Information on Coronavirus

With coronavirus (Covid-19), we find ourselves continuously assessing how this may affect our own organisations, the way in which we operate, and what we can do to help our members. Here, you will helpful and up to date information, guidance…

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Top-up to local business grant funds scheme to be made available

A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses which were previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. The Business Secretary Alok Sharma and Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Simon Clarke spoke…

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Covid-19 driving employees seeking E-learning

The coronavirus outbreak has had a huge impact on jobs across the UK, affecting almost half of them at the present time as staff are placed on furlough and/or face redundancy. This has led to something like one in four…

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Figures shows a quarter of people unable to access mental health services

Mental health charity and TAF supporter Mind has found that hundreds of people who have tried to access mental health support during lockdown have been unable to get the help they need. The charity surveyed more than 8,200 people about…

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BEIS Webinars for Working Safely During Covid-19

The UK Government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance for business to help ensure workplaces in England are as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic. Over the next two weeks the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy…

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12 Easy Ways to Engage Your Members Online

If you’re like most associations, the topic of member engagement is usually at the forefront of your mind. And this is for a very good reason – it is the key to attracting and keeping your members, especially at a…

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Cyber Security and Home Working: Preparing your Organisation and Staff

The National Cyber Security Centre has released new guidance for organisations who are encouraging more of their staff to continue working from home. There are many cyber security challenges that may present themselves at such a time, and they will…

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Locked doors and virtual votes for this year’s AGMs

In this year’s Annual General Meeting ‘season’, there will be no free lunch available or having to deal with tricky live questions from your membership in quite the same way that you would normally. We have already seen a number…

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Government to support businesses through Trade Credit Insurance guarantee

Businesses with supply chains which rely on Trade Credit Insurance and who are experiencing difficulties maintaining cover due to Coronavirus will get support from the Government, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen has announced. Trade Credit Insurance provides…

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New 100% Backed Loan Scheme for Small Business

The new Bounce Back Loans scheme, announced by the Chancellor will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000, and access the cash within days. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, and from Monday 4 May,…

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New Measures to Protect the UK High Street Introduced

New measures to protect the UK’s high street from aggressive rent collection and closure have now bee introduced and High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection though they will be asked to…

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Railway Industry Association supports rail suppliers with Coronavirus response

TAF Member the Railway Industry Association has, like many, been supporting its members during the Coronavirus outbreak, ensuring companies have the latest information from Government and clients, and is regularly able to provide feedback to Government Ministers, civil servants and…

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Leading Mental Health Charities Unite to Bring Round the Clock Support to our Frontline

Leading mental health charities are uniting for the first time to provide round the clock mental health support to those working on the frontline against the Coronavirus. Mind, Samaritans, Shout, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation have launch “Our Frontline“,…

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