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COVID-19: Essential information

COVID-19 : The Government-backed financial support available for small businesses

21 May 2020
5 minute read

The Government has announced over £300 billion in funding to help small businesses survive COVID-19. In this post, we have included all the financial support for small businesses available from the Government and how to apply. 

COVID-19: Good news stories

Good News Story: Muddy Trowel

20 May 2020
3 minute read

Today’s Good News Story comes from Steve Folwell at Muddy Trowel. Following a successful seven years running the storage company he co-founded, Lovespace, Steve recently became Chairman and started the year thinking about new opportunities. 

COVID-19: Essential information

COVID-19: CBILS and BBLS: Which one is right for you?

13 May 2020
3 minute read

In the past couple of months, the Government has announced two key loan products for small businesses under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS). In this blog, we outline the key differences between them so you can decide which one is best suited to you. 

COVID-19: Business as (un)usual

How Chatbots Can Help Your Business Handle Increased Customer Demand During The COVID-19 Outbreak

11 May 2020
3 minute read

As a result of COVID-19, your business may be facing increased customer demand, particularly if you offer a product/service online. Businesses who are looking for ways to improve their online offering to meet this demand may look towards including a chatbot on their website. This is a type of software that is set up to act as a virtual assistant across websites, applications and social channels. 

COVID-19: Essential information

COVID-19: ‘Bounce back’ loan for micro businesses

27 April 2020
3 minute read

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has today announced a brand new micro loan scheme to support the smallest small businesses in the UK.  

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COVID-19: Good news stories

COVID-19 Good News Story: Karahi Express

24 April 2020
4 minute read

This week’s Good News Story comes from Karahi Express – a popular Panjabi restaurant in Hounslow that’s been in business since 2003. Karahi Express had big plans for 2020 – following a new wave of partnerships with Indian tour operators, Karahi Express started a fresh refurbishment project at the beginning of the year as they were anticipating another peak in business between April and October. 

COVID-19: Business as (un)usual

COVID-19: How small businesses can support the community

23 April 2020
4 minute read

It is perhaps ironic that the one thing social distancing and COVID-19 has enabled is community cohesion in some truly inspiring ways. In this blog, we share our favourite examples of how businesses are supporting frontline workers, as well as some the most vulnerable people, and how you can use your small business skills to support your local community. 

Card payment in store

COVID-19: Business as (un)usual

COVID-19: How small businesses can keep up with the cashless economy

20 April 2020
3 minute read

We have been moving towards a cashless society for some time but the renewed concerns around the hygiene of using cash and the sharp increase in the number of retailers enforcing card-only payments could significantly accelerate this. It seems that cash is no longer king and for small businesses this means that digital payments can no longer be an option; they are essential.  

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COVID-19: Business as (un)usual

Mobile Marketing For Delivery & Takeaway Businesses During COVID-19

17 April 2020
4 minute read

In recent year, mobile marketing has become an important acquisition and retention tool, but it may have become more of a necessity in your promotion strategy now as a result of COVID-19 changes, most notably within the food delivery and takeaway services industry.  

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COVID-19: Essential information

COVID-19: The websites every small business should know about

16 April 2020
3 minute read

There is a lot of information out there to help businesses to weather the current storm. However, we know it can be difficult and time-consuming to find the best information for small businesses so in this blog post we have rounded up our top four small business resources. 

Olby's Cafe

COVID-19: Good news stories

COVID-19 Good News Story: Olby’s Soul Café

15 April 2020
3 minute read

Olby’s Soul Café first appeared on the scene in Margate two decades ago and over the years has evolved into what it is today – a family-run soul music café serving a Caribbean-inspired Sunday Roast, or as it’s more commonly known #bestroastonthecoast.

COVID-19: Business as (un)usual

COVID-19: Online Learning For Small Business Owners And Employees 

14 April 2020
5 minute read

 As many small businesses take their trade online and operate from the safety of their homes, you may find that you have additional time in your daily routine. Now could be a good time to upskill and further develop your knowledge on something you haven’t had the opportunity to before. We have put together an overview of several online learning platforms and the benefits they offer below to help you boost your business skills.