During this time of uncertainty, our main priority is the safety of our customers and colleagues. We want to continue to support our customers through this difficult time by keeping our communities (virtually) connected and up to date with relevant news, events Government updates and financial support available.
Summary of Government Support
For all business support events, including webinars and 1:1s, visit our events page.
Below we have listed a number of useful links and information about business support, grants, loans and corporate finance facilities;
Private loan availability information;
NatWest are making £5 billion available.
Connecting the Community
Whilst we're less physically connected during this difficult time, we want to make sure you stay up to date and connected with the wider community.
MSP and Circle Square At Home - share your insights, advice and experience
Email Olly Storr to get involved - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bionow - here to help and support life science businesses
As well as regular virtual coffee chats and webinars, our partners at Bionow continue to support the biomedical and life sciences sector across the North. Take a look at Bionow's regular events here.
It’s more important than ever to take regular breaks and stretch your legs when you can. If you're a regular at the Bright Building studio gym, you might already know Swann Fitness Instructor, Paulina Samitowska. Paulina has created a simple home HiiT workout video for you to try, with minimal equipment needed. Give it a go here!
Taking a mental break
The Headspace app is offering a free series of sessions titled Weathering The Storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling. Find out more here: https://www.headspace.com/covid-19
Other Useful Updates
IT Advice for Home Working
MSP customer, Lucid Networks, is offering tips and advice to businesses to equip their teams for working from home: https://www.lucidnetworks.co.uk/covid-19
How MedTech and Life Sciences businesses can help
If you are a company or an innovator with a potential COVID-19 related solution, please contact the relevant national agency direct. Contact information is provided via this link: https://www.ahsnnetwork.com/how-is-the-ahsn-network-supporting-the-response-to-covid-19
If you have any other solutions (not specifically COVID-19 related) that could be useful to the health and care system during this unprecedented time, you can access AHSN advice and support by visiting www.ahsninnovationexchange.co.uk.
NHSX has announced a call for all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution. You can read more about the TechForce19 challenge here: https://techforce19.uk/
Page updated: 30th March 2020