Covid-19 Resources for Businesses

Covid-19 Resources for Businesses

A helpful list of resources, opportunities, articles and online communities to help you and your business get through these challenging times.

Adjusting your business model in response to Covid-19 including moving your business online

Supply Change x Hatch –  This webinar focuses on moving your business and services online, offering advice and guidance to help navigate the impact of the crisis and make the most of the online tools available to help. Guest Speakers: Dirk Bischof, CEO Hatch Enterprise & Rosy Banham, Coordinator InCommon.

Ugenie x Hatch: Power of the pivot: how to adapt your business model in time of crisis – We spoke to Susan Kabani, founder of Ugenie  to talk about pivoting business models. 

Community Impact & Supply Change – a webinar providing guidance to help social impact organisations move their businesses online during the Covid-19 crisis.

Ugenie – The basics of running a virtual summit.

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.

Third Sector LabCovid-19: Digital service delivery for charities – Zoom recording 20 March 2020

Where to find and how to access emergency funding from the government, funders and other opportunities.

The latest UK Government Response on the financial support available for businesses.

ColourBrave Charity Committee – PwC have appointed a committee which will be allocating grants to increase their support for Black-led social enterprises, as well as charities with ethnic minority beneficiaries. Organisations that meet the entry criteria are encouraged to apply for a grant in the range of £2,000 to £25,000, depending on scale, activity and impact. Applications close on 30th October.

Black Thrive – led by our Employment Working Group, will distribute £300,000 of grant funding over two years to improve employment outcomes for Black people with long-term health conditions (LTCs) in Lambeth. Grants are available for between £1,000 and £50,000 to deliver projects for up to 18 months. The first round closes at 23:59pm on 14th October 2020

Social Enterprise Support Fund – Essential financial support between £10,000 and £300,000. You must be an incorporated social purpose organisation, with an asset lock, and have an annual income between £25,000 and £1.5 million before COVID-19.

Social Enterprise Support Fund – New fund launches to deliver £18.7m in grant funding to social enterprises.

School for Social Entrepreneurs – Managing Cash in a Crisis.

School for Social Entrepreneurs – How to Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign.

Natwest Social & Community Capital – are offering £1 million in grants to organisations across the UK who employ people from disadvantaged or vulnerable groups.

Southwark Council – additional discretionary fund is aimed at small businesses that were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund. The fund will provide £3.4m support to Southwark businesses adversely affected by COVID-19.

UnLtd – Advice on how to apply for emergency funding

Supply Change – Alongside Community Impact Partnership they hosted a webinar on finance and funding support for social enterprises during Covid-19. Listen to speakers from Neal Howard Ltd and Good Finance covering topics such as government financial support, social investment opportunities and how to manage your cashflow.

Coronavirus Funding Opportunities – A spreadsheet of funders.

Resilience and Recovery Loan FundThe 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. 

Grants Online – a list of organisations and the types of funding they have made available.

Crowdfunder – removed all fees for setting up campaigns on their platform.

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. 

The Greater London Authority and the City Bridge Trust – contributed £1m each to launch a new fund to support London’s voluntary sector.  

Corona Funding  – offering funding for startups or SMEs, based in the UK, Denmark or Germany that are dedicated to positive impact for People & Planet.

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.

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.

SEUK – Financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Guides, webinars and support for HR and legal issues like furloughing, remote work policies, data protection, health and safety and more.

qlegal – free legal advice, workshops and resources to tech start-up companies and entrepreneurs. They provide resources which cover a wide variety of topics, including: confidentiality; various subjects related to intellectual property; General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); patent protection; trade marks; an overview of company structures in the UK; and guidance for kickstarting a business in the UK.

Hatch x Weil Entrepreneurs Survival Clinic – You’ll be able to submit your questions in advance and get them answered in the session by a panel of lawyers and business professionals. Do you have questions around tax law, disputes, intellectual property law or data protection – we’ll be guided by you and we’ll ask you to put forward some of your key concerns and questions when you register.

gbac – Covid-19: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Amendments.

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.

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.

CIPD –  a webinar looking at the law behind the new furlough leave and hear how it has been implemented by other organisations.

RaffingersCoronavirus Job Retention Scheme | Guidance – understanding the Furlough scheme. 

Tools and resources you can use to support your team working remotely.

Notion – Organise your team in one workspace.

Remote Starter Kit – some mighty-fine tools that will help you to power your team’s virtual collaboration and happiness.

Slack – Non-profit organisations of any size are eligible to receive 3 months of Slack’s Standard or Plus subscription free of charge.

Superhighways– 5 top tips for making best use of accessibility options in Office 365

Opportunities to access business support from volunteers and furloughed workers.

Time Well Spent – find creative support for your charity, social enterprise or organisation.

Matchable –  find the resources you need for your projects, pro bono or low bono.

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.

Social Starters- registration for mentorship.

SpareHand – We help community organisations find and manage volunteers during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.

Communities of entrepreneurs where you can connect with other business owners.

Hatch Enterprise – our Female Founders Whatsapp Group.

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.

Tools and opportunities to up-skill yourself and help you grow your business.

Discoverylane  this document is designed to help you navigate what opportunities might meet your needs and amplify your social impact.

Amazon Small Business Accelerator  – a free, online educational programme for anyone who wants to start a new online business or grow an existing one.

Google SkillshopDevelop skills you can apply right away, with e-learning courses designed by Google product experts. Learn at your own pace and get Google product certified.

Acumen Academy: The World’s School for Social Change – They are offering free courses from social impact analysis to Human Centred design. 

Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation – This free 6 week course is for anyone who wants to make a difference. The course will take you on a journey of exploring the complex problems that surround us and how to start thinking about solutions. 

Resources to help you manage your own wellbeing and take care of your most vital asset – yourself and your team!

Journify – Every morning track your sleep, motivation, and energy, and use the burnout test to keep your stress in check.

Supply Yoga Our Impact fellow Abi is an advocate for whole community wellness and has started a social purpose subscription service offering inclusive, affordable yoga classes that transcend barriers to access.

School for Social Entrepreneurs – This webinar will help you understand the signs of stress and burnout before it’s too late.

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.

Hyper Allergic –  Museums may be closed, but there are now 2,500 around the world that you can visit virtually.

A collection of resources for Social Businesses and Charities created by other ventures.

Coronavirus Social Enterprise Handbook –  This is a crowdsourced collection of resources for Social Businesses and Charities created by ventures from the Year Here network (Jake from Kitchenette Karts and Aoise from Supply Change). This guide is updated regularly by their community.

Our 1-2-1 Skilled Volunteering Programme gives you business support in the areas that you need the most.

By signing up you’ll get 1-2-1 virtual business support for 1-2 hours, delivered by an expert with experience in your key business areas along with any challenges presented by Covid-19.

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