Remote working and distributed, virtual teams

These 7 simple tips can help you adjust to working at home, feel more productive and take care of your mental health in these unprecedented times.

A range of LinkedIn courses on working remotely, including on leading remote teams and remote work productivity tools.

Includes information on software/tools, trust and communication, and ways of working.

Advice on taking large conferences online.

West London ‘Talk at Ten’ on leading and coaching virtual, distributed teams

Responsible restructuring and downsizing

Includes getting help from Jobcentre Plus.

Includes alternatives to redundancy, planning and implementing restructuring and downsizing with care and respect, and a checklist for responsible restructuring and downsizing.

  • Make sure you are fully leveraging the range of financial support becoming available to minimise job losses.

Employee health and wellbeing

General

Two papers on reducing transmission in high connectivity occupations.

Help on discrimination and unfair treatment for vulnerable employees.

A factsheet on helping your employees through COVID-19, including supporting employee wellbeing (mental, physical, social and financial), considering your low-paid staff, being transparent, considering contract colleagues, and taking additional caring responsibilities into account.

Government Guidance. It is your responsibility to adopt these principles wherever possible. The government is also using these principles as the basis of discussions with businesses, unions, local government and many other stakeholders, to agree how the principles should apply in different settings to make them safer.

The public is advised to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces where you may be more likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, the government announced.

Financial

Some measures which could help employees who are struggling financially due to furlough or pay cuts.

This guide looks at employees’ rights to sick pay, what benefits you can claim if you’re self-employed or not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Emotional resilience

The aim of this guide is to reflect the best practices that business communities can advance in order to improve the emotional resilience of their employees and others around them at work in advance of, and subsequent to, a traumatic experience(defined here as the loss of life or actual or threatened injury arising from major incidents or prolonged disruption)

West London Business ‘Talk at Ten’ includes advice on emotional resilience, creating a healthy relationship with digital content and building trust in teams.

Coronavirus events for business

Survive and thrive – reset your business for growth

When: Thursday, 10th September 10:00 am – 10:45 am BST

If you are a business owner who has done all the immediate crisis management like furloughing staff and deferring tax payments, you might well be asking, “What do I do next to keep my business going?” and “What else should I be considering?”

In this webinar Moore Kingston Smith will discuss a practical approach to equipping yourself for uncertainty. The host, Mandy Merron, Corporate Finance Partner, will be joined by her colleague Dan Leaman, Corporate Finance Director, who specialises in helping businesses adapt and plan for the future. Dan has over ten years’ experience in providing strategic advice to clients and eight years as both Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of SMEs. Having run a business himself, Dan is able to advise from a unique perspective.

Also on the panel will be Tim Stovold, Head of Tax and Richard Cummings, strategic HR Partner. They will give their unique take on the common tax and HR considerations and of course will be on hand to answer any questions.

Register here

Ask Me Anything about [Cap Tables]

When: Thursday, 17th September 2020 from 8:30 am – 9:00 am BST

This new Ask Me Anything (AMA) series is designed for business leaders who want to ask the ‘dumb’ and ‘obvious’ questions. Many financial professionals and investors take for granted that commonly used jargon is oftentimes poorly understood by their target audience, if at all. Through a conversational and jargon free approach, this AMA will provide founders a 15-minute overview of a cap table, and a 15-minute Q&A where you can ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask.

When: Thursday, 17th September 2020 from 8:30 am – 9:00 am BST

Register here

 

Tools and Tactics to safeguard cash and critical talent at the end of the Furlough Scheme

When: Thursday, 24th September 2020 from 9:15 am – 11:00 am BST

This webinar is designed to support business leaders who are looking to safeguard cash and critical talent as the Furlough Scheme comes to an end. For many sectors, demand remains weak and uncertain, making the prospect of taking on any further debt irresponsible. The need to hold onto limited cash reserves remains paramount. However, most astute senior leaders recognise that without critical talent, the business may not be in a position to capitalise on future opportunities. We’re pleased to welcome Richard Hare and Julia Terry from Peopletime who specialise in HR and employment law for SMEs.

Register here

 

Raising Venture Capital: Why an “Investment Thesis” maybe the key to unlocking your seed round

When: Tuesday, 29th September 2020 from 9:15 am – 11:00 am BST

This webinar is designed to support business leaders raising their first venture round. Many founders continue to find closing their seed round incredibly challenging. Leaders of high-growth startups recognise that VC cash at seed can lead to much-needed investment in later follow-on rounds.

Register here

 

West London Business ‘Talk at Ten’ coronavirus webcast series (every Thursday, 10AM)

West London Business have launched a new series of webcasts to help employers and employees manage the business impacts of Coronavirus.

 

The Executive Education team at the Imperial College Business School has launched a new online event series called Imperial Future Matters.

The webinar series will bring together Imperial academics and industry experts to debate major challenges facing businesses, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brunel Hive and Co-Innovate is launching a 6-week business growth programme, delivered via Zoom, to help you and your business adapt and deal with these challenging times. The programme is firmly built on entrepreneurial learning styles, with insights from academics, business coaches and business leaders on how to adapt to the challenges and reinvigorate your business to serve the changed market needs.

Register here

 

Symptoms and what to do

  • Based on current evidence, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • Even if your symptoms are mild you should immediately: stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu.
  • If a staff member thinks they have coronavirus encourage them to complete this short NHS online questionnaire and only call 111 if they cant get answers online.

Read the latest government guidance on self-isolation and why it is important >>

Coronavirus pandemic in numbers – UK and global outlook

The WHO declared coronavirus a pandemic on 11 March.  The UK Gov’t published its coronavirus action plan on 3 March.

As of 16 June 2020: