Hi there! These are a few things we’re doing to try to help businesses affected by Covid-19 which might be useful to you – we’ve been helping companies as much as we can to remain cash positive, survive and plan effectively for the future. If any of the information below is of interest then please feel free to get in contact with us.

Free Covid-19 Battle Plans:

Mushroom is offering free online consultation meetings for Chamber members looking for support to help them through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Covering the government schemes, HR mitigation planning (see below), risk, insurance, operations and financial strategy, the output of these consultations is a battle plan with a series of action points to maximise support available and minimise risk during this challenging period. Many of the actions businesses will be able to enact themselves, and Mushroom’s support services are available to assist where required. To book a free consultation call, just register here.

Free WhatsApp business alerts covering all aspects are also available

HR Support for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme/strategic planning:

Businesses who furlough staff are required to provide a Furlough Agreement and communicate correctly with those involved. In some cases it appears this is not happening and companies may encounter difficulties if they have changed employees’ terms without following due process. If you need support liaising with your staff for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, or guidance on strategic planning for lay-offs or redundancies, Mushroom’s HR service can support with cost-effective advice and document drafting.

Covering the phones:

With offices closed and staff furloughed, answering business calls has become more challenging. Mushroom Virtual Assistant operates an affordable call-handling service that gives your callers a competent, friendly and human point of contact even when you or your staff are unavailable.

Starting at £70/month + VAT, the service can be used for anything from taking and passing on messages or qualifying new customer enquiries right through to providing a full switchboard service with assisted transfers through to the right people.

Cash-flow analysis for CBILs/business planning:

Those needing help preparing a detailed cashflow analysis to support a loan application under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) or to aid financial planning can obtain assistance from Mushroom’s Accounting Team. For businesses unable to get approved for a loan through the banks, we have also established a network of third-party lenders approved for CBILs/commercial loans, to which Mushroom can facilitate an introduction.

Click here to book a consultation

For Chamber members a 20% discount for 2 months is available when you sign-up during April/May 2020. Just quote code HWCHAMBER45-20.

Covid-19 Voluntary Community Groups:

With the isolated and vulnerable in our communities those most prone to suffering during the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve been working to support the thousands of amazing volunteers across the country in their efforts to engage with and help those in need. We have provided free of charge phone numbers and phone answering systems to more than 70 community groups across the country so far and are welcoming new requests. If you know of anybody involved in running a Covid-19 Mutual Aid (or similar) voluntary group who may benefit from our support, let them know that they can get started here.