Supporting our business community through the coronavirus crisis

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The University will give businesses in the region access to our expertise, resources and networks.

  • 06 May 2020
  • 3 min read
The University, led by the Faculty of Business and Law, is playing its part as a member of the Solent business community to support our partners and friends during the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

View past webinars

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.

Business volunteering

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.

Together, we believe that we can help our business community survive and thrive through this period of uncertainty. If you would like more information or wish to comment on our plans, you can contact Portsmouth Business School at businesstalk@port.ac.uk

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