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SEMLEP provides support for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic

Posted: 22/04/20 by SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership)

The current business environment is understandably a challenging one for local businesses. SEMLEP, the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, recognises and understands that coronavirus is likely to be causing concern and possible disruption to businesses.

As a result, the business-led board of SEMLEP - which works to build a strong economy by tackling barriers to sustainable growth and supporting job creation for the future prosperity of communities across the South East Midlands - has launched a series of webinars to advise businesses.

Simon Toseland (pictuerd here), a director of commercial property agent Prop-Search and Ambassador for SEMLEP, said: “We are currently working through unprecedented times with many businesses having to handle the sudden reorganisation of their companies.”

“These webinars will provide insightful help to anyone struggling with issues such as employee wellbeing, the Government’s Job Retention Scheme, supply chain management and remote working.”

  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: How to make a claim

Thursday, 23rd April 2020: 11.00 - 11:45

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is part of a package of measures announced by the Government to protect individuals and businesses. Employers can claim a grant covering 80% of the wages for a furloughed employee, subject to a cap of £2,500 a month. Changes to the eligibility have now been made to help as many people as possible. Employers can now claim for furloughed employees that were employed and reported to HMRC on or before 19 March.

  • Smart ways to manage remote teams

Tuesday, 28th April 2020: 14:00 - 14:45

Many organisations have recently been ‘forced’ to introduce working from home, virtually & remotely. If productivity is not maintained, the consequences of this could be undesirable. So how do you effectively manage or lead people remotely? What’s the simplest, easiest & quickest way to successfully implement remote working?

  • Employee wellbeing and engagement during a pandemic

Thursday, 30th April 2020: 11:00 - noon

With so many people working remotely or furloughed, employers are needing to find new, creative ways of keeping their employees engaged, supported and informed. It’s essential we feel confident in addressing the complexities of our new landscape, supporting our people with the challenges they face. How can you ensure you are offering the appropriate levels of support and communication across your employee population, despite the additional complexities of remote working?

  • Adapting your supply chain during a pandemic: imports and exports

Thursday, 7th May 2020: 11:00 - noon

During this unprecedented time, the traditional routes of import and export are no longer operational, resulting in a challenge for businesses. How can you ensure you’re accessing the most relevant supply chains to support on-going (and future) activity? As well as accessing the most appropriate import and export support options, especially in this extremely difficult trading situation?

All webinars are free and are organised through Eventbrite.

Anyone interested should visit the ‘News & Events’ section of SEMLEP website - - to join one of the featured events.

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