Online resources for Businesses and Employers


On Tuesday 7 July, we partnered with Graham Ballantyne, Director of UK Business Mentoring Group for a second webinar, titled ‘The New Normal’.

This webinar explored what ‘The New Normal’ might look like for your business and how you can respond in the strongest way possible.

The session covered the following topics:

  • How to get back into your business
  • How to set the right environment for your business and your staff
  • Adapting to technical changes
  • Customer engagement – advertising to new customers and ensuring previous customers return
  • Why you should continue to diversify your business
  • COVID-19 business case studies – how have others adapted to change?
  • Planning for the future of your business

If you missed the webinar, you can watch it below.



On Thursday 21 May, we partnered with Graham Ballantyne, Director of UK Business Mentoring Group, to bring businesses a free webinar to help with their recovery plans.

This session covered areas to consider, including:

  • Staff
  • Suppliers
  • Customers
  • Marketing
  • Process
  • Financials

If you missed the webinar, you can watch it below.

We’d love to know what you thought of the webinar and if you have any suggestions as to what we could improve on for next time, or other topics you would like SVBS to cover, please let us know.
We are also asking businesses to share their thoughts on how their business has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the support their business requires for recovery.
If you would like to provide us with some feedback, please complete this form and return by email to



Guidance on advice to provide to staff including: how to help prevent spread of COVID-19; what to do if someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting; advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas; and advice for the certification of absence from work resulting from COVID19

Information on the support available to businesses impacted by COVID-19

Travel advice

ACAS has published information for employees and employers, including information on simple steps to help protect the health and safety of staff, sick pay and absence from work

A number of private lenders are also making funds available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including £2 billion from Lloyds Banking Group and £5 billion from NatWest

Creating Your Crisis Communication Plan – Positively Media

Business Continuity Planning Self Assessment – Oxfordshire County Council

Coronavirus Business Support Campaign

Arts Council England Emergency Funding

Sport England Coronavirus funding

Coronavirus Financial Business Support infographic

Coronavirus Guidance for those working in the Arts

Enterprise Nation – Free 3 month membership

Government launches new £40 million Clean Growth Fund to supercharge green start-ups