Supporting our business community through the coronavirus crisis
Working and collaborating with colleagues and partners, we are have four key initiatives to support the business community and give everyone in the region access to our expertise, resources and networks.
Q&A webinars that reach to the heart of coronavirus issues
Our events team have refocused their efforts to deliver a series of #COVID19 #BusinessTalks in the form of weekly webinars, which bring together academics and industry specialists to answer your questions live. These sessions are available for later viewing and have already featured a practical session on managing teams remotely.
A thorough ‘business needs’ analysis
Recognising that data on the evolving and emerging business needs of the region will be critical to ensure that the community directs its efforts where they are most needed; the University is putting a team together to undertake an analysis exercise and ensure that it is underpinned by a strong evidence base. Colleagues in Portsmouth Business School are designing an online tool for rollout in mid May. Once up and running, the aggregated data from this analysis will be made into a public report for use by businesses, support organisations and local authorities across the region.
The University is facilitating a matching service that will allow our considerable business network to volunteer to a business in need of their expertise and services. This service will encourage people, who have time, to provide their knowledge and skills to help businesses in their hour of need. The University will be encouraging graduates, alumni, academics, professional services, collaborative partners, business specialists and students to volunteer and provide one-to-one support to a business.
Dedicated schemes to support business resilience and growth
When we emerge from the lockdown period, the University will, building upon its experience, the ‘needs analysis’ and the requests for support; begin to adapt and conceive programmes for organisations that help them back to business as usual or new business ventures.