DMU offers free support to businesses affected by COVID-19


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Whatever your business is, you will have been affected by coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps you run a café that is now closed, you are suddenly managing a team who are all working from home, or you face having to furlough workers.

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is running free events and offering support to companies, freelancers and SMEs who would like advice and help.

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DMU is offering businesses free access to experts in areas including entrepreneurship and start-ups, small businesses, wellbeing, manufacturing and management to support businesses at this crucial time.

And SMEs who are looking for support to move services and products online can get help from DMU’s digital-savvy students. DMU Works – the university’s employability team – is matching businesses who would like help with digital marketing, social media and more students who have the skills to help them, for free.

Support offered by DMU includes:

• One to one sessions
• Online workshops
• Mentoring
• Review of your business plan
• Help to recruit graduates
• Weekly Twitter Q&As to answer questions and offer advice run by @DMUenterprise
Information on Government support available

Helen Donnellan, Director of Enterprise and Business Services, said: “Businesses everywhere are facing unprecedented challenges. It’s essential that we all work together to help our businesses to face the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We at DMU want to play our part in helping companies to get through this – and to ensure that they emerge stronger, more resilient and more successful.”

COVID-19:
* How students and staff at DMU are supporting the community at this time
Advice and information on COVID-19

DMU is running a survey to understand what is most important to businesses right now and how they are being impacted. This will help inform support packages which are being developed. Click here to take part.

Amardeep Panaser, career development manager for the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media (CEM), said the idea was to help companies who might need support in running their businesses online.

He said: “This is a good opportunity for us to help the community through these challenging times. Whether people want help to set up remote meetings online, they want websites building or they are not sure about social media, we have students with the skills to help.”

Posted on Wednesday 8th April 2020

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