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Starting simply, the UK government have laid out a series of measures to help business survive the current situation. For more information relating specifically to the IoD’s role in government relations, please visit the Government Support page of this dedicated coronavirus content hub.
Not forgetting the main obstacle we are all facing on a personal level – the reality of mitigating and managing the threat of Covid-19 for yourselves, your families and colleagues – the latest advice from the NHS regarding the pandemic can be found here.
Free courses are available through a new online platform hosted on the gov.uk website, called The Skills Toolkit. The new platform, www.gov.uk/theskillstoolkit, gives people access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.
BEIS have launched a series of webinars in response to the pandemic. The next installment is on Thursday 7th May, 11am: Managing your business during coronavirus: reporting, regulations and tax. The webinar will cover right to work checks, filing reports and accounts, and the time to pay scheme. Businesses can register here.
Links to all the BEIS webinars - including Financial Support for Small Businesses, which covered the business support measures that have been made available, including small business grants, applying for loans, tax, and the job retention scheme - are available as recordings here.
The UK government has received lots of offers of help from UK manufacturers who want to lend their support and expertise during this unprecedented and challenging period.
To enable government to organise and direct the various propositions, they have created the following two sites on which businesses are encouraged to register as follows:
Register your support relating to ventilators
Register your support relating to goods & services
Webinars and Toolkits
The Planet Mark - whose CEO Steve Malkin sits on the IoD's Sustainable Business Special Interest Group - have produced a comprehensive and insightful toolkit to enhance home working, which we are pleased to share here.
In releasing The Planet Mark Home Worker Package, they explain: "For many of us working from home is a new experience and finding a rhythm really helps keep us happy, healthy and productive. This interactive guide from The Planet Mark features a suite of best practice advice, from staying connected with each other and nature, to cutting carbon and maintaining your wellbeing while working remotely."
HMRC is delivering a programme of webinars on the measures to support employers and self-employed individuals through this period of disruption caused by coronavirus. Businesses can also register to attend a free webinar to learn more about the support available to help them deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus by registering on GOV.UK.
Our colleagues at Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) are a fantastic resource for information and advice for both employers and employees and have launched a series of webinars aimed at tackling this period of disruption. Register here to attend for free.
Campaign partner and leading mental health charity Mind have produced a number of practical resources specifically in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, delivered through their Mental Health at Work gateway. This dedicated toolkit – and the wider site - covers advice and support across a wide range of topics including coping strategies and reading relating to remote working, dealing with the mental fallout from self-isolation and tackling the anxieties brought about by such a period of uncertainty.
Cyber Security Management
ThreatAware is offering IoD members free access for 60 days to its unique cybersecurity management platform. Helping you to find and secure the computers of remote workers within your network and organisation. Within an hour of signing up, your organisation will gain deep visibility into any computers that are accessing corporate data and systems, and can swiftly secure them to guard against the recent rise of cyber-attacks amidst the perils of home working. Sign up for free here.
Working remotely is likely to throw up a number of obstacles for businesses as they adapt to the “new normal” but, some online learning forums have enhanced their offering to support businesses as they weather the storm. Here are some highlighted options:
Collaborative Working in a Remote Team
Future Learn (University of Leeds & Institute of Coding)
COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
Future Learn (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine & UK Public Health Rapid Support Team)
Upgrade Microsoft Office for IT at scale
Architect migration, business continuity, and disaster recovery in Azure
Free to access online learning from The Open University