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FAST START FUNDING - INNOVATE UK (Business-led innovation in response to global disruption)

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities during and following the Covid-19 pandemic. Competition opens: Friday 3 April 2020 Competition closes: Friday 17 April 2020 12:00pm

Balhousie Care Group has launched a smartphone app for employees, as care home teams pitch in together during a challenging time.

The app, developed in a record 10 days by Balhousie Care’s in-house IT team, gives the group’s 1400 staff immediate and on-the-go access to company news, tips and guidelines, particularly surrounding Coronavirus.

The app features Coronavirus FAQs, a weekly staff newsletter, and how-to’s on subjects like hand-washing and putting on Personal Protection Equipment. There are also links to the latest news from Balhousie Care’s 26 homes.

This week I am writing to a number of individual businesses that are displaying the worst examples of payment practice by issuing standard communications to their entire supplier base advising that payments are going to be delayed or stopped. At this time of national crisis, every business is facing extraordinary pressure on cashflow. Although I understand the need to make commercial decisions in mitigation, I am concerned that this action will damage the supply chain, the economy and the reputation of their own business.

Foodmek has supported the Food, Drink & Pharmaceutical Industries for 47 years and has a wide experience in design, manufacture, and servicing of equipment used within these industries. In these challenging times, they believe they have capabilities that could be used to help support their critical national infrastructure.

The three Enterprise Agencies in Scotland indicate their role to help the economy alongside the support for the health crisis.

The Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium consists of a group of 14 companies and the manufacturing research centres in the UK.
Over the past week the consortium has been working hard to investigate production of a range of ventilator design options to meet a high-level specification for a Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator System (“RMVS”) developed by clinicians and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”).
The consortium has evaluated all requirements to design, manufacture, assemble and test components, as well as finished medical ventilators.

Guidance for businesses in Scotland on social distancing, including the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Technological innovation alone, however, is not enough to face the complex challenges of today’s disruptive world. Such thinking ignores the real and exciting synergies that can be created between human ¬potential and digital potential. There is choice in the way that technologies are designed and implemented – good choices blend technological ¬potential with human capacity for learning, creativity and innovation. Bad ¬choices remove people from the equation, and you can end up with expensive failures.

Blog by:
Deborah Miller, Partner, MacRoberts LLP

On Friday 20 March, the Government announced further measures to help businesses and employees in these uncertain economic times. The Government announced a new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to provide employers with access to “support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis”.