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Useful resources for companies during the Covid-19 outbreak

This helpful list was compiled by the BioEscalator with help from Louise Puddifoot and Richard Stoneman of Willow and Puddifoot, with additions from TheHill. This list was last updated on 30 April 2020. Further information will be published as subsequent news stories.

This includes:

  • Resources primarily for CxOs
  • Healthcare specific resources
  • Resources for everyone
  • Government support initiatives

Resources primarily for CxOs

The CEO perspective – World of Work podcast
Excellent interview on how CEOs can lead their businesses through the Covid-19 crisis, recorded 24 March, with thanks to John Maxwell.
Video 23 minute watch

Leading through a pandemic: an LBS webinar series
Some wonderful, twice weekly London Business School webinars featuring faculty experts discussing the most pressing topics facing the world today. These are of the highest quality without being overtly academic.
We would especially recommend the first webinar by Lynda Gratton on working virtually; it is highly practical and full of interesting nuggets of information and research.
Webinars 1 hour per webinar

The elements of good judgment
One of the London Business School webinars above, “Making Difficult Judgements in Coronavirus Times” is based on Sir Andrew Likierman’s HBR article. This article discusses the 6 basic components of good judgement in leaders and suggests how to improve them.
Article 5 minute read

Covid 19: What employees need from leaders right now
Gallup article on how to lead and inspire employees amid a global pandemic.
Article 5 minute read

Tips for remote working
Willow & Puddifoot article providing practical and psychological guidance on how to make remote working work.
Article 5 minute read

4 workplace adjustments to help parents working from home
Article from Gallup on how leaders can practice flexibility to support parents working from home.
Article 5 minute read

Tips for how to talk with an employee if you are concerned about their wellbeing
Willow & Puddifoot article providing practical tips for having difficult conversations, when you are concerned about someone’s wellbeing or mental health.
Article 5 minute read

How to pitch remotely
Sifted article on how to wow an investor over video call.
Article 5 minute read

Government information for businesses
Gov.uk site provides up to date guidance for employees, employers and businesses.
Website varies.

How start-ups are supporting Corona
A growing list of how start-ups are supporting coronavirus effort across Europe.

Healthcare specific resources

NHS Digital guidance about cyber security
NHS Digital has published new guidance about cyber security when working from home.

UCL Partners advice for NHS colleagues.
UCL Partners, an academic health science centre covering much of central and north London, have shared their practical advice to help NHS colleagues in other parts of the country.

Health Education England eLearning
Free e-learning programme created by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic

Digital health unplugged podcast by Digital Health

Resources for everyone

Working from home guide
Article from Sifted in which readers share their remote working tips and tricks.
Article 5 minute read

10 tips for working from home
Rhiannon Lassiter, Head of Marketing for TheHill and professional author has written a blog post with advice for working from home.
Article 5 minute read

8 ways to find happiness in uncertain times
Suggestions for things we can do to help relieve stress and anxiety in uncertain times.
Article 5 minute read

Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
Guidance from the Mental Health Foundation on things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing.
Article 5 minute read

5 Uplifting body confident home workouts
Overview of 5 body-positive fitness workouts available on-line, to do at home. Includes dance, yoga, fitness workouts and pilates.
Article 5 minute read Links to workouts of various lengths

Yoga with Adriene
A popular yoga YouTube channel.
Videos Various yoga practices from under 10 mins to 45 mins.

Staying mindful
Mindfulness techniques that can help us reduce stress and keep us calm.
Article 5 minute read

Hays Thrive online training
Hays Thrive have provided free online training for managers on onboarding, interviewing and managing team culture remotely.

Government support initiatives

See the gov.uk website for the latest information on these initiatives. Frequent changes/clarifications are made. Note deadlines.

Coronavirus job retention scheme
Any employer is eligible for a grant of 80% of the salary of retained workers who are not able to work due to coronavirus (also known as furloughed workers), up to £2,500 per month. This is backdated to wages from 1st March 2020 and is has been extended until end June 2020. An employee must be furloughed for a minimum of three weeks and must not work for the company in any capacity during the furloughed period. There is no limit on the funding available.
Apply online at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

This may be relevant for contractors and consultants. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Small business Grant funding of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rate Relief

Will be administered by local authorities who are currently setting up a system expected to go live in April. Talk to your landlord if you don’t pay your business rates directly.

Coronavirus Future Fund for start-ups
Launching this May, the Future Fund, is a £500m co-investment fund that will match private investments in high-growth UK companies with state-backed convertible loan notes, administered by the British Business Bank.
You’re eligible if your business:
• is based in the UK
• can attract the equivalent match funding from third-party private investors and institutions
• has previously raised at least £250,000 in equity investment from third-party investors in the last 5 years
For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/future-fund
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5m for SMEs through the British Business Bank

Businesses can access the first 12 months of this finance interest-free as the government will be covering those interest payments. Available through participating lenders. Quickest way likely to be through your current bank as they will have already done the due diligence on your business.

HMRC Time to Pay scheme – call 0800 0159 599

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

VAT and Self-Assessment deferral
VAT payments for the next quarter will be deferred i.e. any VAT falling due for payment between 20 March and 30 June can be deferred to 31 March 2021. This is an automatic offer with no applications required. If you normally pay by direct debit you will need to cancel it to stop payment. VAT returns are still due to be filed on time as usual; it is only the payment that is deferred.
Income Tax Self-Assessment, payments due on the 31 July 2020 may be deferred until 31 January 2021. You are eligible if you are due to pay your second self-assessment payment on account on 31 July.
More info available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/deferral-of-vat-payments-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) when an employee is off work because of COVID-19

You can get £95.85 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.

If you cannot work while you are self-isolating because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you could get SSP for every day you’re in isolation. You must self isolate for at least 4 days to be eligible.
General advice for businesses including how to keep your staff safe can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19