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

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.


Following an address to the nation from Boris Johnson, all those who can’t work from home have been urged to return to work. But before people return to their workplaces, employers are legally required to assess the risks of returning to work during the COVID-19 outbreak and put steps in place to manage that risk.

How to Create a COVID-19 Secure Workplace

This FREE e-learning course is focused upon the planning the return to work for senior managers and business owners and at the end of it you will understand the steps needed to start your return to work process. The measures, which came into force from Wednesday 13 May, include ‘unlimited’ time outdoors (as long as social distancing is maintained), encouraging those who can’t work from home – such as those in construction or manufacturing – to return to work and plans to open schools in stages. The country is now starting to look toward life beyond total lockdown.

Access the FREE e-learning action plan here

Eight Government Guidelines Outlining Employers Responsibilities

With the government announcing the phased reopening of shops and hospitality, a potential return to normality is in sight for small businesses. This recently updated article collates the official guidance issued so far to show how best to reopen your small business post lockdown.

Links to the guides and further support is outlined during this free e-learning course

Your five-point action plan

Ready to start planning your reopening? We've broken down the five key areas you need to focus on following the government's road map. This short course explains how to prepare, plan and implement any changes you may need in order to adhere to social distancing measures and other advice from the government or health authorities.

COVID-19 risk assessment of workplaces

The government has said employers must carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment of workplaces as soon as possible. You will still need to follow the five steps of risk assessments to identify hazards, assess risks and take action to prevent them, but this assessment will focus solely on risks of coronavirus transmission.


A panel of experts who support businesses discuss the questions most business owners and managers are asking:

• What are the steps you should take to prepare for a staged return to work?

• How can you ensure you are compliant with the new health and safety measures?

• What new policies are needed to cover changes to sick pay and home working rules?

• How can you meet new employment laws in a rapidly changing legal landscape?

• What can you do to support our employees during this challenging time?


With some form of lockdown set to continue indefinitely, it's clear the situation will be evolving for many months to come. This panel has the answers to how you stay tuned to the changes most relevant to your business.


Who's who on the panel


Lucy Robinson
Director of Resources East Midlands Chamber

Lucy works alongside the senior leadership team on developing the culture of the Chamber and its strategic human resources.

Lucy's background in HR consultancy across all sizes and types of business has enabled her to quickly build relationships and define key focus areas within the Chamber resource.  

Lucy is responsible for full HR support both within the Chamber and the wider group of organisations.  This includes ensuring legal compliance, training and development, internal communications, recruitment and inductions, employee relations, reward, organisation design and change management. She also oversees the Chamber's back office functions including IT and the Chamber's property portfolio including managed workspace.

Along with the operational functions, Lucy also chairs the HR Forum, manages stakeholders and member relationships, sits on the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire CIPD committee and volunteers as a Partner Governor for the Nottinghamshire NHS Trust.

Hema Mistry
Operations Manager at QUEST Business Services Limited

Hema is an HR and Employment Law professional and plays a lead role at Quest. Quest offers a range of services covering HR, employment law, health and safety, legal, insurance and tax to trade associations, affinity groups, Chambers of Commerce, insurers, accountants and other organisations throughout the UK.

Quest (formerly Qdos) is a partner of the Trade Association Forum and has been the preferred supplier of HR services to the British Chambers of Commerce for over 10 years.  From 2017 we have been the exclusive approved supplier of HR, health and safety, legal and tax services to the UK Chamber network. We are also an approved partner of the Trade Association Forum.

Quest is also partnered with Rhino Trade Insurance, providers of tradesman insurance.

Stephen Megson
Managing Director at Quiet Storm Solutions & founder of Love Business East Midlands. Fellow of the RSA

A business owner since he was 21, Steve was one of the 'enterprise allowance' generation and started his business back in 1987. He's ridden the waves of a few recessions and overcome plenty of unknowns. He understands the pressures of employing people and the emotional rollercoaster times like this crisis put business owners through. Steve's been very fortunate in my career to work with many brilliant visionaries. I've learnt much from them, but for those who know me well, know my quest for learning is never satisfied.

Richard Shakespeare
Award-Winning Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Managing Director of Workplace Diversity Solutions & eLearning Provider.

Richard hit the headlines in 2010 after being made redundant from the financial services sector, when he applied for 1,923 jobs over the coming 11 months before deciding to go self-employed. Richard, who has Cerebral Palsy, found that many businesses lacked awareness of how to support people with disabilities in the workplace and decided he had an opportunity to support businesses in becoming more inclusive. His company has provided diversity awareness training to more than 43,000 people across the UK. He has worked with many leading brands including Eurostar, Standard Life Aberdeen and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks.


Author of this COVID-19 Business Support Hub Article

Stephen Megson, Founder of Love Business and Business Owner

Steve Megson

I'm a keen sailor and experienced in encountering the unknown at sea. With my son, Josh, I sailed my boat to Spain from my home port of Poole, my greatest adventure to date (if you read the blog you'll understand why!). Encountering the unknown is about having a clear goal and making sure you keep focused - no matter what happens.

More About Quiet Storm


Stephen Megson

A business owner since I was 21 –I was one of the 'enterprise allowance'  generation and started my business back in 1987. I've ridden the waves of a few recessions and overcome plenty of unknowns. I understand the pressure of employing people and the emotional rollercoaster times like this put you through. I've been very fortunate in my career to work with many brilliant visionaries. I've learnt much from them, but for those who know me well, know my quest for learning is never satisfied.

I now specialise in behaviour and business process optimisation, so look at how businesses interact with their people, customers and other stakeholders. I then work collaboratively with businesses to drive out waste and optimise their processes. This is largely through some form of digitisation, resulting in web applications and operational software to manage their systems, processes and KPI's.

I'm passionate about business and have a strong sense of community, which is why I started Love Business back in 2012, as I saw the innovative business owners start to thrive whilst other remain in a cycle of self-fulfilling doom as a result of the media channels negative news coverage. This is why Love Business only covers good news, focusses on the positive and looks to share all that's helpful.


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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 COVID-19 Business Support Hub on the Love Business the website to support you with expert tips, advice and ideas from your fellow businesses to help you get through this COVID-19 crisis. 

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