An unexpected side effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the cooperation and sense of camaraderie among many communities. While stories of individuals helping vulnerable neighbours are well-known, less discussed is the sense of solidarity that has arisen among the Scottish business community.
A goodwill collective, Scottish Business Cares (SBC), has been formed to help maintain this unity throughout and after the pandemic. Delivered by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) in partnership with the Scottish Government, with support from Par Equity, Taranata Group, Droman Solutions, and Clark Communications, SBC will provide guidance around the practical, financial, and legal issues businesses are facing as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.
It’s been fantastic to see the groundswell of support in the Scottish business community, and we don’t want to lose this feeling of unity once lockdown restrictions ease. Since the pandemic began, we have hosted approximately 30 webinars to help companies in Scotland share information and learn from each other’s expertise.
Inspired by the feedback from participants, we have created SBC to work with businesses through the pandemic and beyond to provide support where it’s needed.Jude McCorry, SBC Board Member and CEO of SBRC
Business leaders in Scotland have been faced with a challenge like never before and to tackle that we must work together. Scottish Business Cares is about sharing information and the experiences of companies throughout Scotland, from the Borders to the Highlands and Islands.
As we have all experienced, the needs of businesses have changed very quickly over the last few weeks and will do so again. As an informal but informed group, we can be agile, getting information to businesses as early as possible. This could make all the difference in their survival.
Above all we want to ensure that no Scottish business fails because of lack of knowledge or support so that we can emerge from this crisis the same vibrant business community we were earlier this year.
SBRC’s webinars will continue under the SBC banner and form the base of SBC’s guidance, alongside other initiatives. Previous attendees have described them as “the most relevant and informative webinar out there,” noting the content and presenters are “excellent [and] really worthwhile.Paul Atkinson, SBC Chair and Partner at Par Equity
The Scottish Business Cares Advisory Board includes Paul Atkinson (Par Equity), Jude McCorry (SBRC), Graeme Gordon (IFB), Lyn Calder (AAB), Belinda Roberts (WeDO Scotland), Paddy Tomkins (Droman Solutions), Simone Lockhart (Taranata Group) and Alistair Forbes.