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Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

B2B Support During Covid-19

Please find below a list of businesses offering support and advice during the COVID-19 crisis. This will be updated as and when offers of support arrive in our inbox.

  • Please also find a bank of information from some of our webinars and workshops.​
  • If you need advice which is not listed, please email us at events@perthshirechamber.co.uk and we will endeavour to source this for you.
  • Please get in touch via events@perthshirechamber.co.uk if you have anything you can offer your fellow businesses at this time.

Please feel free to use and share these online resources (more Gov announcements and press information to be found under COVID-19 Business Hub page here.

WEBINAR SUPPORT MATERIALS

Business Support early in Lockdown 

Our Business Support session took place with Thorntons and Johnston Carmichael who have kindly shared their slides with us as a PDF which can be accessed here and here and by clicking on the slides below.

This session covered key issues around the Job Retention Scheme and Business Interruption Loan and offers practical business options available during the current COVID-19 situation.  These can be accessed by clicking on the relevant image below.

 

Marketing in Challenging Times

Our Marketing in Challenging Times session took place with Limetree Consultancy and Eileen Cooper has kindly shared her slides with us as a PDF which can be accessed here.  

 

Cashflow Forecasting

Our Cashflow Forecasting session took place with Johnston Carmichael and they have kindly shared their slides with us as a PDF.  They also shared a simple Cash Flow spreadsheet (with disclaimer) which can be accessed here. 

 

Resilience

Our Resilience session took place with Blackadders and they have kindly shared their slides with us as a PDF which can be accessed here. 

 

Communication, Influence & Persuasion in Business

Our Communication, Influence & Persuasion session took place with Sandy McCurdy of Sales Coach Scotland and he has kindly shared his slides with us as a PDF which can be accessed here. 

 

Virtual Leadership

Our Virtual Leadership session took place with Rupert Hine, ActionCOACH and he has kindly shared his slides with us as a PDF which can be accessed here. 

 

Time Mastery

Our Time Mastery session took place with Rupert Hine, ActionCOACH and he has kindly shared his slides with us as a PDF which can be accessed here. 

 

ASL Consultancy

Our Compliance session took place with Stuart McGregor, ASL Consultancy and they have kindly shared their slides with us as a PDF which can be accessed here. 

They also kind provided additional information on face coverings and further external links.

 

Campbell Dallas

Our Funding Market session took place with Campbell Dallas and they have kindly shared their slides with us as a PDF which can be accessed here. 

 

Blackadders

Our Restructuring session took place with Blackadders and they have kindly shared their slides with us as a PDF which can be accessed here. 

 

B2B SUPPORT OFFERED DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC TO FELLOW BUSINESSES

  • Action Coach (PCC Member)

Opportunities for business owners to learn about the simple practical steps you should be taking to make sure you are prepared to survive the current outbreak, can be found by clicking the “urgent webinar” banner below.

Rupert Hine, Business Growth Specialist, ActionCOACH

The World’s #1 Business Coaching Firm

Email: ruperthine@actioncoach.com

Tel: 01577 335027

Web: www.actioncoach.co.uk/ruperthine

  • Blackadders (PCC Platinum Partner)

Blackadders has a regularly updated business hub full of advice and blogs to assist from a business and also a personal perspective on their website to support their communities.  

Please follow this link: https://www.blackadders.co.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

Blackadders Perth

Email: perth@blackadders.co.uk

Phone: 01738 440088

Web: https://www.blackadders.co.uk/

 

  • Creative Mongrel (PCC Member)

It's heartbreaking to think of the impact this is having on businesses throughout Perthshire and Tayside/Fife.  I thought you might like to know I've just published a guide called "Why it's OK to keep building your brand in a crisis - and how to do it" - you might find it helpful, it's at www.creativemongrel.com/great-brands-dont-stop 

Creative Mongrel

Email: getintouch@creativemongrel.com

Tel: 01382 671010 

Web: www.creativemongrel.com

  • DC Thomson/Wave FM Community Hub (PCC Platinum Partner)



We may be staying apart, but the Dundee and Perth community is closer than ever. Let us know what you or your organisation are up to, and we'll tell everyone else on Wave FM.

This is a difficult time for everybody, however, businesses and charitable organisations are doing more than ever to make sure everyone is safe and healthy. If you or your organisation are doing something special for the community in Dundee and Perth during the outbreak, we want to spread the word - for free.

Whether you're an individual, an organisation, a charity or trust, or a business looking to give something back. Let us give you a hand and use the power of local radio; fill out the details on the link below to be featured on our Community Hub on wavefmlive.co.uk

https://www.wavefmlive.co.uk/coronavirus/communityhub-submit/

  • DWK, Short Term Printer Rental, (PCC MEMBER)

All, 

I hope that everyone is staying safe and working from home where possible.

This situation doesn’t look like it will pass quickly, with that in mind we are offering a service of short term rental of A4 Colour Machines. (Click here for brochure)

The machine can be set up in your home and you can rent for as long as is required to enable you to print/copy/scan.

Should you wish to enquire regarding this service, please do not hesitate to contact me directly, either by replying to this email or by phoning the office number 01382 614790.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

DWK Office Solutions Ltd

5 Brunel Road

Dundee

DD2 4TG

T: 01382 614790

www.dwkdundee.co.uk

  • EFT Finance, Asset Finance for Business Growth, (NON-MEMBER)

Although I’m not in the chamber anymore, I would still like to offer support if I can. 

Details aren’t all that clear yet, but it looks like we will have access to arrange the gov backed business interruption loans with the lenders already on the EFG panel.

I would be happy to help, support and refer those who ask about it and will do what I can to help PCoC members get through this strange time.

Thanks

Gordon Larson

Associate Director

M. 07825 664 021

E.  Gordon@eftfinance.co.uk

  W. www.eftfinance.co.uk

  • FLONIX LTD, Flexible IT support, IT project delivery and IT advice, (PCC PLATINUM PARTNER)

The full work from home experience. With VPMe anyone, anywhere can securely:

  • Connect to all works files, applications, servers and printers.
  • Connect directly to their office PC using Remote Desktop - Helpful walk through scripts available on our website https://vpm-e.com/support/
  • Take their desktop phone home (if using IP phones) and plug in and instantly work with no reconfiguration required.

The VPMe ensures an instant, affordable and secure solution to the ever increasing likelihood that businesses will require increased home working capabilities. By purchasing one VPMe at £125.00 for the Office and a Sandhog device at £65.00 for each home worker any organisation can ensure the continuation of business function from the home without sacrificing security.

This solution removes set up time and associated costs allowing your employee to simply take their laptop (or use any device at home) and phone home and continue to work securely. VPMe ensures no lengthy set ups whilst maintaining internal and external communications.

Flonix Ltd Managing Director Daniel Lamb said "I recognise the problems that are facing many businesses at this stage and think the VPMe is the best solution to provide a resolve to the various issues facing all businesses in relation to home working at this time." 

Find out more at www.vpm-e.com 

  Daniel Lamb, Technical Director
  
  Flonix Limited
  Unit 5
  Riverview Business Park
  Friarton Road
  Perth
  PH2 8DF

  Phone: 01738 500400

  http://www.flonix.co.uk

  • Jelf Clark Thomson & Marsh Commercial (PCC MEMBER)

Here at Jelf Clark Thomson and Marsh Commercial our teams have been working tirelessly to get the right information together to support clients and our local business community; and with this have introduced a Marsh Commercial COVID-19 Resource Centre which can be easily accessed by the following link:

https://www.marshcommercial.co.uk/coronavirus/?utm_source=Scotland%20COC&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=C19

The page addresses a number of pressing matters which are of a high concern and consideration at the present time and we ask please if this can be published accordingly through your social media and distribution channels.

We are committed to providing the highest levels of support during this pandemic to both our clients, and the members of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce.

Graeme Christie and Anny Sutherland, Jelf Clark Thomson

Email: asutherland@clarkthomson.co.uk

Tel: 07342997123

Web: marshcommerical.co.uk 

  • M3 Networks (PCC Member)

I produced a video that went live on Friday night showing keeping how to keep their Zoom meetings safe. The platform has gained huge popularity for obvious reasons, it’s a fantastic tool, but there has been some bad press highlighting some security flaws. So, I thought I’d try and help and not only explain what people can do, but actually walk them through it step by step.

Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/xLDHkDqpwtM

Mark Riddell, Managing Director, M3 Networks

Email: mark.riddell@m3networks.co.uk

Tel: 01738 237003

Web: https://m3networks.co.uk/

  • PHX Water Ltd, Sterilisation of areas following confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases, (PCC MEMBER)

Sterilisation of areas following confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases.

Fogging sterilisation of areas using our specialist equipment which atomises an NSF approved product onto all surfaces, including electrical equipment. This “fog” penetrates all areas that can’t be reached by manual cleaning.

Typical sectors:

  • Hotels
  • Business Centres
  • Shops
  • Care homes
  • Offices

The costs involved vary largely depending on the size of area requiring sterilisation. A small office may fall in the region of £150 - £180. Anything beyond this will be based on the following:

Mobilisation Fee - £60

Labour 2 persons @ £40p/h per person (inclusive of return travel from PHX office, Friarton Road (PH2 8DY)

Chemicals @ £12 per/litre used (typically 2-4 litres)

Fuel at 30p/mile return from PHX office, Friarton Road (PH2 8DY)

Disposable PPE - £15

Connor Boag, PHX Water LTD

Telephone Number: 01738 472149

Email Address: Info@phxwater.co.uk

  • PPC Direct (PCC Member)

With the rapidly changing environment all businesses are faced with, ensuring your product, service or brand is receiving the exposure that it needs to survive and grow can be a challenge. If you have never tried Google Ads, Google's Pay Per Click advertising platform, then we would be delighted to arrange a call with you to discuss how Google Ads can help your business. This call is completely free and there is absolutely no obligation to use PPC Direct for any management going forward. 

If you have a Google Ads account and are looking for feedback on the structure, efficiency and effectiveness of your account then we can conduct a free account audit.  Full details can be found HERE.

You can request your free account audit here --> https://ppc-direct.co.uk/request-your-google-ads-account-review/

email: hello@ppc-direct.co.uk

call: 01738 237 911

  • SmartPA, Business Support Services, (PCC MEMBER)​

In these rapidly changing times we, at SmartPA, are experts in remote working and virtual support space.  Given the current climate, if you are suffering from staff shortages, sickness cover or an increase in demand, we can mobilise our workforce and be operational the same day, 24/7, covering the same business hours you do and giving you the support necessary to continue.

Due to the uncertainty of the coming weeks and months, I am offering reduced rate packages to Perthshire Chamber of Commerce members which will be tailored to your needs in an effort to help us all through this time.

Our Expertise

SmartPA are experts in providing market-leading secretarial, administration and PA support service to businesses. We partner businesses to help build their brand whilst delivering a world class service where security and confidentiality are paramount.

Services we provide include:

  • Transcription, proof-reading and dictation
  • Research
  • Document production
  • Diary management
  • Meeting organisation, preparation and follow ups
  • Bookkeeping, accounts and expense collation
  • Email and telephone handling
  • Client liaison
  • Any other necessary administrative tasks

If you require further information or would like a telephone one-to-one to discuss further, please contact me.

paul.ellis@smartpasupport.com

Tel: 07576 035 393

www.smart-pa.com

  • Thorntons, Legal Firm, (PCC Platinum Partner)

Thorntons Advice for Small Businesses

Support for SMEs

The Chancellor and the Scottish Government have introduced a number of measures to support SMEs amid the disruption caused by COVID-19. 

Although the government has released initial guidance, specific details particularly in relation to the application processes are yet to be fleshed out. 

We have set out a summary of the initiatives introduced to support SMEs below, namely the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, non-domestic rates reliefs and grants and deferred tax payments, and addressed some of the key questions which businesses are likely to have at this time. Please click here to read our briefing.

Key questions answered

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