WCN Business Beyond Covid

Survive, recover, refocus

Wells experts help Wells businesses, free of charge

A large number of Wells-based professional firms and several retired senior business executives, our ‘sympathetic ears’, all assembled by the ‘Business Beyond Covid’ team at Wells Coronavirus Network (WCN), are now ready to offer their experience and advice, free, to any local business in need of fresh ideas.

The Covid-19 emergency has hit every business hard, in different ways, and the fact is that most are still struggling to recover, to make sense of the ‘New Normal’. 

As society adjusts to working from home, the impact of social distancing, the surge in online buying, the collapse of certain markets and the emergence of new ones, job security and planning for the future have never been as tough as this.

The “Sympathetic Ear” service – the “stress buster”..
We have assembled a panel of retired business people (“Sympathetic Ears”) who will listen to and share in the anxieties of business owners without cost. Their role is to listen, not advise. They have been through ups and downs in the careers.  It brings together an amazing range of experience from people who have chosen Wells to live. You choose the particular “Ear” you want to talk to. Please email wcnbusinessrecovery@gmail.com if you would like to talk to someone.

The Local Professionals service – helping you increase your skills.  A number of local professionals have offered services free to local businesses. They cover a wide range of services from traditional ones such as law and accounting to ones we are all learning about such as managing websites, handling and sending out group emails, and using social media to promote e-commerce, with many in between you will be able to apply in your business such as the latest in marketing and business planning.

Local Professionals List

Here are a few examples of what is on offer

  • A Business Start-up pack explaining everything that you need to think about, plus a free explanatory meeting
  • A free workshop on starting to use Mailchimp for email marketing
  • Help on how to keep your own website up to date

The Start-Up Booster service. Ever dreamt of starting your own business or becoming self-employed ? With redundancies and new opportunities, now could be the right time to look into how to do it – using the knowledge we can give you to make it easier.

We are very much open to ideas for other business services, and to offers of
help and time from both local businesses, active professionals and retired
business and professionals. Email or call WCN on 01749 467 079. Someone will return your call very quickly.

“When businesspeople need advice, their first port of call is usually their accountancy practice,” says Christopher Bond, the programme’s so-leader. “We have two leading Wells practices in our team but some of the advice a business needs will require other skills: making your website work harder, WordPress, digital and social media marketing, short and long-term strategy, public and press relations, lease negotiation, getting the best from Mailchimp, setting up on your own for the first time … We have them all, ready to help, one-to-one or in workshops.”

The Business Beyond Covid programme starts with a workshop giving advice for start-ups on 30 September and the others will be launched at a Professionals Panel event officially on Thursday October 8th at 7pm on Zoom. Many of the Local Professionals and Sympathetic Ears will on hand for business owners to talk to and arrange to meet up. Register here for your place and a zoom link will be sent to you with the confirmation.

A series of workshops will follow – watch this space ! Or go to our Facebook page for Events listings.