Our Response to COVID-19 and how we are Supporting Social Enterprises and Businesses
Updated as of 31 March 2020
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is already having an impact on businesses and social enterprises across the country, so we have reacted quickly to adapt to the new way of working and create opportunities for businesses to survive and thrive.
This page is updated on an ongoing basis with resources to help you weather the storm, and we are hosting virtual events, webinars and workshops, along with opportunities for our member community to support each other.
We have monitored the COVID-19 outbreak closely and adhered to guidance from the government as well as global and local health authorities, and made the decision to close the Hub effective immediately from Monday 23rd March until further notice.
As of 19th March 2020, we implemented a “work from home” policy for all non spaced-based employees. All work-related domestic and international travel has also been restricted for all employees until further notice.
As of 19th March 2020, we suspended all in-person internal member and programme events until further notice, and have rescheduled events to be held online.
Virtual Events to help your business adapt
Our scheduled virtual events, webinars and meet-ups can be found here.
Support to members
We continue to support our members through providing online business support, events, workshops, individual business consultancy and clinics, and connecting our members with our global network through our Community App.
Business Support to our networks and communities
Social enterprises and individuals can also sign up to access all online resources through our ‘Connect’ membership. Sign up to register your business with us at a cost, get priority access to events and free access to business consultancy from our team and network of experts. For this month only, you can purchase an Annual Connect membership for £120 + VAT, a discount of more than 30% from the monthly price – sign up here.
We have also launched a new consultancy with the King’s Cross team and network of consultants, just click here to find the different areas that our team members can support you, and contact our Community Manager Avrilia at email@example.com requesting a specific person and area of expertise. The first hour is free, and after that, you can continue your consultancy at an agreed upon rate.
Additional resources for social enterprises:
- NatWest Guidance on interest rate reductions, loan repayments, and more
- Increased business rates retail discount for SMEs by government and other measures to support SMEs
- Latest information and recorded Webinar on latest support available for social enterprises by Social Enterprise UK
- List of grants, loans and other funding available to social enterprises
- List of updates and guidance for charities and social enterprises from VCSE infrastructure and membership organisations including NCVO, Social Enterprise UK, UnLtd, School for Social Entrepreneurs and others, collated by Good Finance.
If you have any health questions, symptoms or have travelled recently, check out the guidance via NHS online.