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Coronavirus: at a glance | World news

Key developments in the global coronavirus epidemic today include: Global cases exceed 1.4 million and the death toll exceeds 82,000 There are …

Coronavirus: at a glance | World news

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Coronavirus: Stena Line cuts off ferry services to Belfast during the crisis

Copyright of the imageStena line Caption of the image Stena announced that it would have to lay off 600 employees and 150 layoffs in the UK and …

Coronavirus: Stena Line cuts off ferry services to Belfast during the crisis

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Gary Lineker has a message for Aston Villa and Liverpool

Gary Lineker urged Aston Villa and his Premier League rivals not to put personnel on the run. Match of the Day host said top clubs should avoid …

Gary Lineker has a message for Aston Villa and Liverpool

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Morning Motivation – #PositiveCoronavirusNews – What if today is the day?

Morning all..

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Work from Home Advice…

With the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 affecting everything from international travel to the availability of hand sanitiser, mitigating COVID-19 across the globe has become a growing concern. That’s why many Government are telling companies to let as many employees as possible work remotely until the virus can be slowed.

Plenty of people fantasise about working from the comfort of their own home, foregoing their daily commute in favor of more sleep, family or exercise time.

Working remotely however can be a double-edge sword.

On the plus, you get to stay home and spend more time with your family but it can be harder to focus on actually working. Whether it’s a pile of laundry that suddenly looks more appealing than your bosses’ to-do list, or a quick three-hour Netflix binge, staying productive at home can take a bit more effort.

Plus, the isolation can quickly become a downer for those used to socialising at work. Some people, would prefer to stay in the office.

So, first thing’s first: you should probably sit up straight, eat some breakfast and get dressed.

How else can you stay focused on the job and mentally healthy while working remotely?

Here are some tips from work-from-home veterans and workplace experts.

Set a dedicated work location

Try to find yourself a dedicated and comfortable spot to work in that you can associate with your job and leave when you’re off the clock — that means get off the couch, and definitely out of bed. A dunning room table or home office can work well.

It definitely helps if you have a dedicated space for working from home.

Setting up a dedicated home office where you can close the door and shut out distractions can pay dividends.

You can also go to local libraries to take advantage of their free Wi-Fi etc. out if Lockdown conditions, but under lockdown then staying at home is a must.

Find a Buddy Or Colleague that you can call when needed…

You might find it easier to be productive without your most chatty coworkers constantly buzzing in your ear but social interactions, even with colleagues, can alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Durham University’s Dr. Thuy-vy Nguyen, who studies the effects of solitude, thinks the psychological effects of working remotely for extended periods is often overlooked or ignored, despite it being an essential factor in our mental well-being and team bonding.

“We’re used to social interaction,” she says. “It facilitates cooperation and closeness.” 

To help fill the socialising gap while working remotely, Nguyen recommends finding a colleague you can call when you’re feeling the need to chat with someone. Alternatively, buddy up with a friend who works elsewhere and is going through the same experience. Hopping on a social video call or phoning, instead of just texting or emailing can be a good idea too.

Have a Work from Home Plan…

Nguyen also recommends that, when working alone, you should keep a more structured daily schedule than usual.

“Usually our time and the structure of our day are influenced by other people,” she says. “You’re going to experience your day as lacking the normal structures that you usually have. People might have a hard time dealing with it. So one of the things that we found in our trying to understand solitude, is that time spent alone is better if it’s structured.” 

Remembering to schedule multiple breaks throughout the day, in order to do some things that you enjoy, can help to keep you productive for the long term..

Think About How You’re Communicating

Haughey says it’s important to go beyond email and use other digital tools that can better replicate the in-person office experience and provide for clear communication.

“There will be a sense of isolation of course, and it depends on how well your team communicates, or how much they’re willing to amp up communication using other tools besides face-to-face conversations,” he says.

Harvard Business School’s Prithwiraj “Raj” Choudhury, who studies remote work and the relationships between geography and productivity, found an interesting solution to boosting camaraderie among remote workers: pizza parties. While researching remote work habits at the U.S. Patent Office, which implemented a more robust “work from anywhere” policy in 2011 — Choudhury discovered a manager who hosted weekly lunches via videoconferencing.

“She would order the exact same pizza to be delivered at the same time so the team would have that bonding experience and still feel like a team,” says Choudhury. “This is the future of work, so we cannot just keep doing stuff in the old familiar ways, we have to create new processes.”

Furthermore, better communication while remote can help maintain your relationship with your colleagues, managers, and direct reports. It’s also important for managers to encourage employees to share their opinions or concerns about a particular project so they don’t feel like they’re being dismissed just because they’re not in the same room.

Remember Everyone Works Differently

Managers should remember that not every employee actually wants to work from home, a shift that can be stressful for some. As companies increasingly have more and more employees working from home, during the coronavirus outbreak, and maybe even beyond, it’s key that they get their employees to communicate with each other as much as possible and especially try more to help employees that are struggling with the change, says Nguyen.

“If management actually forces people to stay at home, then that would add another layer of stress,” she says. “Giving employees as much information as possible can ease the burden caused by the disruption.”

Still have regular meeting…

If you need to still have regular meeting then utilise me a Face to Dace meeting app like Zoom can ensure that you and your team can get together to chat regularly in order to keep that team spirit and camaraderie together.

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Cash and central banks: new research shows why fear could trigger the adoption of digital currencies

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has published a new report on liquidity and the future of payments. Research by the Swiss bank for …

Cash and central banks: new research shows why fear could trigger the adoption of digital currencies

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CCRInteractive: Virtual  Wednesday 29 April

 
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CCRInteractive: Virtual  – Working through challenging times  
As an exclusive publication for the credit, collections, and enforcement industry, CCR takes seriously its responsibility to provide you with the information that you need to help your business thrive in these most difficult of times.
Therefore, we are launching CCRInteractive: Virtual on Wednesday 29 April, as the first of a series of Online Conferences aimed at providing you with the crucial information that you need.
This Online Conference will be Free to attend and will hear from leading industry practitioners and analysts who will give advice on issues such as managing staff remotely, encouraging good mental health, issues around compliance, and setting and reaching goals.
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Call for government to include import taxes in payments to be deferred 

 

FCA ‘right to step in’ on consumer credit – but measures must cover all forms of borrowing 

 

OECD updates G20 summit on outlook for global economy 


 

 

 

 

 

 
           

Small businesses facing mental health crisis as Coronavirus piles on the woes

 

StepChange welcomes FCA emergency financial relief proposals 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
           

Conveyancing Association and Lease Administrators work together to help home movers during Coronavirus crisis 

 

Response to self-employed income support scheme 

 

Relief for the self-employed, but dedicated hardship fund ‘needed now’ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
           

Three out of Five UK Households Negatively Financially Impacted by COVID-19 

Foundation Home Loans – update and comment 

 

The Money Stats – March 2020 – Portrait of a Pre-Crisis UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
           

Time for employers to show loyalty to their staff says entrepreneur 

 

Maintaining a Productive and Healthy Workforce During Coronavirus 

 

‘Lenders must stick to the spirit of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes, not the letter’ 

 
           
 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two more great online Zoom events today…

Today consisted of another fab outstanding network event from 11am till 12.30pm. Today we had a dab presentation from Patrick Dillon.

Following on from the Outstanding Network Event I joined some fellow Introbiz’ers and Outstanding Networkers, The Wild Spirit Guys, in an online virtual sledging event from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

Clare Rees / Introbiz Sweden & Wild Spirits

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Two More Great Online Business Networking Zoom Events, today…

First off was another great online business networking event with Motivational speaker, Coach and Paralympics Gold Medalist and World Champion Danny Crates.

Gomd Medal winning Paralympian & TV pundit Danny Crates…

That event from 9am till 11am, was then followed by my daily dose of business support and online networking with The Outstanding Network.

Today’s two speakers were Donna Mcloughlin and Anne Canavan.

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Another Fantastic day of Zoom Online Business Networking – 3 Events in one day!

Had a great time networking online at the Introbiz Swansea Networking and Masterclass Event this morning from 8.30am until 11am. It was great …

Another Fantastic day of Zoom Online Business Networking (2 Events down, 1 to go)!

The 3rd event of the day was the Introbiz Online Masterclass Event with Peter Wilcock, which was brilliant too.

The ex COO of Virgin Media and Author of Camel in the Tent, talked about his Sales history and his broadband history. He talked about team building, mindset and how in the early days at Comcast, he employed people with the right mind set and grew the conversion rates from the 12% industry average up to around 50% often using people with no prior cable experience but who just had the right mindset for achieving higher targets.

He gave lots of advice including the three boxes Advice for employment and for making things happen.

He said all sales guys have some or all of these but the best have all three:

1. Natural Talent

2. Good Training

3. Positive Mindset

He also said that if you wanted to achieve anything then you need to follow the next three boxes.

1. Why

2. Plan

3. Action

“Once you work out your why, you need to make a plan and once you have worked out your plan you need to take action.”

Peter Wilcock Speaking At Introbiz Masterclass Event.

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Two More Great Online Business Networking Zoom Events, today…

First off was another great online business networking event with Motivational speaker, Coach and Paralympics Gold Medalist and World Champion Danny Crates.

Gomd Medal winning Paralympian & TV pundit Danny Crates…

That event from 9am till 11am, was then followed by my daily dose of business support and online networking with The Outstanding Network.

Today’s two speakers were Donna Mcloughlin and Anne Canavan.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Another Fantastic day of Zoom Online Business Networking – 3 Events in one day!

Had a great time networking online at the Introbiz Swansea Networking and Masterclass Event this morning from 8.30am until 11am. It was great …

Another Fantastic day of Zoom Online Business Networking (2 Events down, 1 to go)!

The 3rd event of the day was the Introbiz Online Masterclass Event with Peter Wilcock, which was brilliant too.

The ex COO of Virgin Media and Author of Camel in the Tent, talked about his Sales history and his broadband history. He talked about team building, mindset and how in the early days at Comcast, he employed people with the right mind set and grew the conversion rates from the 12% industry average up to around 50% often using people with no prior cable experience but who just had the right mindset for achieving higher targets.

He gave lots of advice including the three boxes Advice for employment and for making things happen.

He said all sales guys have some or all of these but the best have all three:

1. Natural Talent

2. Good Training

3. Positive Mindset

He also said that if you wanted to achieve anything then you need to follow the next three boxes.

1. Why

2. Plan

3. Action

“Once you work out your why, you need to make a plan and once you have worked out your plan you need to take action.”

Peter Wilcock Speaking At Introbiz Masterclass Event.

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A Fab Outstanding Network Event and Masterclass with Pat Slattery Followed by a fab LinkedIn seminar with Martin Murtagh…

Today was another fab Outstanding Network Event which also included a business master class for the Legend that is Pat Slattery.

Success Habits

Me listening to Pat…

This Masterclass was followed by a LinkedIn Seminar from one of the Outstanding Members, Martin Murtagh.

Martin Murtagh

I know LinkedIn pretty well and still walked away learning some new things and be reminded of a few more. I also got to see some of the latest LinkedIn Stats which was fab!

LinkedIn Seminar…

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Positive Coronavirus News Roundup

#PositiveCoronavirusNews

Thom Gibbs & Harriet Barber

1 APRIL 2020 • 11:30 AM

The list of beloved cultural institutions this virus has seen off is appalling. Glastonbury, all West End productions, Fast and Furious 9, it’s enough to make you pick up a worthy book for the first time in a decade.

But there’s one hardy entity which is here to save us from pretending we understand Joyce. Give it up for the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Eurovision should be a relic. It’s highly kitsch, frequently gauche and an example of the continent working together in a post-borders spirit of friendship. All things to have fallen severely out of fashion in recent years.

But the show must go on, albeit in an online audience-free format. After postponing the traditional competition two weeks ago its organisers have now announced that there will be a new show airing on the original date for the final, Saturday 16 May.

Europe Shine A Light, bringing to mind one of our nation’s finest moments in the competition…

…will bring together all 41 (forty one! I challenge you to name more than 35 European countries) songs that were entered.

They’ll be performed in remote locations, with no competitive element, and the whole thing is optimistically expected to last around two hours.

Let’s hope the traditional spirit of Eurovision remains. We want curious performance choices, mostly dreadful music but the odd legitimately excellent banger, like this year’s entry from Iceland:

Perhaps something we can do without this time is laggy video communication over long distances. There’s quite enough of that currently in our lives.

Elsewhere, people are heeding the sounds of creaking from their larders and beginning to realise there’s only so much you can stockpile, so rationing is coming to an end in several supermarkets

An app will tell you if you come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. If that sounds like a dystopian future where government tracking of the populance is not only wielded, but actively welcomed by the people, well, welcome to April 2020. 

Perhaps best of all, the current climate has dimmed the powers of one of the year’s most tedious days. It’s gone midday and I’m yet to see a laboured April Fools gag from a corporation.  

Here’s Harriet with the rest of today’s good news.

• NHS Nightingale has officially opened at the Excel centre in East London. The 4,000-bed hospital, which was built with the assistance of the Army, will help reduce pressure on existing services amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

• Social distancing is working. New research by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has estimated that before the lockdown was introduced in the UK one positive person would infect 2.6 other people – now they infect 0.62.

• The public and businesses have donated over £100,000 in just a few hours to a Donate-A-Ride scheme, which offers free trips to and from hospital to London’s frontline NHS workers.

• Japan’s Fujifilm has started clinical trials to test the effectiveness of its anti-flu drug Avigan in treating patients with coronavirus, after reports of promising results in China. Trials in China have suggested Avigan could play a role in shortening the recovery time for patients infected with coronavirus.

• A man with a 3D-printing hobby has created a production line for protective masks.  Sid Lovatt from North Yorkshire has been creating masks and visors after receiving requests from care homes, GP surgeries and his local hospital ward.

• Thailand is giving its public free mobile data for those in isolation to help people work from home and families stay connected.

• Boots UK is going to donate over 200,000 toiletries to vulnerable people and NHS workers to use between busy shifts. The donations will include hand cream, shower gel and toothpaste.

• By Harriet Barber

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Tricks to make your broadband faster at home – and the ones that definitely won’t work

With more families staying at home at work and children not going to school because of the continuing pandemic, the speed of the Internet and mobile …

Tricks to make your broadband faster at home – and the ones that definitely won’t work

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Gratitude – 10 Reasons to be Grateful for those who are currently Self Isolating – #PositiveCornovirusNews

For those who are self isolating and are depressed in down and need a pick me up, try practicing gratitude. Change your perspective on the situation and rather than looking at what you’ve lost from the current change of conditions in our external environment and think about what you have gained in your immediate, local to you external environment (the place where you are currently self isolating) and in your internal environment (“from your skin in” – a recent quote that I have learnt to describe the internal you).

If you can flip the perspective and look at the positive of any situation then you can vastly improve your mental health and increase your ability to handle external forces and situations.

Please find some of my reasons to be grateful in our current situation and other gratitudes that I think this current situation brings to most people who choose to see them and accept them!

No.1 I’m a live and kicking!

Any gratitude list needs this one as it’s the biggest reason to be grateful that you’ll ever have. It was a tiny miracle but somehow you were born and as your reading this your still alive and kicking so well done – keep up the good work. Life is full of Rich experiences so get stuck in and enjoy them!

No. 2. – Grateful For Being Locked In With Our Loved Ones

If you are locked in or self isolated then hopefully you are locked in and managing to spend more time, much more than usual , with the person or people that you love and trust most in the world and when can that be a bad thing?

If you are self isolating alone then you have access to lots of different ways of getting in touch, for Free with all of the special people in your life. See No 3..

No 3. Gratitude towards connected technology.

Getting in touch with friends and family nowadays for nothing (FREE) has never been easier so let’s be thankful for technology. Whether it’s Zoom (which seems all the rage at the moment) or old favourites like Messenger, WhatsApp or FaceTime and Skype or even old classics like the phone or texting (actually utilising your unlimited calls and texts) there is so many ways to get connected and what’s the excuse , look at all the extra time that you now have on your hands – see no 4.

4. Grateful for the obscene of a long commute to work via Rush Hour Traffic?

Having been self employed and mostly working from home for the past 8 years this is a big reason to be grateful for me. Who wants to be sat in traffic and losing 2 hours of their day that you’re never going to get back? See 7.

5. Grateful for the dress code.

I’m in charge of the dress code and can choose to wear what I like. Time to get out all the clothes that I don’t always get a chance to wear and design my own dress policy. plus I can wear loads of things that don’t need ironing and that another chore gone and some more gained time. See 7.

6. Grateful for flexibility!

Now that you are in charge of your own daily routine you can decide the rules. Get up at a time that suits you, work at a time that suits you, exercise at a time that suits you, lunch when you want and finish when you want. You are now the master of your own destiny and your setting the rules, so be flexible and adaptable to a way that suits you and your life and not to someone else’s way that you have been conditioned to confirm to.

7. Gratitude for the extra time.

Now that you’ve lost the daily commute and the ironing etc. you now have the time to exercise at home or do that extra hobby or interest that you could never really make time for. I often find it hard to make time to exercise but have been exercise regularly at home with the new found time saved and the hour given to me for daily exercise by Boris!

8. Personally I’m grateful for Online Zoom networking.

Having to turn up at real world networking something that I done regularly in the old world was time consuming and difficult to achieve too often so I used to go to an event 1 or 2 times a week but now there inline I have been doing 1 or 2 a day, and now I’m connecting with people from much further away than just South Wales.

9. Gratitude for values and appreciation!

I’m starting to realise what’s important in life and becoming a better human being and more appreciative of what we do have and that can’t be a bad thing. Hopefully these sorts of lessons will enrich human being and make them more appreciate of the important things in less and less focussed on the menial / shallow, unimportant, fake and self obsessive sh*t that sometime everyone gets obsessed with.

10. Plenty of time and free resources for learning and self improvement / self development.

There are no excuses, News the time to read a book, listen to an audio book or podcast or watch a load of you tube videos. Learn all the things you have ever wanted to know and all the skills you gave ever needed all at a touch of a button or in a book!

So in summary now is the time to take action and control of your life and your own destination. You (and I) have plefty of reasons to be grateful over the current situation so let take advantage our make it our time now!

“Never, Ever Give Up”

”Always Stay Motivated”

If you ever feel like Giving Up, with whatever it is, or you require some motivation, please feel free to call me.

I’m available on: 07960872549 in the UK (0044) and am always happy to chat!

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With the legend this is Grant Cardone

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Morning Motivation and Positivity – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

It all starts with a great attitude!

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Another Fantastic day of Zoom Online Business Networking (2 Events down, 1 to go)!

Had a great time networking online at the Introbiz Swansea Networking and Masterclass Event this morning from 8.30am until 11am.

Introbiz Swansea & West Wales Networking Online

It was great listening too and Intereacting with Marianne Petifor from Frogmore Consulting this morning and hearing what she had to say and teach.

Another fab event from Introbiz as per usual 👍😎

It was also great to catch up with some old contacts and make some new ones.

I also once again really enjoyed the Online Business Support and Networking Event hosted by Pat Slattery and his The Outstanding Business Network at 11am until 1pm which runs daily.

I again got to enjoy two more inspirational stories from Inspirational people both he had great messages about Perseverance, and Perspective and how to change your energy to change your life via what if, spirituality and practicing gratitude.,

Thanks to Ken Falconer and John Donnelly for the great presentations 👏😎

Online Business Networking & Support

It’s great to be a part of such a great Network as The Outstanding Network, in-fact its Outstanding! Thanks Pat for putting it all together🙏

I have had some many calls the past few days from all of this networking which is fab but I’m only 2/3’s the way through today as there still another “site to be fab” Event still to come at Introbiz South Wales tonight from 8pm till 9.30pm. See www.introbiz.co.uk/events

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Yet Another great Outstanding Network Online Event..

Again I really enjoyed the Online Business Support and Networking Event hosted by Pat Slattery and his The Outstanding Business Network on the 31st of March.

There was two more inspirational stories from young Entrepreneurs & Inspirational people.

Thanks to James Mckenzie and Blake Jones for your fantastic presentations.

Online Business Networking & Support

It’s great to be a part of such a great Network as The Outstanding Network, in-fact its Outstanding!

Well done to Pat Slattery for putting such a great daily event together! 👍

Me on a Zoom call!

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Positive Welsh Business News – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

The fund will support firms of all sizes, including social enterprises

First Minister Mark Drakeford has today announced a new £500m fund to provide extra support to the Welsh economy, businesses and charities experiencing a sharp drop in trading as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Economic Resilience Fund aims to plug the gaps in the support schemes already announced by the UK Government, including the Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, which will guarantee 80% of people’s wages and income.

The new £500m Welsh fund will support firms of all sizes, including social enterprises, with a focus on those which have not already benefited from the coronavirus grants already announced by the Welsh Government.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said:

“The pace at which the coronavirus pandemic is affecting our economy is extraordinary. Now, more than ever, government needs to do all it can to support the economy and business.

“The recent announcements by the UK Government provided some much-needed protection for many workers and their families in Wales. Only the UK Government has the macro-economic and fiscal levers to minimise the enormous damage this economic shut-down will do to the UK economy.

“But even with these interventions, there are elements of the economy, businesses and charities in Wales facing insolvency because fixed and operating costs – rent, residual salary costs, leasing charges for vital equipment and maintaining operations – cannot be met during this crisis.

“We made a commitment as a Welsh Government to fill the gaps and support the economy and businesses through this incredibly difficult time.

“This package of support provides further assurance to firms, charities and social enterprises that we will do just that – help them deal with the economic impact of the pandemic.”

The £500m fund is made up of two main elements:

  • A new £100m Development Bank of Wales fund will be available for companies experiencing cash flow problems as a result of the pandemic and will provide loans of between £5,000 and £250,000 at favourable interest rates.
  • Businesses will also be able to benefit from a £400m emergency pot providing:
  1.  Grants of £10,000 for micro-businesses employing up to nine people. This includes sole traders employing staff. Qualifying businesses will be able to apply by mid-April.
  2.  Grants of up to £100,000 for small and medium sized firms with between 10 and 249 employees. Qualifying businesses will be able to apply from next week.
  3. Support for larger Welsh companies, which are of critical social or economic importance to Wales. This element will be open to qualifying businesses within the next two weeks.

The £500m Economic Resilience Fund will support businesses forced to temporarily cease trading – to go into “hibernation” – or which need cash-flow support to adapt to a remote way of working.

The new fund builds on the £1.4bn business support package announced by the Welsh Government on March 18, which provides a year-long rate relief holiday for all but the largest premises in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors and grant-support for more than 70,000 small businesses.

Ken Skates, Minister for the Economy, Transport and North Wales, said:

“This £500m package will provide further vital assistance to thousands of firms and third sector organisations, which normally rely on trading income.

“We have been very clear, we are here to support the economy and the business community. We stand with every business and worker. Together we will get through this exceptionally challenging period.”

Responding to the Welsh Government announcement on £500million Economic Resilience Fund, Ben Francis, FSB Wales Policy Chair, said:

“Many businesses will feel reassured by the grant funding announced by Welsh Government this afternoon. Welsh Government made a promise to go above and beyond the level of support offered in England, and they have.

“This increased grant funding will provide a safety net for those businesses who will not have benefitted from the initial round of grants, and demonstrates that Welsh Government has sought to fill those gaps. We were also pleased to see a particular focus on social enterprises, which until now had not been a large part of the conversation. This will help ensure that those businesses can make it through this disruptive time.

“The emphasis for the Economic Resilience Fund must now must be on delivery; ensuring that the detail of this fund is made available to those eligible for it, and making sure that the money gets out of the door as quickly as possible, so that it can start to have an impact on the ground.

“This is reassuring news for businesses, and for the Welsh economy. We must now turn our attention to how we can fill other gaps, including for those that are recently self-employed.

“Once we come out of the other side of this crisis, Wales will need our entrepreneurs to be innovating and stimulating our economy. Those businesses need us now, and we are encouraged to see that Welsh Government has introduced such a strong package today.”

Ian Price, CBI Wales Director, said: 

“The economic resilience fund will be welcome news for Welsh enterprise. During this unprecedented time it’s vital support for businesses – large and small – gets to where it’s needed most, and fast. More may be needed as the situation develops.

“Meanwhile firms will continue to do their best by their employees, adapting quickly to new guidance and helping national efforts by supplying essential goods and services.

“Longer term, close cooperation and communication between business, unions, devolved and national governments will be essential to ensuring as many firms as possible can emerge from hibernation intact once the pandemic passes.”

Lloyd Powell, head of ACCA Wales, said:

‘We welcome the proposals announced today by the Welsh Government during what is a regional, national and global emergency.

‘The economic response from Government has been swift and very welcome at a time of huge uncertainty for micro, small and medium sized businesses and the millions of people they serve, employ and trade with.

‘With unprecedented economic stimuli being released to support the Welsh and the UK economy, it is encouraging the Welsh Government is attempting to demonstrate fiscal prudence by using cash reallocated from existing budgets and indeed new money from the UK Treasury.

‘We await further schemes being announced throughout the week, it is important government continues to be receptive to the needs of business and acts as a vital safety net throughout the Coronavirus pandemic – however long its duration.’

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Introbiz Swansea Online Networking & Masterclass Event

INTROBIZ SWANSEA ONLINE WORKSHOP
APRIL 1st 8.30AM-11AM

Customer Care As a Profit Source!: 
Workshop  with multi-award winning mentor and business strategist, Marianne who will guide us and equip us!

The workshop will help attendees to generate more sales (soft sales) and help attendees to ensure maximum customer spend. Come prepared to connect, engage, win business BUT its also a workshop and extremely interactive.

On Thurdsay 26th of March, we had Part 1 of an incredible 2 Part workshop by Marianne Petifor which challenged us to identify the value we can give at this time and figure out how to creatively position ourselves online to showcase this. Part 2 will be next Wednesday April 1st. 

This is a great networking opportunity and a way to connect with clients, business owners, corporate companies and SMEs.

We’ll be Hosted by Bernie Davies and joined by Keynote Speaker  Marianne Petifor of Frogmore Consulting delivering a workshop based on tried and testing Customer attraction and retention techniques. With more years than she wishes to admit successfully running 5 businesses using these skills, Marianne is more than qualified to help us through these times! 

We know how important networking is to our members, so we will be hosting these Introbiz Swansea Online events during the times our original events would have taken place. The added bonus is wherever you are in the world, you can still network! A great opportunityI to network across our Region.

We pride ourselves on operating not only as a networking organisation, but as a connections agency. If there is any business or industry you’re particularly keen to get in front of, then we can make it happen! We’ll be connecting you to our newest members and associates so don’t miss this great opportunity.

FACILITATORS:

MARIANNE PETIFOR – FROGMORE CONSULTING

Marianne is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, author, mentor, and consultant specialising in customer experience management. Founder of five businesses within areas of Tourism, Healthcare, Property Management, Recruitment, and Social Enterprise. Marianne is principal consultant at Frogmore Consulting and holds a number of prestigious roles in the business community.

BERNIE DAVIES-OWNER INTROBIZ SWANSEA & WEST WALES

Bernie Davies is a Speaker, Trainer, Author, Coach and Business Mentor with an outstanding legal career in property who has now dedicated herself to helping businesses to network and market effectively. Founding Territory Council member of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce, Dynamo Role Model and Past Chair of the Neath Chamber of Trade, she is now Franchise Owner of Introbiz Swansea and west Wales. Swansea Black Icon and Excellence in Business Award winner; she connects and supports businesses across Swansea and West Wales.

AGENDA

8:30 JOIN , WELCOME AND UPDATE FROM BERNIE AND MARK 

8:45 ONLINE NETWORKING:

– You will introduce yourself

– You will tell us about your business

– You will share any initiatives / projects

– You will ask us for any help you might need in terms of connections you need to make

9:30 WORKSHOP DELIVERY

CUSTOMER CARE AND SOFT SALES ONLINE
11AM WRAP UP

Book online now to the Introbiz Swansea Online Networking & Masterclass Event via the link.

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Another Great Online Business Networking and Support Event with The Outstanding Network.

Again I really enjoyed the Online Business Support and Networking Event hosted by Pat Slattery and his The Outstanding Business Network.

Two more inspirational stories from Inspirational people.

Thanks to Jennifer Byrne and Anthony Dolan.

Online Business Networking & Support

It’s great to be a part of such a great Network as The Outstanding Network, in-fact its Outstanding!

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Those who registered will be helping the health service perform ‘vital roles’ that will allow people to comply with strict government advice on self isolation and social distancing.

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