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Coronavirus information for our business customers

We’ve created this dedicated page to contain all of our new, articles, and advice for our business customers (of all sizes) while not all of it is relevant to all of our customers we aim to regularly add new content relevant to customers not only in our local area of Swindon, Wiltshire but across the UK.

For the latest Government issued advice and recommendations please visit gov.uk/coronavirus.

If there’s something you’d like us to look at covering please email [email protected] with your suggestions.

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A shoe next to yellow tape on the floor of a pub to ensure that customers maintain social distancing
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Chris Grant (he/him)

The Impact of COVID-19 on the UK’s Web Design and Creative Sector

The onset of COVID-19, a global health crisis unlike any in recent history, has left an indelible mark on industries worldwide, including the UK’s website design and creative media sector. The pandemic’s restrictions necessitated a rapid shift to online platforms, catalysing a digital revolution.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Chris Grant (he/him)

Covid-19 Update – October 26th 2021

Due to the rising levels of Covid-19 infections in the Southwest, especially in Swindon, we’ve made the difficult decision to limit meetings to our Swindon, Pembroke Centre, office to essential meetings only for the time being.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Camilo Pires

NHS Covid Pass – what this means for you!

The government has announced a new ‘NHS Covid Pass’ which will be needed to access certain venues in England, such as nightclubs. This blog post will outline what the NHS Covid Pass means and how you can get one!

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Business
Camilo Pires

NHS Test and Trace in the workplace: for employers

To ensure that we all remain safe, NHS Test and Trace (which we are probably used to by now!) will remain in use, even in the workplace. This blog post will talk you through how this will affect employers specifically.

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Woman in a safety mask looking at clothes in a shop
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Chris Grant (he/him)

What to expect when shops reopen on April 12th 2021

Following another easing of the UK lockdown rules, many high street and department stores are set to reopen their doors on Monday 12th April.  Our shopping sprees are set to look a little different in the Covid-era, however, and it’s likely you may have some questions about what shopping on the high street will look like next week. 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Alex Swabey

Read about how Vocavio, Coffee Plant, and Responsive Personnel handled 2020

Do you want to contribute? 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.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Camilo Pires

Swindon to move into Tier 4 as of 00:01 31st December 2020

Swindon to 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’re here to help your business or organisation through this difficult time.

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Portrait of a worker in an industrial plant wearing a mask
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Andy Smart

Swindon & Wiltshire LEP open ERDF Recovery Grant applications

Today, the application process opened for something called the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  The ERDF Recovery Grant (which we blogged about last week) is available to small and medium companies, with a value of between £1,000 and £3,000.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Alex Swabey

Swindon & Wiltshire LEP Covid-19 Recovery Grants Scheme

We strongly encourage all of our friends and clients to put themselves in the running for this ERDF-Funded Covid-19 Recovery Grants Scheme. The fund exists to help us come out of this difficult period, so please, read on, and find out the information to date on this scheme.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Alex Swabey

Back to business – What does post-lockdown business look like?

It has been over two months since the government asked us all to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With restrictions beginning to ease, businesses up and down the country are trying to figure out how to start welcoming customers again while minimising risk to themselves or their patrons.

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Two business owner are working together to pack products and check customers' orders on their laptops at home
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Andy Smart

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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a person drinking a cup of coffee and reading the government guidance website
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Chris O'Brien

“Online retail is still open and encouraged” Gov Advice 23/03/2020

The Government documents, released following the Prime Ministers televised address of the evening of the 23rd March 2020 included the statement that “Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.” this is of course great news for eCommerce retailers of all sizes, and a great deal of our customers, who are self-employed online retailers will be breathing a collective sigh of relief at seeing this.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Andy Smart

Coronavirus Action Plan

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which began in December 2019, presents a significant challenge for the entire world. O’Brien Media is working rigorously to the guidelines provided by the Department of Health & Social Care to minimise the risk of infection.

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