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Coronavirus Business Support Webinars - Week Beginning 4th May

Our business webinar programme for this week is packed with essentials to keep you trading, upskill and communicate better or more with colleagues and customers. Starting with: Taking Your Business Online, Using Facebook For Business, Cyber Security for SMEs, Webinars/Live Streams For Business, Managing Your Business Reputation (Crisis PR), Digital Marketing, & Getting Your Website Found Online (SEO).
Plus we have a new session this Thursday on: Structuring Your Business Finances during the Coronavirus. See listings below or browse our site for the full schedule.

Monday 4th May - 6pm

Taking Your Business Online During the Coronavirus Pandemic – National Webinar
We will look at everything you need to know including: What equipment you need to communicate with customers and staff (hardware and software), how to collaborate with colleagues, how to take online payments, creating a website, social media and email marketing. Register here.

Tuesday 5th May - 10am

Facebook for Business – DigitalBoost National Webinar
Learn how to get the most from this social media platform during the Coronavirus. Register here.

Tuesday 5th May - 7pm

How to Avoid Getting Hacked in an Increasingly Online World – DigitalBoost National Webinar
It’s important (during COVID-19) that you avoid a cyber-attack: It could put you out of business (and jeopardise your customers’ data). Small businesses are NOT invulnerable. Register here.

Wednesday 6th May - 6pm

Taking Your Business Online During the Coronavirus Pandemic – National Webinar
We will look at everything you need to know including: What equipment you need to communicate with customers and staff (hardware and software), how to collaborate with colleagues, how to take online payments, creating a website, social media and email marketing. Register here.

Thursday 7th May - 10am

How to get Your Business Found in an Increasingly Online World – DigitalBoost National Webinar
A website that can't be found - won't help your business. Especially during the Coronavirus. Join us to look at how you can make search engines work for you including keyword research tools, optimisation strategy and more. Register here.

Thursday 7th May - 6pm

Structuring Your Business Finances: Covid-19 Challenge National Webinar
This webinar looks at the impact of the pandemic on businesses and identifies the positive and practical steps you can take now to structure your finances. Register here.

Friday 8th May - 10am

Should You Start Selling Online – An Overview in a COVID-19 World – DigitalBoost National Webinar
When our travel is restricted, trading online is often the only way to sell your products and services. This webinar explains what’s involved in getting into eCommerce and how to make a success. Register here.

Friday 8th May - 2pm

Managing Your Business Reputation - National Webinar
This webinar will look at ways to protect the reputation of your business during these uncertain times. (please note you will be sent a link to join the webinar 1 day before event). Register here.

Saturday 9th May - 10am

An Overview of Digital Marketing in a COVID-19 World – DigitalBoost National Webinar
With lockdown rules in place, an effective digital marketing strategy becomes vital. Here we cover the key factors to consider and how you can make it effective for you. Register here.

Sunday 10th May - 10am

Webinars, Live Streams and Video Conferences – Running a Business Remotely – DigitalBoost National Webinar
Streaming your services and using online platforms to sell or prmote your products is key for many during the Coronanvirus outbreak. This webinar will take you through everything you need to know to make it a success for your business. Register here.


Updated Businesses Directory Format

Many thanks again to the folks at Dunoon Area Alliance.

The Businesses Directory can now be updated by yourself if your business is not shown on the link as trading, in whatever form it is you are able to do so for now.

Form: https://www.dunoonareaalliance.org/dunoon-business-directory

Directory: https://www.dunoonareaalliance.org/


Directory of Local Authority Information for Community and Businesses Use

The work of Argyll and Bute work continues in responding to COVID-19.
Please find here a brief update on actions being taken and issues being addressed:

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Q; Are you re-opening civic amenity sites?
A: The current position is that travel to a household waste recycling centre is not classed as an essential journey in Scotland. As a result centres remain closed in all Local Authorities and are likely to remain so until the travel advice changes. Local Authorities are taking practical steps to consider under what circumstances centres could reopen, once the national travel advice is changed. This work includes considering how physical distancing at centres can be maintained in order to help protect staff and members of the public.

 Community resilience
The Customer Service Centre has continued to proactively contact people asked to shield (stay home for 12 weeks) to let them know about the community helpline and support available. To date, around half have advised that they do not need help, but have their own arrangements in place.

Employee resilience
Wellbeing information is being prepared and issued to employees. This includes a reminder about the employee assistance programme<https://healthassuredeap.co.uk/?wlfrom=%2Fhome%2F> that is free and confidential to use.

Bank Holiday 4 May
The community helpline will open from 10am to 1pm on Monday 4 May emergency social work services will be available for urgent social care outside those hours.
In some places the bank holiday is on Friday 8 May, for Victory in Europe (VE) Day (75 years). In Argyll and Bute we have maintained the holiday as Monday 4th May this means we align with Argyll and Bute HSCP arrangements. We will be marking VE Day by posting information about it, for example from this website - https://www.veday75.org<https://www.veday75.org/>

New business support funding

https://www.gov.scot/news/gbp-100m-funds-to-help-business/>. Information on how to apply is on the council’s website.
https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/coronavirus-newly-self-employed-hardship-fund?fbclid=IwAR02rmBXwFxLYEpzrmtiA4pYHOiuvW8bvxjYtKsMXuV-1jbknAN5U0f-9ao>

Recorded crime down during corona virus
https://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/news/2020/april/recorded-crime-down-during-scotland's-coronavirus-response>

01546 605524- Community Helpline

<https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/coronavirus-help-and-advice>, for financial; business; education; registration; social, domestic and homecare needs, and volunteering. Open 9am to 5pm Mon-Friday.
Dial 111- for health advice if your COVID-19 symptoms worsen or last more than 7 days.

Health advice:
www.nhsinform.scot<http://www.nhsinform.scot/>

Local community assistance:
https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/coronavirus/help-for-communities

National advice on volunteering and other aspects of responding to COVID-19:
https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/

Job centres:
https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus


Updated List of Businesses/Organisations Currently Trading

Good morning,

See below a link containing the latest update of businesses currently trading. If you are not on this list and should be, please let us know and it shall be updated.

Grateful thanks go to Tony Lucas at Smartsheet for providing an easy way to build and share this list of local businesses and organisations still operating through the lockdown.

This is a joint initiative with Dunoon & Cowal Coworks and Tacit -Tacit Design.

https://publish.smartsheet.com/7be54f6d6e794f8aa000fce6867ac072

Thank you


Business Support Update Information

Good afternoon,

Today’s update on supporting businesses as follows:

  • The multi-agency Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) has published its National Action Plan in response to COVID-19. The four key areas within the plan are Respond, Reset, Re-start and Recovery. https://www.visitscotland.org/news/2020/sterg-national-action-plan
  • The Scottish Government has  published a document outlining how decisions will be taken to control coronavirus (COVID-19) while restoring a degree of normality to everyday life. The paper - COVID-19: A Framework for Decision-Making - sets out the position during this ongoing period of lockdown and outlines the factors that must be considered as we move gradually to ease restrictions.
  • High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic new-measures-to-protect-uk-high-street-from-aggressive-rent-collection
  • Business Support Grant as of close of play 26 April:
  • 1724 applications have been processed. By grant type, 1568 have been processed for the £10k grant with 1405 approved, and 156 processed for the £25k grant, with 134 approved
    • £17.4m has now been awarded
    • 2202 applications have been received
    • The updated guidance issued by Scottish Government last week has been applied and currently only 8 claims still require further guidance
    • As of 21 April more than 72,000 applications had been received by Local Authorities across Scotland. Of these 33,176 have been awarded, with a total value of £388m. coronavirus-covid-19-business-support-fund-grant-statistics

If we can offer assistance regarding aspects of the support grants, please do e mail us or call: 07765 770858

Thank you


Government 'Bounceback' Loan Scheme Introduced

Good morning,

See below a link which gives full details of the newly introduced government 'bounceback' loan scheme for borrowing of £2,000 to £50,000 and able to be processed within days:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/small-businesses-boosted-by-bounce-back-loans?utm_source=f5ee6541-125d-4fc6-8c5a-d1c8e662bd7e&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Thank you


Government Guidance on Going to Work and Social Distancing

We have attached to this e-mail a link from Pamela Fraser of Argyll and Bute Council, to the updated Scottish Government Guidance on Going to Work and Social Distancing:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others-social-distancing/pages/going-to-work/

If you have further queries please call the Contact Centre: 01546 605519 or Pamela direct, via the details below.

Pamela Fraser
Environmental Health Officer
Environmental Health East
Development and Economic Growth
Argyll & Bute Council
22 Hill Street
Dunoon PA23 7AP

T: 01369 708686
E: Pamela.Fraser@argyll-bute.gov.uk
W: www.argyll-bute.gov.uk


Job Retention Scheme - Step by Step Guide

As part of the government’s commitment to supporting employers through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can now claim online for a grant for 80% of your furloughed employees’ salaries through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The following live webinar provides a step-by-step guide on how to make a claim through the scheme.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim
Choose a date and time

During this webinar you will be taken through the following steps:

  • essential information
  • before you make your claim
  • calculating your claim
  • processing your claim
  • after submitting your claim.

If you’ve missed any of the recent webinars, or have been unable to join, you can now view a recording on HMRC’s YouTube channel.

Thank you


Dunoon and Cowal Trading Businesses

Please see the link below with an updated listing of businesses in the area still trading. Please do e mail us if you think there is a  business requiring to be added to this list, and it will be updated.

Thank you to our friends at the Dunoon Area Alliance for their work on this database

https://publish.smartsheet.com/7be54f6d6e794f8aa000fce6867ac072


Dunoon Presents 2020 Events

Due to the current and ongoing Covid-19 health pandemic the Dunoon Presents board regrets to announce that there will be a moratorium on all planned and published 2020 events activity until further notice.

This is in line with current government advice.  Our primary concern is both the observance of that advice and the wellbeing of everybody involved in the staging of these events, ie: our businesses, attendees, competitors, organisers, spectators and suppliers..

As and when the current national lockdown and restrictions on people movement alters, we shall re visit the situation per the guidelines at that time.

For attendees, competitors and suppliers at planned events, we will contact you separately to advise on ticketing/entry arrangements as a result of this decision.

Thank you

The Dunoon Presents Board