With Covid-19 impacting every aspect of our lives, we wanted to bring you some useful links to articles and information that may help.

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COVID-19 - Keep up to date with what's happening in the world

Wherever you are and whoever you are, COVID-19 affects everyone. Here's a handy little visualiser to keep you up to date.

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GOV.UK: COVID-19 - Support for businesses

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19

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Suffolk Chamber of Commerce - Coronavirus/COVID-19 guidance

Information from Suffolk Chamber of Commerce aimed at informing all businesses in the county on issues around the Coronavirus

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IOD Coronavirus support hub

No matter how big, small, local or global your business is, the IoD is here to support you through the months ahead and beyond. The IoD Coronavirus Hub is designed to provide you with access to the latest advice, information and resources you need to support your business.

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Ensors: Coronavirus - support for business

Here is a summary of the support available for businesses in these unprecedented times.

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MAD-HR: Coronavirus HR support hub

Bringing you up to-date HR advice and information

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Archive Vault: How to make working from home work for you

We are living through unprecedented times with most of us working from home, something that is completely new for many people. Here are a number of ways we can help as well as things you can do to make it work for you.

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MENTA: Business support in Norfolk and Suffolk

Here are a few new ways the team at MENTA may be able to help you and your business during the ongoing national emergency.

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My Whole Self: Supporting your mental health when working from home

Part of the My Whole Self campaign is guidance on staying mentally healthy while working at home. This campaign isn’t about where you work, it’s about your mindset. It’s about building deeper, more authentic connections with our colleagues which is even more important in the current climate

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METRO: Some essential tips for working from home

For some people working from home is nothing new and with the precariousness of the current health climate, we don’t know how long this lockdown will be for. That means we must be prepared and equipped with healthy work environments.

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Pound Gates: Coronavirus - Guidance to help manage the risk

We want to keep you up to date with the latest guidance regarding Coronavirus. Many businesses are now thinking about contingency plans to protect their staff and the company.

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Covid-19 Has Changed the Way We Work Forever: Are You Prepared?

by Robert Kemp, MD, Chicane Connect, a Suffolk based communications provider.

The rise in remote working and flexible working will remain long after the pandemic has gone. And so it should. We’re not a nation of babies that need constant mothering. We’re a nation of adults, entrepreneurs and knowledgeable experts.

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Finding and Delivering the Pathway Through Covid-19

By Elizabeth Pearce, EJ Pearce

“You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else strategy is useless”
(Charles de Gaulle)

All too often we set up plans that for a number of reasons fall by the wayside over time – we are all too familiar with the list of tasks to do as we head to our place of work in the morning , only to find that the day takes over and the list forgotten. This leaves us personally dissatisfied and the business no further forward.

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Keeping Confident through Difficult Times

By Kevin Ward, Conatus Financing Solutions

It’s difficult when times are tough and the Covid-19 crisis has brought a lot of uncertainty to businesses. Our natural reaction in difficult times is to plough on and assume everything will be okay but the pandemic is unprecedented in affecting everyone and has left many people considering their options for moving forward.

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine, Construction, 2018

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The Changing Face of PR in a Crisis…

…and not just any old crisis!

By Rachael Jackson MCIPR, travel PR and crisis communications specialist

In these turbulent and seemingly apocalyptic times, when nothing is normal and life has been turned on its head, there has never been a greater need to be ‘human’. Valuing life, loving laughter, being kind: in how we interact with each other, whether via a screen, through the newfound wonders of Zoom and Houseparty, over the ‘phone or through a window…at a safe two-metre distance, of course!

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Suffolk Freight forwarders keep things Moving

According to the British International Freight Association (BIFA), the crisis caused by Covid-19 is delivering greater understanding of the key role of freight forwarders to the authorities and the wider audience that rely on the commodities being delivered through international supply chains.

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Furlough: The new F word

By James Potter, Managing Director, Superstructures

Only a month ago, if you had asked anyone what furlough meant, the response would probably have been a blank and quizzical look. Not so today, furlough has now become the new F word, or for some, the dreaded F word!

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Free Online Support for Construction Workers

As a result of a new collaboration between UK’s Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and leading construction software firm Construction Industry Solutions (COINS), and with an aim to help offer support and wellbeing during these worrying times, a series of free online lunchtime ‘Wellbeing workshops’ have been announced for people working, in any capacity, in construction.

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Money Skills for Kids while School is Out

Whether it is saving or spending, learning to budget or opening a bank account, money is part and parcel of everyday life and managing money is an essential life skill.

Suffolk businesswoman, Helen Driver, is passionate that the next generation is ready to face their financial futures with confidence and has created a brand-new online platform to help.

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Scents turns into Pounds for NHS Charities Funraiser

A Suffolk business has raised £9,000 for the NHS in just 48 hours.

Cosy Aromas, a candle and soy wax melt company based in Ipswich, created a limited edition ‘Life is Beautiful’ scent with the aim of raising vital funds for the NHS throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

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Big C Announces Launch of Virtual Support Groups

Norfolk and Waveney cancer charity, Big C, has announced the launch of virtual support group meetings for men, women and young people, to further bolster the package of support on offer to those affected by cancer in our community during the pandemic.

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Donations made to Support Suffolk Good Causes

Hopkins Homes makes donations to support Suffolk victim support groups impacted by the coronavirus outbreak

Six community causes in Suffolk that support victims of domestic abuse and vulnerable children will each receive £4,500 from Hopkins Homes’ charitable fund.

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