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Covid-19 Free Business Support Resources

Free Business Support Resources

Resources have been made available for businesses and individuals to utilise for free, some for a limited period, during these times.

S.O.S Save Our Startups

Organisations involved:
Capital Enterprise, Crowdcube, Coadec, Draper Esprit, Eisa, Founders Forum, Tech London Advocates, The Entrepreneur Network, UK Business Angels Association, Seedrs

This is an opportunity for founders, employees, shareholders, customers and the wider ecosystem supporting Britain’s startup and high growth businesses to tell the UK Government what needs to be done to protect their future.

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Loughborough University London – Free Digital Skills Programme

Loughborough University London are working to support London-based start-ups and SMEs scale and grow through a two part programme aiming to grow their digital skills. The Digital Skills programme is a free two-part project with the aim to improve digital skills with a range of activities taking place online/ workshops and virtual meetups throughout the year. It offers online workshops and the chance to set virtual work insight projects for our students.

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HubbleHQ’s Remote Work Hub

A central hub for all things remote work related. From remote communication and collaboration best practices to transforming your home into a productive workspace.

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Seedlegals – Free Custom Working from Home Policy

Seedlegals are offering a free working from home policy document for startups

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PandaDoc – Free eSign Plan

Free eSign plan software gives companies unlimited users, unlimited document uploads, unlimited eSignatures and payment processing.

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Freshworks – Software Free for Small Businesses

For businesses with fewer than 50 employees, Freshworks is offering free and unrestricted use of its customer engagement tools, Freshchat and Freshcaller, for the next six months.

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Atlassian Free for Small Teams

Atlassian is making its flagship cloud products available for free for teams of up to 10 people. This comes in addition to its existing free offerings for teams of all sizes, and the offer is not time-bound.

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Cisco Webex for Free

Cisco Webex is offering users unlimited usage on the secure collaboration platform globally to help them get through this difficult time.

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Google – Free Advanced Google Hangouts Meet

Google is providing free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video conferencing features to all G Suite customers across the world. This includes up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers per domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive. The offer lasts until July 1, 2020.

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Slack – 3 Months free Slack for non-profits

3 Months Free on Slack for nonprofits and other organisations carrying out critical relief efforts during this tim.

Free upgrades to paid plans for teams working on coronavirus pandemic research, response, or mitigation. Interested teams can email a special address to get this set up, and a consultation on how best to get started with remote collaboration. Nonprofit organisations of any size are also eligible to receive three months of our Standard plan or Plus for their workspace free of charge. Email covid@slack.com to get set up

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Microsoft – Free six-month Office 365 E1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams

New in March 2020, a free 6-month Office 365 E1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams, is now available. Microsoft is making this special E1 Trial license available in response to the increased need for employees to work from home (WFH) in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

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Hootsuite – Free Access to Hootsuite Pro

Free access for Hootsuite Professional to small businesses and nonprofits until July 1st, 2020. Helping to manage social media, and stay connected with your customers and communities.

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Krisp.ai – New free plan and dropped prices

Krisp.ai is an AI-powered solution that mutes background noises and echoes during both the incoming and outgoing calls. The call participants can mute both their own background noises and the noises of other participants. Starting from March 17, 2020 and for the next six months, Krisp is giving its users 120 minutes of free noise cancellation per week.

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Headspace – Free Meditations on Headspace

Headspace is offering a collection of guided meditations and exercises (including brand-new recordings) available for free to all employers and their employees. It’s our small way of helping you and your workplace approach every day with compassion and understanding, as you look to keep your business as healthy and happy as possible.

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Calm – Free resources from Calm

Free resources from Calm to take care of our minds and stay grounded, including content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time.

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Calendy – Free Virtual Meeting Integrations

Free Zoom and GoToMeeting integrations for their online appointment scheduling software to help remote workers stay connected. Available through June 30. Also Free premium plan access to teams working directly on COVID-19.

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UK Research and Innovation – Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Sifted – How startups are supporting Europe’s coronavirus efforts

A growing list of how European startups are rallying to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

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World Economic Forum – COVID Action Platform

In order to accelerate learning and knowledge across the world World Economic Forum has created COVID Action Platform enabling employees or stakeholders one-click access to the latest strategic trends, research, analysis and data

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OVHcloud’s Startup Program

The OVHcloud Startup Program was launched in 2015 to support entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses

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Invigorate – Ongoing Advisory & Educational Support

A variety of educational masterclasses to support businesses navigate the downturn from sales, marketing to remote people management and fundraising. In addition, Invigorate runs a network of seasoned advisors with previous downturn experience.

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British Library – BIPC online resources

The Business & IP Centre has adapted some of their workshops to run as webinars and you can watch previous events on their YouTube channel. There are also free articles, blogs and Industry Guides online.

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Nextiva – 32 Working from Home Tips You Can Do Right Now

This handy guide helps you maximize your newfound freedom (and responsibility). These tips don’t only apply to individual contributors, but also managers and team leaders.

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