As we enter week two of the nation wide shutdown I hope you are well and adapting as best as possible to the new challenges as together we do all we can to end the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. Below are just a few updates that I hope will encourage you as you navigate your business priorities over the next few weeks.
Help for Business
The government’s dedicated website to help business access the right support and advice HERE. The website for the British Business Bank who operates the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is HERE.
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has various support resources on their website. Here’s a helpful article they’ve produced: ‘Simple Ways To Stay Productive Working From Home’.
Pro-Manchester, the largest business development organisation in the North West, also has a range of support resources and events which are now being hosted as webinars. Their article looking at online covid-19 scams is worth reading.
On a personal note – I’m here to help you. Obviously, I’m not a business owner, management consultant, investment expert, HR executive or strategic coach. But as a business vicar what I can offer is relational support – a confidential listening ear, a chat that’s off the record where you set the agenda. No judgments, no clock watching, no targets – just pastoral care that helps you grow. Feel free to email me to arrange a time to chat.
If you follow TED talks then you’ll know that talks on pandemics and viruses are attracting millions of views. Here are two that might be of interest:
David Heymann: “What we do (and don’t) know about the coronavirus”. He is a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He led the World Health Organization’s global response to the SARS epidemic in 2003.
Alanna Shaikh: “Why COVID-19 is hitting us now — and how to prepare for the next outbreak”. Alanna is a global health consultant who specializes in strengthening health systems.
In his latest Thought Economics interview, Vikas Shah speaks to five of the world’s foremost experts exploring the science and impact of viral outbreaks and pandemics. The interviewees include Professor John Oxford (The UK’s top expert on influenza and Emeritus Professor of Virology at the University of London), Prof. Christian Bréchot (Professor at the University of South Florida and President of the Global Virus Network).
Chris Maguire, Editor of Business Cloud and founder of iMeg Partnership, in his inimitable style has written a funny and insightful article helping people understand the world of Zoom: “A beginners guide to Zoom (from a total virgin).”
If you like Seth Godin this short blog explores his unique perspective on the future of online interactions.
Finally, if you’re interested in something a bit different from a renown Christian pastor and author, you could try this talk by Rev. Dr. Tim Keller “A Biblical Perspective On Risk” Redeemer Church New York, which Keller established, has had a global impact especially in the area of integrating faith and work. This talk explores a distinctively Christian view of entrepreneurship and risk.
The events we had planned for May and June has been postponed, and whilst meeting in person isn’t possible, we are planning to move interviews and panel events to online forums. You are welcome to join in with these upcoming meet ups on Zoom:
Change Makers. Thursday 2nd April 1.00pm – 1.45pm
An opportunity to pray for each other and our workplaces.
Join on Zoom. Meeting ID 847-807-555
Business Life Group. Friday 3rd April, 8.00am – 8.45am.
We’re continuing our bible study using Antony Billington’s resource: Exodus – Freedom To Serve God
Join on Zoom. Meeting ID 594-417-814
“Let each of you look not only to your own interests, but also the interests of others.”
St. Paul to the Philippian Church, circa 62 AD.