Over the course of the Covid-19 outbreak we’ll be putting together a series of webinars delivered by representatives from the social enterprise community and supporters from other sectors.We know that no-one has all the answers right now but that we can work with representatives from across our movement to best make sense of this difficult time and the ever changing policy environment. All these webinars are free to listen to. Please do sign up to our mailing list for the latest news or check-in on the coronavirus support landing page on our website.
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20 MAY: KEY ISSUES FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES IN PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY: PROCUREMENT AND CONTRACTS – Social enterprises delivering public services are facing extremely serious challenges due to COVID-19. From drastic changes in the volume and nature of demand, to having to change or even suspend their services, many have had to quickly adapt. The government’s Procurement Policy Notes encouraged all contracting authorities to support suppliers – but what does the guidance mean in practice? And what steps should suppliers take to manage their contractual obligations? Augustus Della-Porta, Partner in the Charity & Social Enterprise Department at Bates Wells, goes into more details.
27 APRIL : SOCIAL INVESTMENT BUSINESS ON NEW FUNDING SCHEME – Nick Temple CEO at the Social Investment Business ran through how the new the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund, administered by SIB, will work for social enterprises. He was joined by SEUK’s Andrew O’Brien who gave an overview of the current state of government funding for our sector. You can find out more about the fund on the SIB website. Andrew’s slides can be accessed here.
20 APRIL: DIGITAL MARKETING – Steph Bennett, MD of digital agency Battenhall hosted this webinar on digital marketing which gave an overview of digital media channels and building integrated marketing plans. You can view the slides from Steph’s webinar here.
9 APRIL: DIGITAL TOOLS AND WORKING FROM HOME – Digital agency and social enterprise, Reason Digital hosted a webinar looking into the best ways to work remotely, the best platforms to use and how to keep productive.
7 APRIL: THE COVID JOB RETENTION SCHEME & WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW – Paul Seath from the Employment Team at law firm, Bates Wells will delivered a webinar on the latest updates on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. It looked in depth at what employers can claim, what the new guidance means for social enterprises receiving public funds and how the concept of furlough leave works in practice. You can download detailed slides about the Job Retention Scheme here.
1 APRIL: ADAPTING YOUR BUSINESS MODEL – Colin Downie, Sales and Partnership Director at leading social enterprise, WildHearts, delivered a webinar on adapting your business model to best deal with crisis which touched on making the most of furlough and looking at potential new markets at this challenging time. You can also download slides from Colin’s webinar here.
31 MARCH : MENTAL HEALTH AND WORKING FROM HOME – Simon Blake, Chief Executive at Mental Health First Aid England delivered a webinar on mental health support at this time and adjusting to the realities of homeworking. You can access slides from Simon’s presentation here.
26 MARCH: BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING – Outgoing CEO of Belu Water, Karen Lynch gave a candid overview of the impact COVID-19 is having on the business, on staff and on supply chains with a focus on business continuity planning through the crisis. You can download slides from this webinar here.
25 MARCH: FINANCIAL SUPPORT DURING THE PANDEMIC – Ian Workman, Managing Director and Head SME at Barclays looks at the financial support available for social enterprises including more information on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
24 MARCH: MANAGING PEOPLE THROUGH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC –CEO of Roots HR CIC, Jan Golding delivered a webinar looking in depth at the HR issues created by the current situation. The webinar covers paying your people, furlough leave and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, homeworking and the realities of redundancies. You can download the slides from Jan’s webinar here.
18 MARCH: SEUK OVERVIEW WEBINAR – Our Chief Executive, Peter Holbrook and Director of External Affairs, Andrew O’Brien on SEUK’s plans to support our members and the social enterprise movement through the crisis.