To help you navigate your way through coronavirus (COVID-19) we are creating a series of videos and podcasts where we speak to business owners and businesses about how they're implementing changes and measures to help them cope in the current crisis.
Presented by Nigel Barker, Digital Marketing Adviser at Business West and an experienced broadcast journalist in his own right, the series aims to deliver specialist insights to help you make sense of the new government support schemes that have been announced, and to provide answers to various questions that you may have.
Trading Through Coronavirus Video Series
Video #37: Ian Mean and Phil Smith - "Business is everything" (published 21/07/20)
In this episode, Ian Mean, Director of Business West in Gloucestershire, speaks again to Phil Smith, Managing Director at Business West, about how well the government has so far achieved it's goals for kick-starting the economy, the future of office-working, and the broader importance of business throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Video #36: Ian Mean and Matt Griffith - Rishi Sunak's Summer Statement (published 08/07/20)
In this episode, Ian Mean, Director of Business West in Gloucestershire speaks to Matt Griffith, Policy Director at Business West, about Rishi Sunak's Summer statement and how the new economic stimulus package might affect businesses.
Video #35: Ian Mean and Phil Smith discuss Boris Johnson's "New Deal" (published 30/06/20)
In this episode, Ian Mean, Director of Business West in Gloucestershire speaks to Phil Smith, Managing Director at Business West, about Boris Johnson's speech and the hopes for his "New Deal".
Video #34: Phil Smith - Unemployment and Economic Recovery in the South West (published on 19/06/20)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to Phil Smith, Managing Director at Business West, about the impact of Covid-19 and lockdown on employment rates.
Video #32: Steve Bluff - The retail sector and city centre ghost towns (published on 03/06/20)
In this episode, Nigel chats to Steve Bluff, Manager of Broadmead BID, about the current problems facing the retail sector and how our high streets are adapting to change.
Video #31: Phil Smith - Mopping-up mass unemployment (published on 02/06/20)
In this episode, Ian Mean talks to Phil Smith, Managing Director of Business West, about the impending job losses as a result of coronavirus and how government can intervene.
Video #30: Sado Jirde - Standing up to racial inequality (published on 02/06/20)
In this episode, Nigel chats to Sado Jirde, Director of Black South West Network (BSWN), about how COVID-19 disproportionately affects black and ethnic minority communities, and why now is the time for change.
Video #29: Andy Street - Tackling food poverty (published on 29/05/20)
In this episode, Nigel chats to Andy Street, Chairman of FareShare South West and Feeding Bristol, about the operation to get food to vulnerable people during the COVID-19 crisis.
Video #28: Janine Woodcock - 'Furlough Fear' and advice for business leaders (published on 26/05/20)
In this episode, Ian Mean talks to Janine Woodcock, Founder and Managing Director of Zingg Ltd, about the very real 'furlough fear' for employees and how business leaders can help create a positive experience.
Video #27: Dr Nick Capstick - Laptops for kids (published on 20/05/20)
In this episode, Nigel chats to Dr Nick Capstick, CEO of The White Horse Federation, about tackling the major issues with the digital divide in education.
Video #26: SPECIAL EDITION - UK furlough scheme extended until October (published on 12/05/20)
In this special edition episode, Ian Mean, former Editor of Western Daily Press, chats to Phil Smith, Managing Director at Business West, to get his thought's on Chancellor Rishi Sunak's announcement on the future of the furloughed workers scheme.
Video #25: SPECIAL EDITION - Ian Mean & Phil Smith react to Boris Johnson's big announcement (published on 11/05/20)
In this special edition episode, Nigel once again hands over the reins to Ian Mean, former Editor of Western Daily Press, who speaks to Phil Smith, Managing Director at Business West, to get his thought's on Boris Johnson's big announcement of the new UK lockdown rules.
Video #24: Becca Luger - Crumpet! Cakes and evolving to stay in business (published on 11/05/20)
In this episode, Nigel chats to Becca Luger, owner of Crumpet! Cakes, about the sudden cancellation of this year's festival season due to coronavirus and how the business is having to evolve to stay alive.
Video #23: Sue Turner - The impact of COVID-19 on charities (published on 08/05/20)
In this episode, Nigel talks to Sue Turner, Chief Executive of the Quartet Community Foundation, about how charities are being affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Video #22: James Durie - The furlough scheme and getting back to work (published on 07/05/20)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to James Durie, Chief Executive of Business West Chambers of Commerce and West of England Initiative, about the possible implications for UK business if government relax the coronavirus furloughed workers scheme too soon, and what a return to work may look like for many.
Video #21: Ameeta Virk & Kerry Stagg - The impact on international trade (published on 05/05/20)
In this episode, Nigel chats to Ameeta Virk, International Market Specialist at Business West, and Kerry Stagg, Market Research Manager at Business West, about how COVID-19 is affecting global trade and what advice they have to help UK exporters weather the storm.
Video #20: Fiona Crump - How we can learn to live with the 'new normal' (published on 01/05/20)
In this episode, Nigel talks to renowned counsellor and Founder of Yellow Dot Women Fiona Crump, about how we are processing this new way of living and how we are seeing a merge of our different identities.
Video #19: SPECIAL EDITION - Ian Mean and Phil Smith reflect on 6 weeks in lockdown (published on 30/04/20)
In this special edition episode, Nigel once again hands over the reins to Ian Mean, former Editor of Western Daily Press, who speaks to Phil Smith, Managing Director at Business West, about what a return to work could look like and how government can help soften the blow.
Video #18: Dr Zara Nanu - Gender Equality: What we can learn in a time of crisis (published on 27/04/20)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to Dr Zara Nanu, CEO and Co-Founder of Gapsquare, about how the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is threatening progress for gender equality at home and at work.
Video #17: Greg Pilley - 'Adapting to survive' A tale from the independent brewing sector (published on 24/04/20)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to Greg Pilley, Managing Director of Stroud Brewery, about meeting the challenges facing independent breweries who have seen sales slump during the coronavirus lockdown.
Video #16: Matt Griffith - Our survey says: Only 16% of businesses will cope if coronavirus crisis lasts 6 months (published on 23/04/20)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to Matt Griffith, Director of Policy at Business West, about the coronavirus business survey findings that paint a bleak picture for the UK economy if the crisis drags on past the summer.
Video #15: Ben Shorrock - The coworking space crisis during coronavirus (published on 22/04/20)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to Ben Shorrock, Managing Director of TechSPARK, about the challenges and risks facing tech businesses who are based in coworking space offices.
Video #14: Kerry Stagg - The world economic outlook and supply chain management (published on 21/04/20)
In this episode, Nigel chats to Kerry Stagg, Market Research Manager at Business West, about the current global economic growth forecasts and why businesses should be looking to restructure their supply chains.
Video #13: Richard Bonner - Crunch week for UK business (published on 20/04/20)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to Richard Bonner, Director of Arcadis and President of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative, about it being crunch week for UK business as many try to access the critical financial support schemes recently introduced by government.
Video #12: Iain Wolsey - Coronavirus exit strategy planning (published on 17/04/20)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to Iain Wolsey, Chairman of Business West, about the importance of the British Government developing an effective coronavirus exit strategy that will give businesses the best chance of success.
Video #11: Claire Ralph - The furlough scheme revisited (updated information current as of 07/04/20)
In this update episode, Nigel catches up with Claire Ralph, Policy Project Manager at Business West and former tax adviser, for a summary of the recent changes made to the guidance for the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Video #10: William Frazer - The NFU and the COVID-19 Business Impact Service (published on 09/04/20)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to William Frazer, County Adviser at NFU (National Farmers' Union), about the launch of their new COVID-19 Business Impact Service and the effects coronavirus is having on the food supply chain.
Video #9: SPECIAL EDITION - Ian Mean and Phil Smith reflect on 3 weeks in lockdown (published on 09/04/20)
In this special edition episode, Nigel hands over the reins to Ian Mean, former Editor of Western Daily Press, who speaks to Phil Smith, Managing Director at Business West, about current challenges for business and why there is hope on the horizon.
Video #8: Victoria Matthews - PPE shortages and the calls for support (published on 08/04/2020)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to Victoria Matthews, Initiative Manager at Business West, about the current Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortages across the UK and how South West businesses are answering the calls for support.
Video #7: Ed Tellwright - The accessing finance challenges for start-ups (published on 07/04/2020)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to Ed Tellwright, Access to Finance Adviser at Business West, about the problems start-up businesses are experiencing when trying to access finance, and the possible rescue package options being considered by the Government.
Video #6: Simon Talbot - Successfully navigating the COVID-19 crisis (published on 06/04/2020)
In this episode, Nigel starts the week off with a good news story by speaking to Simon Talbot, Managing Director at P3 Medical Ltd, about how his company is successfully navigating the COVID-19 crisis.
Video #5: Phil Smith - 14 days into lockdown, what next for businesses? (published on 03/04/2020)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to Phil Smith, Managing Director at Business West, to reflect on how UK business is coping after 14 days in lockdown.
Video #4: CBILS revamped! The Chancellor's new rules and what this means for business (published on 03/04/2020)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to a group of business owners and leaders about the latest changes to The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), and the struggles for businesses trying to access the new scheme.
Video #3: Claire Ralph - How the Government's coronavirus support packages work for different businesses (published on 01/04/2020)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to Claire Ralph, Policy Project Manager at Business West and former tax adviser, on how the different business continuity schemes being released by government are being received by the local business community.
Video #2: James Durie - Bristol's reaction to 7 days in lockdown (published on 31/03/2020)
In this episode, Nigel speaks to James Durie, Chief Executive of Business West Chambers of Commerce and West of England Initiative, about how the regional business community is coping with the coronavirus crisis and the current national lockdown.
Video #1: Rachel Picken - How the communications industry is coping with coronavirus (COVID-19) (published on 30/03/2020)
In this first episode, Nigel speaks to Rachel Picken, business owner and former Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, to find out how her business - Agile PR - is dealing with the current coronavirus crisis.
Trading Through Coronavirus Podcast Series