Doing business is harder than ever. Square have made things a little easier.

As you guide your business through the lockdown, you can ease the effects while continuing to reach customers with the proper tools, including payment services by Square. Pause your Square subscriptions. Square know that your spending decisions are more important than ever. Pause any Square subscription you have for up to three months. Learn more here. New online payment rates. Online payment...
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Read about how Vocavio, Coffee Plant, and Responsive Personnel handled 2020

A few weeks ago we asked our customers how they coped during 2020, with lockdowns, confusing guidelines, and tough trading conditions. Here are the stories of the three customers who have got in touch so far about their experiences, Vocavio, Coffee Plant, and Responsive Personnel. You can read about their stories using the article links below: We're still in the process of creating more blog...
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Which shops can open in lockdown and what are the rules?

Non-essential shops are currently closed as part of a national lockdown to combat coronavirus although they are currently allowed to open for click and collect, although from Saturday, Scotland will follow Northern Ireland in restricting this service to essential retailers. Which retailers are allowed to open? Any retailer selling "essential" goods and services may stay open to the public as...
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Danny Kimber, Managing Director of Responsive Personnel, looks back on 2020

We here at O’Brien Media have asked our customers how they have found 2020 to be. Through the various lockdowns and guidelines, Danny Kimber shares how he and his team at Responsive Personnel have coped throughout these testing and unprecedented times. They also share how we here at O’Brien Media have helped them throughout the 2020. Who would of thought that 2020 would pan out the way it has...
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Beware of COVID scams circulating in the UK

In recent weeks a number of attempted COVID-19 related scams have emerged across the country, including: people receiving text messages informing them that they are ‘eligible’ to apply for a vaccine and then asking them to provide bank details people receiving text messages that claim to be from the HMRC inviting them to claim for a ‘grant’ scammers looking to take advantage of...
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Summary of existing government economic support for businesses

New Coronavirus (COVID‑19) support measures have been made available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors, across the UK. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief, "time to pay" periods, and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed. Use the business support finder at gov.uk to see what support is available for you and your...
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We are here for you throughout the 3rd Lockdown for the UK

With Coronavirus having now triggered a Level 5 alert, and a national lockdown being in place in all four nations of the UK we want to reiterate what the situation is at O'Brien Media to reassure you that we are here for you and your business. In brief We are here for you throughout this global pandemic, and the UK's 3rd lockdown, and will work with you to ensure that your business can continue...
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Conor Mckenna, Director of Bristol based Vocavio Technologies looks back on 2020

We here at O’Brien Media have asked our customers how they have found 2020 to be. Through the various lockdowns and guidelines, Conor Mckenna shares how they and Vocavio Technologies have coped throughout these testing and unprecedented times. They also share how we here at O’Brien Media have helped them throughout the year. In a year where many took stock of how they engaged customers, it...
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Swindon to move into Tier 4 as of 00:01 31st December 2020

This is a developing topic and will be updated regularly. Swindon, along with many other areas, enter Tier 4 restrictions as of 00:01 on the 31st December 2020. This means that non-essential retail must now close, there will be further restrictions on movement - with a "Stay at Home" rule in place unless there is a "reasonable excuse". We have summarised some of the key points from the advice...
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Ian Henshall of Coffee Plant provides his perspective of 2020

We here at O’Brien Media have asked our customers how they have found 2020 to be. Through the various lockdowns and guidelines, Ian Henshall shares how they and Coffee Plant have coped throughout these testing and unprecedented times, with views from Ian's Accountable Democracy UK blog. They also share how we here at O’Brien Media have helped them throughout the year. Coffee Plant's shop has...
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