Our Colchester

Join us for a variety of sessions aimed to help you and your business during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have partnered up with key stakeholders in the town who want to offer their support and guideness around key topics we are facing at the moment. We have also collected free resources for you to use below.

Key Partners

Laura Hicks

Kim Moore

Digital Reflow

Neil D'Arcy Jones

Chris Morgan

Fisher Jones Greenwood

Online SESSIONS

LIVE SESSIONS:
KG Moore - The Comms Club

Our first session of BID to business see’s Our Colchester BID partner with local strategic marketing agency, KGMoore, to launch the Comms Club. This is a weekly conversation to help you gain direction and guidance on what to say in your marketing communications.

Register your interest by clicking here

When: 

Every Tuesday at 10am (starting 21st April)

Digital Reflow

Thursday: Facebook Ads

Digital Reflow is hosting a great webinar on Thursday 21st May at 2pm. If you’d like to learn how you can stand out with Instagram, then this webinar if for you! This is a great opportunity to hear from professionals and maximise your online presence during this unprecedented time.

To take part in this session CLICK HERE

 

VIDEOS/PODCASTS:
Laura Hicks, Jola Strategic

Jola Strategic has shared a series of videos with us. These are designed to offer you guidance through COVID-19 and help your business overcome any problems you might be facing. 

Part 1: Where we are now

To watch this video, please click here

 

Part 2: Step back and take stock

To watch this video, please click here

Please let us know if you found these videos helpful. We can then look to provide more throughout this period.

 

Neil D'Arcy Jones, The Packing Shed Theatre

Writing the story of your business! This podcast from Neil D'Arcy Jones shares a different way of looking at your business and how you can identify the journey you have come on since the launch of your business. You can use this story to guide you through the next few weeks and remind you, and your customers, of how far you have come. 

Click here to listen

Metro Bank - Understanding the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

A Q&A with Metro Bank Director & BID Director, Chris Morgan

This session took place on Wednesday 29th April at 1pm. If you missed the session, you will be able to watch the video call back by clicking here

What this session covered: Join the next edition of BID to Business to hear from Chris Morgan, Local Director at Metro Bank, as we aim to demystify the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The scheme is a part of a wider package of government support for UK businesses and employees. Read more at the Government’s Business Support website. During this webinar, Chris will answer your questions looking at the key features of the scheme. To ensure your questions are answers, please send them to sam@ourcolchester.co.uk by Wednesday 29th April. There will also be an opportunity at the end of the webinar for additional Q&A.

When:

Wednesday 29 th April at 1pm

Ellisons Solicitors

Below are a list of articals from Ellisons Solicitors. They would like to share these with you in aim to support you and your businesses. If you have any further questions around these subject areas, please get in touch or contact a member of the Ellisons team.

  1. Protecting your business against the economic emergency caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  2. Coronavirus and Employment Law – FAQs For Employers
  3. Sick Pay, SSP and COVID-19
  4. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) – CJRS
Fisher Jones Greenwood - What subject would you like to know more about?

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

Learn or refresh a skills by using

Future Learn

The Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (COLBEA) has expanded its business advice to cover any stage businesses needing support: call 01206 548833 or visit

COLBEA

For National Business Support visit

GOV

COVID-19 information from Colchester Borough Council (CBC)

CBC

For business support and guidance

Essex Chamber of Commerce 

COVID-19 Guidance for employers

South East Business Group

Advice for employers and employees

ACAS

Community Facebook Group for Colchester businesses

Shop Local in Colchester

Independent Retail Support

BIRA