A helpful list of resources, opportunities, articles and online communities to help you and your business get through these challenging times.
The latest UK Government Response on support available for small businesses.
NCVO – guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the covid-19 pandemic.
Small Charities – insurance and risk assessment tools for small charities.
Taylor Vinters – Helping charities to help others through the Coronavirus outbreak.
Growth Hub – a checklist on how to prepare your business.
FSB – support and guidance for the self employed and small businesses.
ECHO – lots of information info and guidance for small businesses.
Some great tips on how to shift your service delivery into digital and remote channels.
Remote Starter Kit – some mighty-fine tools that will help you to power your team’s virtual collaboration and happiness.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) – an overview of some key principles behind digital service delivery.
Eventbrite – how to host an online event or webinar that live attendees will love.
Charity Digital – a guide on how to turn events into virtual events.
If you are an Employer you’ll have had to think about what steps to take to facilitate home working, employment law, immigration, health and safety and data protection law. Specific legal advice should be sought where necessary, as the situation is changing daily.
Crowdsourced – Coronavirus HR Comms and Resources Guide.
Seed Legals – Coronavirus Work From Home Policy: Create your custom policy now for free.
Acas, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service – advice for employers and employees.
Economy Of Hours – buy and sell your time and skills with others.
Charlie HR – guidance for anyone who employs others who need to understand sick pay obligations and how to manage and support your team during this time.
Work In Start Ups – promoting voluntary exchanges of talent labour in return for interesting challenges, learning and networking opportunities to keep Britain working and keep the UK startup community thriving. If startups work together on this, then we can all come out the other side stronger!
Not Fur’ Long Creative – Strategic and creative support to help keep small businesses alive and thriving.
Furlonteer – connecting people on furlough with volunteer opportunities within the charity sector.
Lots of organisations have launched funds & initiatives to provide support during #COVID19.
The latest UK Government Response on the financial support available for businesses.
Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund – The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities. The £25m is part of a wider package of support announced by Big Society Capital.
Pioneers Post – the best list of funding we’ve heard of that can help social enterprises and other social sector organisations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – either those directly tackling its effects, or those working in unrelated fields but needing extra support to continue delivering their services.
British Business Bank – information on The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) which provides financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
HMRC – a helpline for businesses concerned about paying taxes at the moment.
Beauhurst – an excellent resource hub to provide some more clarity for SMEs who are looking for more information on the provisions and support available to them.
Corona Funding – offering funding for startups or SMEs, based in the UK, Denmark or Germany that are dedicated to positive impact for People & Planet.
The Greater London Authority and the City Bridge Trust – contributed £1m each to launch a new fund to support London’s voluntary sector.
Crowdfunder – removed all fees for setting up campaigns on their platform.
Money Saving Expert – offering £5,000 to £20,000 grants for small registered charities across the UK – to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects.
Facebook – is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where we operate.
Grants Online – A number of Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations.
Fundraising Regulator – advice on your fundraising activities.
The Digital Fundraising Book – a great book about how to make way for digital fundraising.
Know How – information on what you need to do to prepare for the potential impacts of coronavirus on your charity’s or voluntary organisation’s operations and finances.
Ugenie x Hatch: Power of the pivot: how to adapt your business model in time of crisis – Susan Kabani, founder of Ugenie talks about pivoting business modesl. With the covid19 crisis, many of the Hatch fellows have been struggling to adapt their business model to this critical situation.
Third Sector Lab – Covid-19: Digital service delivery for charities – Zoom recording 20 March 2020
SEUK – Financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic
Raffingers – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | Guidance – understanding the Furlough scheme. Must watch if you have employees
Project Everywhere – The Global Virtual Summit Supporting Charities Through COVID-19. Five hours, two streams, and an additional resource library to provide the practical tools for fundraising during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community Impact & Supply Change – webinar providing guidance to help social impact organisations move their businesses online during the Covid-19 crisis.
Friday, 29 May 2020, 10:00 – 1:30pm
RE-DEFINED Conference – The Thrive Effect is delighted to be joining forces with Absolute Alchemy to host RE-DEFINED – a virtual conference which celebrates and cultivates the resilience of female founders and women in business in the UK.
Multiple dates across May
Ugenie – They have a full range of weekly webinars on topics from online community to building to learning how to pitch online.
Thursday 4th June 11:00 – 1:00pm
Adobe Creative Jam-inar – We are delighted to be partnering with Adobe and Tern to host another Creative Business Jam. Last year we had over 100+ entrepreneurs and Adobe employees coming together to learn from each other and create change. The Jam-inar (online creative business jam) is a great chance to make new connections and you’ll also get two bespoke sessions with a dedicated Adobe Advisor who will be working with you to solve a business challenge. The two consultation sessions will be 90 mins each and will be held after the event, w/c 8th June and before 3rd July.
Multiple dates across May/ June
Superhighways – Superhighways helps small charities and community groups in London do more with digital and data. They have some great webinars coming up on how to use qualitative data and how to create a dashboard using excel.
Make the most of local online groups: Keep up to date, share information and play a positive part in community conversations.
Hatch Enterprise – our Female Founders Whatsapp Group.
Social Enterprise Success – free 20 minute success calls. These calls are for you to get help with any social enterprise issue or question you have.
Digital Candle – prioritising support and assistance for charities looking for urgent help to ensure business continuity (remote working, tools to support their communities).
Social Enterprise and Social Good – a group for people passionate about responsible business and social value being at the heart of things. People over profit.
Growth Hub London – are being supported by the Mayor of London to provide a team of business Advisers. They are here to help you work out your next steps, create a plan of action and provide a gateway into the vital resources, support and initiatives needed to sustain your business through this challenging period.
Social Starters have opened up registration for mentorship.
SpareHand – We help community organisations find and manage volunteers during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.
The constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless. All of this can take a toll on your mental health so remember to take care of yourself by taking regular breaks , fitting in some exercise and learning a new skill.
BBC – Coronavirus: How to Protect your Mental Health
Amanda Appiagyei – some great practical ideas about how to take care of yourself and your business in times of uncertainty.
Calm – the #1 app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation, with over 50 million downloads is offering free access to its library
Francesca Elisia is running a short 5 – 10 minute daily meditation via Instagram live at 7pm – a nice way to ground yourself each day
Second Home – A free online programme designed to help you be creative, healthy and sane away from the office.
Dare Bee – Free no-equipment visual workouts, fitness programs and challenges, training and running tips, recipes and nutrition advice.
VC Cafe – 100 startups offering free products and services.
Slack – Non-profit organisations of any size are eligible to receive 3 months of Slack’s Standard or Plus subscription free of charge.
Hyper Allergic – Museums may be closed, but there are now 2,500 around the world that you can visit virtually.
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