covid-19 has proved to be a success.
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27th May 2020

Survey set to assess Covid-19 impacts on Derby businesses

Thousands of Derby businesses are to be asked how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting their operations and what help they need to recover.
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22nd May 2020

COVID-19 Return to Work Planning - Expert Advice

A stella expert panel discusses the challeneges businesses face returning to work in this special VIDEO PODCAST - with links to the Governments guidance and the actions you need to do about them!
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22nd May 2020

CITB SMSTS & SSSTS Refresher Deadline

Any delegate whose SMSTS/SSSTS achievement has expired since 15 March 2020 and who hasn’t been able to renew in time due to COVID-19, will be allowed to take the refresher rather than the full course - this amendment will remain in place until 30th Septem
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21st May 2020

Future Fund-Now Open to Applicants

The Future Fund, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 20 April, is now open for applications.
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19th May 2020

Launch of new online statutory sick pay scheme

The Government has announced a new online service will launch on May 26th for small and medium sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees.
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14th May 2020

RISK first in UK to deliver Construction industry SMSTS, SSSTS and refresher courses remotely online

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis CITB has implemented remote delivery of training for SMSTS, SSSTS and refresher courses.
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14th May 2020

Is COVID-19 driving businesses to embrace existing innovations?

Most businesses are beginning to awaken from the enforced hibernation, to this new norm - but have we benefited from this experience?
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13th May 2020

Practical checklist to help SMEs prepare for returning to work post lockdown 

Dains LLP has produced a helpful checklist to help SME businesses in the Midlands to help them prepare for returning to work in anticipation of an imminent easing of the lockdown restrictions.
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5th May 2020

Returning to Work COVID-19 Guides

Many organisations have started the process of preparing to open up or at least are beginning to think about what happens next.
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5th May 2020

Supporting Your Team Throughout Furlough

What Every Employer Should Ensure Employees Know During Lockdown
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4th May 2020

COVID-19 Bounce Back Loans Scheme

The bounce-back loans scheme specifically targets small and micro businesses in all sectors, providing loans from £2,000 up to 25 per cent of their turnover with a maximum loan of £50,000.
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1st May 2020

Bounce back loans must be live from Monday, say small firms, as interruption scheme disappoints

(FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry responds to new UK Finance figures which show that 25,262 of the 52,870 small business finance applications made through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) have been processed and approved.
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1st May 2020

How COVID-19 has accelerated the digital ecosystem - what this means to your business?

How the UK will re-open the economy is currently unknown, however it's clear that COVID-19 has radically accelerated the digital future. Is COVID-19 the push businesses needed to fast-track technology adoption?
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1st May 2020

Help must continue to prevent collapse of thousands of small firms

The first set of figures from the Insolvency Service for Q1 of 2020 showed that both individual and company insolvencies decreased, and the number of individual bankruptcies rose.
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30th April 2020

E-commerce sales soar in lockdown

Leicester base web company praised by a designer interiors retailer forced to close its doors due to Covid 19 Crisis and were facing losing everything.
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29th April 2020

How will workplace design change after covid-19?

Love Business interviews Rob Day from workplace consultancy specialists Blueprint Interiors.
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28th April 2020

New micro business loans will “give hope to thousands”, as £50,000 limit and 100% guarantee unveiled

FSB National Chairman, Mike Cherry, responds to the announcement that the Government is establishing a new micro loan scheme for small businesses
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28th April 2020

Could Furlough Leave Affect My Pension Contributions?

The outbreak of coronavirus has led to heightened market volatility and thousands of employees being placed on furlough leave – leaving people across the country concerned about the impact this could have on their finances, including their pension fund.
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27th April 2020

Spatial Global moving overseas PPE into the NHS supply chain at a fraction of market price

Market rates rocket up to 600% more than normal but Spatial Global keeps it’s fees super low to help the NHS
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27th April 2020

Increasing guarantees to 100% on emergency loans would be welcome, say small firms, but only “one piece of the puzzle”

FSB National Chairman, Mike Cheery, responds to reports that the Treasury is set to increase its guarantees on Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans
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24th April 2020

Government urged to up 80% guarantee on smallest emergency business loans as average value tops £170,000

New UK Finance figures show that 16,624 of the 36,186 small business finance applications for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) facility have been processed and approved.
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23rd April 2020

How are you preparing for the New Normal?

Businesses have never been under more pressure to do more with less. But budgets and hours in the day are finite, so how do you unlock productivity and enable teams to get more done? And that was before the COVID-19 Crisis!
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21st April 2020

Derby businesses unite for message of hope and solidarity

Businesses across Derby have come together in a video message of hope and solidarity, keeping connections within the community strong and spirits high amidst the COVID-19 lockdown.
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20th April 2020

Apollo 13 v COVID-19 – Businesses can learn and adapt from the experience

Richard McNeilly, Managing Partner of Dains Accountants, reflects on how mission control and the crew of Apollo 13 handled a crisis and how we can adapt their learnings to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.
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20th April 2020

Job retention scheme extension throws lifeline to small employers

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry responds to announcement
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17th April 2020

Coronavirus: Will I Get Paid If I Take Time Off Work To Look After A Poorly Relative?

The number of coronavirus cases across the UK continues to rise – with some of those who haven’t contracted the virus themselves needing to take time off work to look after poorly relatives.
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16th April 2020

Chamber launches £100,000 Covid-19 fund to support members

East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) has introduced a £100,000 financial package to help support members affected by Covid-19.
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14th April 2020

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) – Businesses need to take a step back before applying

Before businesses apply for loan support under the government backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) perhaps it is worth a few minutes of reflection to consider how to make the application successful?
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14th April 2020

Coronavirus: Furloughed workers and what it means for business

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is designed to help businesses that would otherwise be forced to lay off staff in the face of the unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19.
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8th April 2020

Coronavirus – Job Retention Scheme FAQS

BCC has sought clarification from Ministers on the detail of the scheme and will update these FAQs as further information is obtained.
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7th April 2020

Calling All Manufacturers

The Government is reaching out to manufacturers to get feedback on how the current COVID-19 situation is affecting you
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6th April 2020

What can businesses do to progress during the COVID-19 Crisis?

What are the opportunities available to all businesses, large or small, to take advantage of enforced downtime during this global crisis.
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6th April 2020

What can 'furloughed staff' do for the business whilst on leave?

An insight into what staff who have been placed on 'furlough leave' can do, to help the business reposition itself when the crisis is over.
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6th April 2020

What do Businesses need to know about applying for The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme?

Taking you through how it works, what the banks need and how its developed since it was announced.
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6th April 2020

What will Businesses look like post Coronavirus?

What's going to change in 3, 4 months time when we come out of this crisis, one thing the whole panel agree upon - it won't revert back to how business was done before.
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6th April 2020

Why is ‘The Heart of the Midlands’ key to the UK economy bouncing back?

What can businesses in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire do, to bounce back from this crisis?
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6th April 2020

What can business owners get from the Love Business COVID-19 Business Support Hub?

What should business owners refocused on to not just get through this crisis, but bounce back?
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3rd April 2020

FSB Update: Small firms say expected interruption loan changes mark “big step forward”

FSB National Chairman, Mike Cherry, responds to reports that the Government is set to unveil a raft of measures aimed at improving small business access to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
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3rd April 2020

James Dyson designed and started manufacturing ventilators in under 10 days

Dyson has received an order from the UK government for 10,000 ventilators to support the NHS to treat coronavirus patients.
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3rd April 2020

F1 Teamwork, UCL, delivers breathing aid for COVID-19 in less than 100 hours

Breathing Aid improved and adapted it for mass production in less than 100 hours
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3rd April 2020

The UK's biggest hospital, with 4000 beds, is created in 2 weeks

NHS Nightingale, ExCeL, one of the world’s largest convention centres, will have 4,000 beds and and is seen as ideal temporary site to treat patients
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3rd April 2020

PM asks for 250k NHS volunteers and over 750k are recruited in days

The number of people who have volunteered to help the NHS in its fight against coronavirus has passed 750,000, triple the government's recruitment target.
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2nd April 2020

FSB welcome Chancellor intervention on emergency loans

Business Secretary promised the Chancellor would come forward with additional measures to help small firms trying to access support.
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1st April 2020

Manufacturing Growth Program Grant Funded Support for businesses during COVID-19 Crisis

Manufacturing Growth Program is still actively offering Grant support (typically 33% of project costs) to help businesses re-assess, re-tool, and get ready to reboot!
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31st March 2020

How to adapt your social media strategy during the COVID-19 outbreak

We know first-hand that times are tough, and everything is up in the air at the minute. However, we want to help you and your business. Here are a few tips to see you through and hopefully come out of this with a stronger social media platform, better inf
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30th March 2020

Leadership Styles During the COVID-19 Crisis - What can you Learn?

It's funny how the images of leaders develop, and during extreme challenges, some gain gravitas or lose credibility almost overnight. As a leader in your business, what are you projecting consciously or unconsciously?
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27th March 2020

How the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will work

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
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25th March 2020

How to communicate during the coronavirus crisis

As the Covid-19 crisis continues, it's important that business owners remember that communicating with their customers is an absolute must. Here are a few tips to help you create a killer coronavirus comms strategy.
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25th March 2020

Understanding the Psychological Impact of COVID-19

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will have an impact on everyone. Understanding how to cope with the stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Here's an explanation of the emotional rollercoaster ever
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25th March 2020

Free HR Advice for Business dealing with COVID-19

In these extraordinary times many businesses need urgent HR and employment advice. The good news is that help is only a phone call away and you have one free call to our Emergency HR advice line. Specialist HR advisors are waiting to help you and asses yo
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25th March 2020

Six-month exemption from MoT testing during COVID-19 Crisis

Vehicle owners will be granted a six-month exemption from MoT testing, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities during the Coronavirus 'lockdown'.
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24th March 2020

Chamber Chief Executive Scott Knowles video message to businesses about the COVID-19 Crisis

An update from Chamber Chief Executive Scott Knowles regarding Chamber services following announcements from the Government.
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24th March 2020

How to create your COVID-19 Business Continuity Statement

You need to communicate what your business changes are as a result of the COVID-19 Crisis. This guide has been developed to provide you with the key elements you need to consider.
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24th March 2020

Do I need to close my business or not?

After a number of phone calls to me, made by different friends, clients and fellow business owners, all asking essentially this same question, the Government web page is very explicit in its direction
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23rd March 2020

Managing Mental Health - Practical Tips to help cope with the COVID-19 Crisis

As a consequence of the COVID-19 Crisis, many of us are working from home for the first time in our working lives. We have all had to adapt quickly over the last few weeks, we have had to consider innovative ways of running our businesses.
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23rd March 2020

Deferring VAT payments COVID-19

The Government will support businesses by deferring Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments for 3 months.
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23rd March 2020

Income Tax payments deferred for COVID-19 Crisis

If you’re self-employed, Income Tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self-Assessment system will be deferred to January 2021
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21st March 2020

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support long-term viable businesses who may need to respond to cash-flow pressures by seeking additional finance:
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21st March 2020

Statutory Sick Pay & SSP Relief COVID-19 Measures

Covid-19 Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) & SSP Relief
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21st March 2020

The HMRC COVID-19 Time To Pay Scheme to help with tax

If you cannot pay your tax bill on time as a result of the COVID-19
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21st March 2020

Chancellor’s Emergency Measures for COVID-19

Chancellor Rishi Sunak pledges measures by the Government to ease the financial burden on businesses and protect jobs, due to the COVID-19 Crisis
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21st March 2020

COVID-19 Mortgage Break

Mortgage lenders have agreed to support customers experiencing issues with finances as a result of Covid-19
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21st March 2020

Big Step Forward in Coronavirus Detection By UK Firm

A UK firm has developed a test that can detect Coronavirus within 10 minutes and render both self-isolation and incubation unnecessary.
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21st March 2020

5 Things your team MUST have during the current crisis

The world of work is changing before our eyes, and whatever happens, will never be the same again. Unless you're part of the AMAZING ‘front line’ NHS team, you need 5 things to make sure your increasingly dispersed team realises their true potential:
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21st March 2020

Business Insurance and COVID-19

Government’s medical advice is sufficient to enable businesses which have insurance policy that covers both pandemics and Government ordered closure to make a claim
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20th March 2020

Central England Co-op urges communities to come together to support those affected by the Coronavirus

Central England Co-op is urging communities to come together and support one and other as it outlines a range of measures to help those whose lives have been affected by the Coronavirus.
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20th March 2020

ActionCOACH shares free Covid-19 business planning guides

A business development expert from ActionCOACH Leicester and Nottingham has shared a number of documents containing free advice, top tips and information to help local SMEs navigate the Covid-19 crisis. 
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20th March 2020

Keep talking to each other!

HR experts today urged employers to stay in daily contact with staff who have been asked to work from home or have moved into “self-isolation.”
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20th March 2020

Advisers unite to tackle Corona crisis

A new group, designed to help businesses navigate through the Covid-19 crisis, has been set up by some of the region’s best-known professionals.
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20th March 2020

New online IT support group launched for workers stuck at home during coronavirus crisis

Derby IT solutions provider Wytech has launched a LinkedIn group that offers free Q&A advice to anyone who is forced to work from home because of the coronavirus and is struggling with their IT.
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20th March 2020

Making your payments count during Covid-19

As businesses assess the impact of the coronavirus, normal activity will be severely restricted and significantly reduced revenues will continue to grow. The new Image Clearing System for cheques can provide a solution.
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17th March 2020

Free business network to reach thousands of businesses in the East Midlands

East Midlands business network service, KuKu Connect is launching a whole free service to aid and support thousands of businesses to ‘carry on going, carry on smiling & carry on connecting’.
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18th February 2020

Mental resilience and thought leadership

Resilience is the ability to recover and bounce back from adversity and hardships, feeling stronger and more capable to cope than ever before.
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11th February 2020

What is good Leadership?

Building an effective leadership team means it’s critical to ensure your organisation has a strategic vision and objectives which all your leaders buy into. But how do you bring that about, and empower your leaders to deliver real change?
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