One eye to the future for small business, post Covid-19

It seems at the moment the world is moving at lightspeed.  The news every day is changing and, whilst some of the lockdown restrictions are being eased, we’re still very, very far from “normal”.  I for one long for the days when Microsoft Teams was a bit of an irritation when I turned my computer on - here at O’Brien Media it’s now become central to the way we work together! ...
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New Gov funding of £617m to help co-working tenants, market traders, Bed & Breakfasts

New funding of £617m is being made available to co-working space tenants, market traders and other businesses in England who aren't being given funding through the coronavirus business rates grant scheme due to not being in full-time commercial properties. This funding will be assessed and paid out by local authorities, these being Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council, and Vale of White...
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Fintechs need to be accredited for CBILSs and Bounce Back Loans

A fifth of SMEs bank with fintechs, such as Tide. Financial technology - fintech for short - describes the combination of financial services and technology to provide a larger range of convenient financial services and financial products. Examples of products and services provided by fintechs include primarily app-based banking (such as the service offered by Tide), mobile payments, peer-to-peer...
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Let customers know your special hours for May on Google My Business

When your business has an irregular schedule, like holidays or special events, you can enter special hours in advance to let customers know when you’re open via the special opening hours option on Google My Business (and Google Maps). If you haven't updated your hours, we recommend that you do. Google may call you to make sure they’re accurate. Visit Google My Business Help to learn more...
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Criminals are exploiting fear of COVID19 pandemic to scam victims out of cash

Scams over the phone are nothing new, but, in the current climate, they are being adapted. Criminals are exploiting the need to keep ourselves safe and take protective measures during the COVID19 pandemic and are reinventing their scams to use Coronavirus as a hook. Any unsolicited phone calls should be treated with extreme caution, and if they’re asking for payment details it’s highly likely...
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Coronavirus Business Support Page on GOV.UK Website

GOV.UK have updated their website to include a section specifically aimed at supporting businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic: Find out what financial support you can get for your business Find out how you can claim your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Find out how to apply for a grant if you're self-employed All information relating to Business Support can now be...
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Government advice for trades: Work carried out in people’s homes is acceptable during UK lockdown

Current Government advice for trades, such as electricians, plumbers, maintenance workers, cleaners and other tradespeople carrying out work in people's homes is that this is currently acceptable even during the lockdown, the advice, as of 10th April 2020 is as follows: Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, can continue, provided...
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Due to COVID19 you now get 7 days to post through Royal Mail Click and Drop

If you're a regular user of Royal Mail's fantastic Click & Drop service (that allows you to print postage at home, track your orders, and dispatch either at a postbox, post office, or at the newer parcel postboxes) you'll be pleased to hear that the usual 2 day postal window for getting your parcels from the point of printing the label to posting the item have been relaxed to seven days....
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You can now highlight COVID-19 related temporary changes on your business Facebook page

Businesses making temporary changes to their usual services can now prominently display those changes on their Facebook page, thanks to new features added this week by Facebook. If a customer visits the Facebook page of their favorite restaurant, for example, they can quickly see if it’s still offering delivery and/or collection service. If a business is simply closed for the time being, with...
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Posting parcels? Avoid Post Office queues with Royal Mail’s Parcel Postboxes in Swindon

Did you know that you can avoid Post Office queues, and parcel collection costs, by using Parcel Postboxes, provided by Royal Mail, in various locations around Swindon - and across the UK. Royal Mail's Parcel Postboxes are ideally suited for a fast and easy local drop off, and when a Certificate of Posting is not required - so for bulky envelopes that won't fit into a normal Postbox, for items...
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