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COVID-19 How CBL can help your business

Date created: 6/30/2020

City Business Library (CBL) are supporting small businesses and start-ups with advice, support and data.

Data and market research can help you make informed decisions that will help you start a new business, or pivot your existing one. A CBL membership gives you access this data from anywhere in the UK.

Our online databases include access to the Cobra (Complete Business Reference Adviser) database that has a factsheet ‘Coronavirus - Government Support for Business’ which contains advice on sources of information for businesses and employers.

More people are learning from home, but at the same time we know you aren't experiencing this alone. Our free talks can help you meet other businesses similar to yours and make your business accessible online, with digital marketing workshops, business development talks and panel discussions from industry leaders.

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Website and webinars focusing on the impact on industries/market sectors

IbisWorld is closely monitoring Covid-19 pandemic's effects on industries and keeping you informed with insights and analysis with their reports and webinars.

Facts and figures on Covid-19/Coronavirus, updated regularly, by Statista. this will give not only the headline global data but the impact on individual industry sectors.

Marketline has produced a number of executive briefings with an in-depth look at the impact on industry sectors worldwide. You can get updated reports directly to your inbox by subscribing to the MarketLine Executive CoronaVirus Briefings.

Free websites focusing on funding support for business:

  • The Mayor of London has launched a new crowdfunding initiative Pay it Forward to help local businesses secure trade. Through this free fundraising platform, small businesses can offer customers the option to buy goods and services in advance, based on a promise to deliver in the future.
  • London Growth Hub offer useful links on their site to help London businesses through these times, including free 121 advice for businesses and employers
  • Federation of Small Business offer guidance and support advice, they also includes free webinars for anyone
  • GRANTfinder have produced information about government schemes to help with funding for UK business