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New online learning platform to boost workplace skills

The Department for Education has launched a new online platform to support people to improve their workplace skills and strengthen their job prospects during the coronavirus outbreak. The Skills Toolkit will provide a range of free online courses on key workplace skills, including using e-mail, social media and numeracy. The courses cover a range of difficulty levels and are flexible so learners can work through them at their own pace. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Bounce Back Loan scheme for small businesses

The Chancellor has launched a Bounce Back Loan scheme to support small businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme will provide loans of between £2,000 and £50,000 with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders. Loans will be interest-free for the first 12 months and businesses can apply via a short online form. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Webinar: Leading and Managing through Change with BrightBird Coaching & Training

This webinar will provide an overview of the following topics: An overview of change and the impact on employees.How to use a coaching approach in Leadership.Monitoring performance and managing employees during change.Tips for engaging employees during change including consideration of talent management.Living your values and ethos during change. Friday 1st May 3:00pm to 3:45pm. Karen Amos & Craig Vincent Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Chancellor extends furlough scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended by one month to reflect continuing social distancing measures. The scheme will now be open until the end of June 2020. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Support package for charities announced

The Chancellor has announced a £750 million package of support for frontline charities to ensure they can continue to operate during the coronavirus outbreak. The support includes a £370 million grant scheme for small and medium-sized charities to enable them to meet the increased demand for their services as a result of coronavirus as well as continuing to carry out their day-to-day activities. The grants will be made available via the National Lottery Community Fund. An additional £360 million will also be provided to UK charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Coronavirus guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs)

he Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has robust plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed to support key industries

Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next two leave years. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Income support scheme for self-employed

The Chancellor has announced a new scheme to support the self-employed and members of a partnership who have lost income due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Self-employment Income Support Scheme will provide a taxable grant worth up to 80% of a self-employed person's trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next three months. To be eligible, claimants must have average annual trading profits of less than £50,000 and earn more than half their income from self-employment. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Coronavirus – business support

The website lists the various measures available and who is administering them Read More...( Opens in a new tab)

Regulator warns against charity bank fraud amid rise in reports

The Charity Commission has said it has received several reports from charities who have been targeted by fraudsters impersonating members of staff, who are attempting to change employees’ bank details. In all these cases the request was made via email. Read More...( Opens in a new tab)
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