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Community Support Directory

In these challenging times it is more important than ever that we support each other in any way we can. We’ve been speaking to our members and collating their offers of support so we can share with you below:

Full name Company name Company URL Contact email Support for fellow members
Mark Smith The Brand Strategy Once the dust has settled on crisis response, brands must consider their actions coming out of the crisis. We will offer IoD members only, a review of their current market position, and prepare a proposal of how their brand positioning & proposition may need to change to enable them to succeed out of the back of this situation. It is limited availability based on our available resource and would be about the equivalent of a day of the team work per business. This would be for B2C businesses as this is our expertise area.
Karl Pemberton Active Chartered Financial Planners I will collate their views as the branch chair, raise and escalate them, and connect them with others in our community that could help
Lesley Wilkin Claridade LTD We provide executive coaching as one of our services - happy to offer this support to business leaders who feel they would benefit.
Susan Walsh The Classification Guru I can offer free webinars on how to check if your data is accurate, what you can do with it to get the most out of it and show how classification of data can help reduce costs.
Mark Jenkins Callagenix No fee Public conference call service for up to 30 participants on 0333 247 0321. Calls to 0333 numbers are charged at the standard 01 or 02 rate and usually included in mobile bundled minutes or call packages.
Vicky Glanville Marketing Harmony Limited Marketing discussion
Anna Averkiou Anna Averkiou Media Ltd Advice as to how to keep communicating with clients through this difficult time to maintain their loyalty and support - and be visible.
Mr. Roy Brown RLJB Business Consulting I can provide support to fellow members with mental health issues and advice on how to coupe with change. I am committed to help people because my 30 year old son committed suicide 2 1/2 years ago at the same time I lost my job as FD from a company I spent 27 years with.
George Theo VirtuAD Limited Offer help to re-calibrate marketing and communications strategy particularly with a view to clear and meaningful communications to customers, staff, whoever, to enable continuity of goodwill and faster recovery when the right time occurs.
Adrian Wickham Oracle Solicitors At Oracle Solicitors we put our clients interests first.  Our clients vary from “household names” to SME’s and startups focusing on all areas of commercial law.
Kirsty Maxey Teamspirit We can stream videos to cover events, support all communications including internal, external and crisis communications
Richard John Vernon Graduate Scheme Success Ltd We can help with setting up online platforms for delivery
Norman Blissett Gallanach Enterprises Ltd We can run training webinars and provide toolkits for managers to lead their people remotely.
Nicola Lyle Fired Up Leaders Https:// Free 20 minute laser coaching support sessions Webinars on emotional resilience and How to lead yourself and your team when working from home
Sam Antrobus Wishford Schools Education / childcare for key workers
Will Farmborough Supply Experts 30 minutes recruitment advice call, no cost and no expectation of further business. Could review adverts, acquisition or creating search strings for linked in etc. Essentially any part of process that is a challenge. Will Farmborough
Mark Eardley Langcliffe international Langcliffe International I am a battle hardened businessman who understands finance and is a street fighter .I would happily , pro bono , support younger businesses in a "non exec " type way get through the current crisis . Great question by the way ,
Sue Howorth The Family Business Network Ltd We as a network have seen a huge increase in helping signpost and support the family business sector. We are also launching peer groups online for family business leaders if any of the IOD members would like to join then they can
Ben Thomas TiPJAR We offer a QR code and online payment system, originally designed to support tipping in bars and restaurants. Very open to sharing this technology for anyone who would find it useful. Many of our restaurant clients are using our QR codes to display on their restaurants to allow their customers to offer some support to their teams whilst they are shut down, and others are setting up virtual tipjars they can share on their social media channels. Equally we can offer immediate support to anyone looking to accept payment and/or gratuities for virtual services - for example we're supporting musicians who are now doing virtual online concerts. Do get in touch if you think we could help!
Tom Liptrot We could help provide quality interims they need at short notice. We would offer free advise on how to deal with the latest ir35 or advise on any Recruiment needs
Steve Parks Convivio On my twitter feed at @steveparks I'm keeping a running analysis on the news and its impact on SMEs. Eg
Peter Langley Howard Langley Associates Ltd Other than tea and sympathy perhaps but am happy to provide some help and general support to those in the same boat if I can.
Anna Maxwell Maxwellia Helping other start ups by sharing my experience in these turbulent times
The lean orange The lean orange Free remote business coaching and advice sessions, project management or hands on practical assistance.
PHUONG SKOVGAARD Baker Lane House Ltd Organisational change including operational and financial structure including roles/responsibilities Danish/English or Vietnamese/English translation
Nick Foden-Ellis Starwood Animal Transport Ltd We have limited available storage available in our warehouse and some vans that may be able to help if needed.
Business Arena Academy Business Arena Limited All our strategy, development tools, processes and initiatives are being given free of charge for the current period, to enable businesses to come back faster and stronger
Mary Collin & Andy Gwynn U-Can (UN) Ltd Now that physical networking is not a viable option it is more important that businesses continue to build business relationships online. We have helped hundreds of businesses get better connected through the effective use of linkedin. With that in mind we are happy to share resources that are COMPLETELY FREE and easy to access to help them build their connections and relationships online. We have a free '9 Points to Creating a Powerful Personal Profile' which is highly effective in getting the right people to come to you. We also have a 45 minute webinar talking through those points and more. We happily share this freely with anyone as it's in all of our interests for people to present themselves online effectively.
Ramesan Doraisami LCL Group Limited Business advisory services for struggling food & beverage businesses
Raina Summerson Agincare Advice to smaller organisations about actions we are taking and success of these e.g comms/remote working strategies and practice Links with HR leads or business owners who may need temporary employment opportunities for team members.
Edward ryder Biskit ltd If companies want to explore new ways of reaching customers, or brain storming ways of collaborating to stave off problems, I'm happy to help in any way possible.
Robin Hollington Inspired Information Services Ltd Https:// Free advice/set up of MS Teams for remote working
Delvin Lane Utility Team Trading ltd Energy audits, energy strategy, energy and water tenders. All free for members, no obligation
Andrew Batty Creative Marketing Services Free advice on marketing your way through the Coronavirus crisis: how to use social media marketing to keep in touch with your clients and prospective clients
Harler Limited Harler limited Free supplier sourcing & supply chain advice
Jeremy McLaughlin Babylon Farm Business Development Ltd I have owned and run 10 businesses and employed 1000 people. B.Sc.(Accounts), MA Occ. Psych. Chtrd Sec. TV as 'expert'. Broad spectrum experience SMEs, key interest: effective man management
Judy Randon Mrs We have designed a complimentary team survey for businesses to use. It is highly valuable insight and there is absolutely no obligation for anything - just an opportunity for leaders to demonstrate that they care how people are feeling - this is the link . Please do share with your members or call me to discuss 07909 542737
Perminder Ghataore Finance House Solutions Ltd Finance review and support in accessing financing solutions.
Phillip Collins Action and Theory I am very happy to offer a 15-30 min video call to any business leader with a team, who finds themselves wrestling with their personal resilience.
Keith Brockbank Brockbank Plaut Consulting LTD Locally, provide delivery of essentials. Offer to talk in confidence by phone/email etc.
Peter Boam Capital Space Limited Virtual office service, phone answering, call forwarding, mail forwarding, registered business address all free of charge for the duration of the emergency.
Sarah Jones Per Diem Consulting Ltd Help to micro SME's in the South West to assist with procurement and supply chain challenges in the current challenging environment. Help to construct / review bids /commercial advice to win new work.
Sheetal Thaker Agile World Associates Guidances on effective remote working and how to keep your employees engaged and focused on productivity at home.
Timothy Hughes DLA Ignite We are offering 1 hour session of advice on your social media presence (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to help you continue to market and sell OR find a job.
James Lamb Assetree Provide financial advice to smes
Stephen Lee Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company Limted www.royalcrownderby Share experiences in seeking guidance and support,solutions in this crisis
Amanda Macauley Influence and Persuade Ltd I can provide advice on how to structure and implement an effective communication strategy and plan to ensure the business's stakeholders are fully engaged and informed during this period of crisis change. Communication is one of the most vital parts of managing change to survive.
Tom Martin Eric Richmond Limited We produce pies, sausage and associated products, have food preparation and cooking facilities so could cook and deliver meals across the region.
Keith Wisdom CEO of Whitecode Design Group Whitecode Design Group I have engineers ready to work on mechanical or electrical faults and they all have vans that can deliver goods or services to charities or food issues for hospitals and blood and services deliveries if required Keith
mark kempster CTT Group mentoring support / encrouagement
Suzy Kerton Zyla Accountants Free cashflow review
Reuben Hayes Apex Environmental Ltd yes I can help act as a support group for other businesses.
Martin Matthews DM Orthotics Ltd We manufacture orthopaedic soft goods so can turn our hand to almost anything to do with fabrics and lycra
Clive William Tulloch Tax Volunteers Free Tax Advice to those who cannot afford professional advice - broadly, those with income under £20,000 p.a. This charity for over-60's and retired or retiring; sister charity for younger members. I hope most IoD members won't qualify for our support.
Ehime Enahoro ENE Business Strategies LTD How to setup and manage a virtual team.
Terry Allen CoreRFID Ltd I am semi retired and may have some time to assist SME's in raising emergency funding with business plans and applications. I may be able to assist on steering an organisation through a difficult period. I confirm that I Ould not expect recompense for my time.
Jeremy Frost Frost Group Limited Yes We are Insolvency Practitioners and offer Business Owner Managers practical advice on how they might protect their own position and to manage the inevitable changes that will occur in the coming months. Our first consultation is free of charge.
Oliver Bruce PinPointMedia Free advice on how best to distribute video media online, preferred platforms etc and what good looks like.
Alison Barker AJ Lakes Consultancy Offer free hospitality business advice and taster courses
Alex Bak LightFi Significantly reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings that are still running. It cannot fully be free, as the work involves site BMS engineers (we partner with other companies), and as blue collar workers, it is my opinion it is crucial that they are paid for their time on site during during this crisis. For the duration of the coronavirus lockdown we can provide a limited number of our leading edge hardware for free, so companies can keep their energy bills as low as possible. As a startup in the built environment industry, any work now would make a transformative difference
Kevin Stevens Woodland Group We are in logistics, have space and trucks in UK. We note some people really struggling moving product USA and China. We are AEO and have good customs and excise knowledge and happy to assist any member free advice on International Logistics and customs and this tough time. We have standing trucks and drivers if needed by super markets or emergency services
Diane Gerrard ADG Development Services Limited Offering 1 x 90 mins free virtual coaching conversation to anyone in your workforce affected by the current uncertainty. Coaching will be with myself or another ICF or EMCC accredited coach. Coaching will provide an opportunity for you to have a confidential accredited coach who will be a sounding board, you are not alone, your coach will be actively listening to your challenges, asking powerful questions to enable you to explore your options and solutions and to measure success. You will have the Chance to explore new tools and frameworks to help you move forward with your teams and stakeholders. Please contact Diane Gerrard
Gemma Smith Fluency Marketing As a company, we would be happy to help set up social media accounts for companies, F.O.C., to help them stay in touch with customers at this time. We will also be offering a marketing surgery to help answer any worries about customer contact etc
Jan Mills The Bradley Group Ltd. I'm happy to give telephone support and advice on health and safety for a limited period free of charge.
Stephen Mottau Aitchison Raffety We have a specialised Business Rates department which will be able to provide business support in that area.
Lauren McMenemy The Content Type I'm happy and able to advise on the best way to keep customers updated and informed - in a way that makes sense for the customer and doesn't sound patronising or cliched.
Nicholas Burnett Museum Conservation Services Ltd. Once we run out of practical work to complete in our conservation studio, we will be offering free advisory visits to assess artworks and collections. This includes advice on how to store and display artworks to minimise damage and protect your asset. We would welcome reimbursement of travel expenses. While on site we may be able to carry out free minor works such as replacing damaged dust seals, replacing old picture cord and re-pinning loose backboards. Normally we would charge for the visit and any work.
Jock Richardson Radius Analytics None other than previously described idea of supporting businesses by temporarily employing their workers until their employer is ready to take them back.
Martin Hazell Camunico These unusual times are posing unprecedented challenges for top teams of organisations. From extensive research and experience we know that executive teams confronted with new, uncertain, and complex situations take better decisions when they are more aware of the cognitively diversity of the team. Understanding the cognitive diversity* of your teams will help to build confidence, identify potential pitfalls (and take measures to overcome them). For organisations who need it the most we are offering a limited number of free top team analysis and report (based on Human Insight's AEM Cube®) â€" giving priority to organisations who are directly involved in dealing with COVID-19. Investment in your time is very limited and all can be done on-line and/or by phone. over the phone. If you are in a distressed situation and you feel your executive team can benefit from this analysis, please get in touch.
peter burdin Peter Burdin Africa Ltd Advice on the impact of the virus on business in Africa. Crisis Management expertise and communications strategies.
Jermaine Edwards The Irreplaceable Advisory Group Offer a sounding board to specific strategies we as a company are using to grow, retain and collaborate with our customers to mitigate risk and create new advantages.
Mercè Cozens Think Beyond How to adapt your marketing goals in the current environment.
Cristian Coretchi Winnovart Ltd Information, support and advice regarding the way the Coronavirus crisis is impacting the grants-funding landscape in Europe.
jeanette miller I'm Your Coach Ltd I'd like to offer 3 hourly sessions of coaching to other members or members of their family. To give them a safe space to talk about any dilemma they are dealing with right now. Either online via video or over the phone. This offer is free, with no obligation to make any payment or take up any future service.
Rogan Hounsell-Roberts KR5 CONSULTING For many leaders, they will need to use unfamiliar technology and digital to support remote workers. I've over thirty years experience in selecting, building and rolling out technology as well as experience in practical aspects of remote working. I'm happy to be a sounding board for anyone looking to select or roll out technology, or digitise processes. I'm not offering a solution, I'm here to listen and share my experience to support business leaders. I can do this over the phone or via a web meeting.
Paul Wood WOODSHIRES BUSINESS SOLUTIONS LTD We help all business reduce or reclaim tax and that includes R&D tax credits which can be a very quick cash boost where a majority of business do not know they can claim it. It is free to chat to us for an assessment of your potential to claim.
kevin blissett Doronwell Ltd I have some Ecological detergents that I can give away to a worthy cause ,( a pallet load not one or 2 litres of product ) My business is cleaning products for the Pharmaceutical industry .
Caroline Buchan Chambers of Miss C Buchan try and help advise on and manage disputes - I am a mediator as well as a commercial barrister.
Nick Jordan Trade Horizons Ltd. www.tradehorizons. Give advice on international expansion
Craig Collings CERTLabel Ltd I have been in the retail industry for the last 20 years and have contacts in the non-food (Household product) industry. If someone is struggling to sell household products, I can provide warm introductions to potential retailers to sell their product.
Kevin Knapp Ecolution Group Ltd Share company policies and experiences during this period.
Paul Norbury Cardwave Services Ltd Not sure what I can do, but I am happy to speak to people who may not have a plan and help them figure out what they should be doing to protect their business. If any medical or research company believes that we can help then naturally they are very welcome to get in touch.
Christopher Beckford Creativo Oculus I can help IoD99 members with business development tools such as infographics, brochures, capability documents, elevator pitch
Louise Hosking Hosking Associates Ltd We are about to offer free questions / advice on the virus in a free webinar We are also planning some free Health & Safety training so business can fully risk assess their current situation and keep other plates spinning. We will be undertaking pay for webinars too All will be in place start next week
Cassandra Andrews Cassandra Andrews Ltd What your employees normally want and what drives them, is potentially not what they need right now. If you need advice on reassuring and motivating employees I will offer a 30 minute Zoom call offering advice and suggestions specific to your situation. My 19 years 'people' experience is gained primarily in manufacturing but I do have experienced in other sectors both private and not for profit. I am passionate about supporting SME's and their people in this challenging and unsettling time. If I can offer any guidance then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ion Mocanu My Trusted Builder I can offer free coaching sessions on any business and personal matters related to coronavirus.
April Pearson-Myatt Top Tubes Ltd Daily guidance how what the measures mean/ should be interpreted.
Helen Barge Risk Evolves Emergency advice and guidance for GDPR / DPA queries. Additional support for any Data Protection Officers who may not be available due to the virus.
Ian Priest Independent banking consultants Telephone advice and support re finance options
Pantea Lotfian Offer 30 min strategy clinic to company owners and their managers to get their head around the issues their businesses and teams currently face and find the best course of action. I have a limited capacity so depending on the uptake of this offer I have to limit it to 3hrs week which enables six, 30 min sessions. Microsoft teams, skyp or zoom
Ges Ray Speaking in Public Along with most of the world you have suddenly had to jump on to Zoom or Microsoft Teams, You will have watched a tech tutorial to know what buttons to press, but now you have to replicate your professionalism with your client on screen in a virtual room as previously in a real room. You know how to do this. Or do you... Nil cost resources available are: 1) Blog articles e;g,: 2) Videos e.g. this workshop: 3) Help & advice where possible!
Stefanie Hopkins Faith Public Relations Provide advice on how to keep communicating with customers and other stakeholders to remain visible during the crisis
Tony Reissner Whitegate Advice on ensuring bookkeeping and cashflows are managed in a cost effective way.
John Cockburn-Evans Aspire2BLean Ltd. Currently doing pro-bono cosching work for NHS workers as a qualified and certified coach. I can provide guidance on making business processes simpler , more agile along with manufacturing processes. I can also facilitate improvement workshops and guide on structured brainstorming.
Mark Eaton Grespi Ltd Grespi is a specialist provider of occupational mental health and organisational consultancy services. In response to client requests for advice on how to approach instances of mental health-related sickness caused by the Coronavirus pandemic that are creating further business disruption, we have produced a free guidance sheet to assist HR and business managers. We would like to make our recommendations available to IoD members. You will find them on the following link Additionally, our initial triage consultations are available to members on a free of charge basis should an opinion be required from one of our clinical consultants on a specific case.
Elizabeth Pearce EJ Pearce Limited As an experienced Operations Director in a Flavour Manufacturing business I am happy to share my knowledge and experience. Can be a sounding board for members who are finding it difficult to develop a strategy and see through the panic.
Kelly Swingler The Chrysalis Crew We've been supporting with HR queries, particularly in relation to furlough. And all HR professionals have been given access to our HR Hub where they can access resources and content for all things people, including our Mental Wellbeing programmes as well as weekly calls.
Tim Price Park City Consulting Ltd Park City Consulting provides HR and H&S services to all sectors mainly SME's so initially we are busy but tas his is helping companies in effect shut down, it will be short lived. Our professional team is available home working to provide advice to employers wishing to manage their resources quickly in a way that would not compromise their duties or any Government support schemes.
Simon Senior Autex Acoustics employment and accessing cash/grants etc. flow of positive information would also be nice.
Darryl bannon Darryl bannon consulting linited Happy to join a Q&A on business change and budgeting
Kate Everett THE WRITE IMPRESSION LLP We have created crisis communications resources to share with businesses free of charge. Additionally, we will offer stakeholder relations guidance and advice throughout this period.
Hayley North Rose and North Help with money concerns - talking it through.
Mark Diviani DCL Happy to provide quantity surveying / commercial advice to Construction companies especially mechanical / electrical free of charge - why not all our live projects are currently on-hold!
James Baird Baird Consulting Support and advice with funding, loans, grants etc. for small and micro entities and start ups. I am offering this advice FOC during the crisis, all I ask is a testimonial in return.
Colin Hammond (by Albion Technology Ltd) At this extraordinary time, companies need to look out for their staff (and be seen to be doing so). Many businesses have groups of staff, for whom working from home, is not an option, which makes employee care especially challenging. How will directors know if their staff are OK? We have are waiving all of our fees for our automated daily wellness call service through to the end of April (and potentially beyond that too) to help deal with the anxieties of self-isolation. This is how it works. Each day the employee answers the phone at a chosen time, presses 1 and hangs up. That will tell the company, and/or their family that they are ok. If after a several attempts they don't check in, their manager, family or friends will be alerted. Optionally company HR managers can have a dashboard of their employees wellness. The service can be set up in minutes, and could provide great reassurance to staff and their families immediately. Regards, Colin Hammond Director, Albion Technology Ltd, makers of
Alan Berntley We can provide advice and guidance on Global Immigration matters
Nathan Baranowski OJO Solutions We can help support members in getting online and understanding how technology can keep them running.
Nuala Kelly SagegreenHR Sharing what I know on how to furlough employees.
David Winton The Energy Check The Energy Check We can help businesses get rebates on Climate Change Levy Tax (Up to 5 years) which accounts for between 5 and 10% of a customers electricity bill and 10 and 20% of a customers gas bill. Sectors eligible include mineralogical and metallurgical processing industries, self-catering holiday accommodation parks and hotels, hospices, care homes and others. It's no win no fee, any win we would take 25% of the rebate. Cash usually paid direct to the business within 4-6 weeks.
Dominic Gill Intequal We are now able to offer 50 x FREE tutor-led online digital training places due to funding provided by West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). This funding has been provided to help eligible adults* engage in learning, build confidence, enhance their wellbeing and provide future opportunities post the current covid-19 pandemic lockdown situation. These short courses provide the chance to gain qualifications in IT, digital and data -related areas you may be interested in learning more about.