Member To Member Guidance & Support

Like other local businesses, we’re all weathering this storm together. We believe its times like this is when we should come together to help each other.

Staying active is one of the best ways to reduce stress, stay positive and feel connected to your team. We can’t help your bottom line but we can support your staff’s health and wellbeing so they can do their job to their fullest capacity.

At no cost to you, we’ve created a variation of our online programme which you can offer to each member of your staff for free during lockdown to support their health and wellbeing.

For many businesses, the coronavirus pandemic brings uncertainty and a sense of fear. For others, it brings opportunity.

No one wants to profit out of this terrible global situation, but it is human nature to try and look for the best in every situation. For lots of people, this will be a perfect opportunity to help others, innovate their business model, or even just open themselves up to new markets.

In this article, you will find 5 great ways to grow your business online and keep your inbound enquiries flowing.

Watch David from DEB Charted Accounts talk about a range of subjects helping businesses through the Coronavirus outbreak. David discusses the Self Employed Income Support Scheme, Grants for Businesses, Furlough Letters, Statutory Sick Pay and the Business Disruption Loan Scheme in these series of vlogs.

Updated daily, this page provides a round up of the latest news and updates on the measures introduced by Government to support businesses during the Coronavirus outbreak, as well as practical solutions that can help businesses during these uncertain times.

If any BR chamber member needs any advice or support on any aspect of administration, using new processes or homeworking for both individuals or managers, we’re offering a free telephone service. Anyone can book in a 30min telephone call for advice, a walk through a system, issue or idea so you can access our expertise in our team in Sheffield.

COVID-19 has brought significant changes to the way we live and work, and the rapidly changing situation can make it hard to keep up with the latest news and advice.

It’s important for HR teams and business leaders to understand the situation, mitigate the risk for their business, and care for the health and wellbeing of their people. Westfield Health are creating a series of guides with lots of resources and ideas to support you.

Unlimited IT Support for 1 device and the option to add additional device up to 3 for £7.50 per device per month, which includes antivirus)

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  • Office 365 Business Premium
  • Free .co.uk or .com domain and hosting(limited to 1 per company)
  • Pc/Laptop 24/7 Health Monitoring

 

½ Price for the first 3 months at £17.50 per month +VAT instead of £35pm +VAT

15% off for the remainder of the contract for Chamber Members at £29.75 +VAT per month instead of £35pm +VAT

A term taken from the United States, furlough is a process whereby your employees do not carry out any work but are paid. Prior to the current crisis, there was no such thing as “furlough” in the UK, but the Government has introduced a Job Retention Scheme, otherwise known as furlough, a scheme where staff can be sent home and be paid by the Government up to 80% of their current salary (capped at £2500). Read More

Member offer – 30 day mobile phone contracts for all homeworkers – offering unlimited calls & texts (and 1GB data) on all Sim Only connections to keep office workers connected while working at home

We are also offering 30 day rolling contracts on our Pocket Landline product throughout the lockdown – meaning we can handle incoming calls and distribute to the correct members of staff for handling. From just £9.95 per month (inc Vat) www.pocketlandline.co.uk

FX Forecasts

Key support and resistance levels to watch out for Sterling in the short term are:

Support – $1.2160, $1.1950, $1.1790

Resistance – $1.2640, $1.2870, $1.3095

Breaking through any of these, especially at the close of a trading day or more importantly a week, is likely to see the next level tested etc.

We are marching ever closer to the deadline Boris Johnson has set for agreeing a deal with the EU – we must remember that we have already left the EU – and failing an agreement, the default is WTO terms and No Deal which does pose a risk to the downside for sterling.

Westfield Health – Employer support guides

Westfield Health have created a series of resources with information to help you, your business and your people through this difficult time, including an Employer Guide, a guide to self-isolating with coronavirus and a guide to working from home.

Finance review from J&J Commercial

Covid-19 impacting your cashflow? If you’re looking for new finance or a review of your existing finance we are offering all members of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber a FREE 1hr Zoom consultation to discuss the options available to them and to support them in any application process. This includes access to lenders that are part of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme as well as a wide range of other lenders.

Working From Home – guidance & advice

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, many UK employees are now working from home for the foreseeable future. It will be the first experience for a considerable amount of companies and employees.

Working from home has its advantages, but being away from the office and social interaction of an office can take its toll.

 Remote working becomes the new norm for many; it’s imperative businesses change and put the appropriate mental health and wellbeing policies in place to ensure their employees feel part of the organisation and don’t become detached.

If you are looking for advice, or assistance, on how you can support your employees working from home. Especially employees who are worried or have feelings of prolonged isolation and inactivity, which can lead to employees struggling with anxiety, stress or depression.

 I can help by implementing a wellbeing remote support solution for your team, which will to improve their emotional resilience, improve their wellbeing and ability to cope in these challenging times.

Saving British Business Money

At Saving British Business Money we are helping businesses selling online through Facebook, Instagram, Google, Amazon, EBay, Shopify Plus your website completely free (Shopify have there own fee’s). With our Ecommerce gateway we can link your website to all of the above at no cost per month and rates as low as 0%.

If you would like to book in for a 1 hour free Zoom slot please email – David@savingbritishbusinessmoney.co.uk

Quest HR – Helping members in these extraordinary times

Advice – documents – reviews
Free to access – part of your membership

ADVICE LINE – Call 01455 852037
• Employer focussed advice
• Experienced advisors
• Unlimited calls – 7 days a week

PLUS – a One2One REVIEW
• Free remote review consultation with a Quest Business Manager
• Are your contracts of employment up to date and fit for purpose?
• Have you got the relevant policies you need for the current situation (e.g. work at home policy) ?
• Are you confident you can get everything you need?

Towergate Insurance Brokers launch free COVID-19 Information Centre

As a business, you’re likely to be facing a number of challenges as a result of either the COVID-19 coronavirus itself or the preventative measures brought in to control it.

To help support their clients and prospective clients, Towergate have launched their free COVID-19 Information Centre, which can be found at https://www.towergate.com/covid-19-updates

Here you can find all the relevant information, guidance and resources.

For more information, please contact Ian Barker: 07595 885349 or email: ian.barker2@towergate.co.uk

Social Distancing Products

When the government eases the lockdown people will start to return to work but there will still be the requirement for Social Distancing

We are offering all Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber Members FREE artwork for all social distancing products for the workplace so you and your staff can stay safe at all times.

These include: Roller Banners, Posters, Floor Graphics, A Boards & Window Graphics

Made specifically for your requirements and branded with your logo. Have them ready for when the lockdown eases.

Email Mark for a no obligation special price quote:

Email – info@sambusinessservices.co.uk or Call – 01709 912732

Ideas to help your business to survive and thrive through COVID-19

We are now offering our digital marketing skills, experience and knowledge to support members of the chamber with a free phone or video consultation.

We will review your current situation with you to help identify and discover pathways for your business to keep growing digitally so you can come out of the lockdown in a position of strength.

If you have been severely impacted by COVID-19, you can also get up to a 20% discount on services or delayed payment options.

Contact Zeun Digital on 0114 400 0011 for your free review. If our lines are busy, please try again shortly or get in touch via our contact form.

Rotherham Borough Business Insight C19 April 2020

Rotherham Investment & Development Office, alongside the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce surveyed local companies in the Rotherham Borough during the second half of April 2020.

Companies were asked to complete a number of questions to give insight into their current and predicted possible future condition, in relation to order book, cashflow, staff and overall confidence. Headline results are provided in this report and are indicative only.

Launch of New Initiative to help local SMEs improve their Marketing in the Current Crisis and Beyond-80% Grant Funding

Andrew Shelton BA DIPM MBA, Shelton Associates says:

The Covid-19 Marketing Transformation Programme is 80% grant-funded and helps local SMEs to develop their own Covid-19 Marketing Plan and also includes 6 Webinar Masterclasses showing them how to transform their marketing during this current crisis and beyond.  As many businesses have cut back on their marketing activities, there is an opportunity for firms in the Sheffield City Region to raise their profile ‘above the noise’, stand out from the crowd and emerge stronger and fitter to exploit undoubted opportunities that will arise’

So as well as helping SMEs develop a Covid-19 Marketing Plan, advanced training is provided to  develop their digital marketing skills (through 6 Webinar Masterclasses) which are essential to help them market their businesses effectively, including: 1) How to Communicate Effectively through Video, Webinars and Video Conferencing, 2) Advanced LinkedIn & LinkedIn Ads Lead Generation, 3) Facebook Advertising Lead Generation, 4) Email Marketing Success, 5) Turning your Website into a Lead Generation Machine, 6) eCommerce and On-line Selling Platforms (Amazon, eBay etc)

Those wanting more information or to take part in the Covid-19 Marketing Transformation Programme  please go here https://www.sheltonassociates.co.uk/covid-19-marketing or contact Andrew Shelton, Shelton Associates 0114 2367727, a.shelton@sheltonassociates.co.uk