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What are we doing about COVID-19?

The Launchpad team are putting practical measures in place to reduce the health risks for individuals and businesses with whom we engage. We understand, as new business owners this is a particularly concerning time and the steps we have introduced are designed to minimise risk to you and your business, whilst crucially ensuring you can continue to access help and support.

Within Launchpad, we are following Government guidelines and teams have, where appropriate, facilitated home working for staff where feasible. We will be introducing new measures to enable you to access planned workshops online. You will be contacted by your advisor about any workshops you have already booked.

As a further precaution, we have also encouraged face-to-face meetings to be replaced with telephone meetings as a means of preventing the spread of Coronavirus within the Sheffield City Region.

What can you do?

We encourage you to read and act on the advice provided by Government and to adjust your working practices accordingly.

Make yourself aware of the signs and symptoms of the virus. If you are infected or suspect a colleague or member of the public has become infected with the virus, follow this information.

The Government has already introduced some financial measures to help individuals who are self-employed to safeguard their businesses. We will continue to share this information when more details become available

Everyone here in the Launchpad team wish you all the best and we will continue to keep you updated about changes to our programme via our social media channels:


Further resources:

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has published guidance notes aimed at helping employers and business owners to help prevent the spread of coronavirus:

Further information about Government support for businesses, particularly in relation to help available and payment of statutory sick pay is available here:

Public Health England has produced a range of resources, including guidance for specific types of businesses as well as guidance to keep your home and loved ones safe here:

NHS – Advice on Covid-19

Westfield Health has published its own employment guide for handling the pandemic:

Additional help and guidance for those working within social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations:

Zurich – Organisational Resilience – Guidance on Pandemic Planning

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