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Supporting our community

Our community is enduring an extremely difficult and turbulent period as the world faces the Covid-19 Pandemic. Occupyd was created for small businesses as a platform for sharing resource, increasing income and growth. Social distancing has put a pause on the sharing economy and as small and micro-businesses battle on, we will do anything that we possibly can do support them. Most of our users are in the hospitality sector. We understand how you are feeling and want to help you in any way we can. Here is what we are planning to do:

  1. Monitor, gather and share information on the available support being offered to businesses who are financially and personally impacted.
  2. Find out how individual members of our community can be supported by their own customers and share this far and wide – see #viralkindness
  3. Work hard to be a source of additional income and growth for businesses when this is all over.

Support for businesses – what we know so far

The government is holding daily news conferences and we expect new measures to be introduced regularly as industry bodies and trade unions are consulted. It can be difficult keeping on top of all the information coming from different sources and understanding how it relates to you. That’s why we want to help by putting all the relevant information for businesses in one place. The government has unveiled financial support measures including £330bn in loans, £20bn in other aid, a business rates holiday, and grants for retailers and pubs.

The measures announced so far include:

  • a statutory sick pay relief package for SMEs
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support long-term viable businesses who may need to respond to cash-flow pressures by seeking additional finance
  • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

Full details as of the 18th of March can be found here. It will take some time for these measures to be implemented but as soon as we know how to access the support, we will share the details.

Helping each other – viral kindness

We’ve adapted the #viralkindness movement to support our community of small businesses. Using the template on our Instagram page, you can let people know how they can best support you through this period, including

  • sharing your story
  • buying a gift voucher now to be used later
  • ordering takeout or delivery
  • shopping online
  • leaving a review for your business
  • any other ideas you have!

Visit our Instagram page, check the #viralkindness highlight, screenshot the template, fill it in and tag us so we know. Then we will share it through our channels.

I’ve already ordered some biscuits from Maid of Gingerbread’s online shop (can’t wait to get them, much needed morale boost 🤩) and will be personally looking to support some of our other fantastic community members and other small businesses in the way that helps them most.

We at Occupyd are very fortunate to be laptop workers and are all now working from home as advised. We have taken this step because we can and we feel it is responsible to do so but we appreciate that for almost all of our community, this is not the case. As the founder of a business, I understand that your top priority will be the health and welfare of your team and customers, paying bills and wages and business continuity.

Keep an eye on our social media pages, stay safe and do not hesitate to get in touch if we can help you in any way.

Callum McPherson


Helpful resources:

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