The Covid-19 SME Resource Centre

Helping your business through these challenging times

Introducing the C-19 SME Resource Centre

We’re talking with SME business leaders across the country every day. And the feedback is loud and clear that there is little really useful real-time information out there for people like us. That’s why we’re so passionate about doing what we can to help get through these challenging times, and build towards a better, stronger future.

That’s why we’ve created the C-19 SME Resource Centre – the latest updates and information on Coronavirus and your business.

Simply register and we’ll keep you updated with the latest additions.

Pragmatic advice from every business discipline

The SME Resource Centre collects together pragmatic advice from our 90 strong group of Marketing Directors from the UK and SA who spend their lives working with SME’s; to this we’ve added guidance on financial matters, IT, HR and more from our trusted partners; plus, links to government and business sources.

We do hope you find this resource useful and we can spark some optimism and shared enthusiasm for building a better, stronger future together.  




Marketing Matters video blog - tactics you can implement now

Insight from experienced Marketing Directors about marketing in a world reshaped by C-19, plus useful hints, tips and advice.

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Marketing Matters #7

In this video recruitment specialists Scantec share their learnings on how they have been adapting their business in light of the current Covid-19 crisis, from:

  • Adjusting work practices and furloughing staff
  • Implications for the recruitment industry - embracing technology, remote working, online interviews etc.
  • How best to prepare for life after lockdown
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Marketing Matters #8

In this video our marketing expert Robert Stead shares some useful tips around CRM, discussing what you can be doing now to get the most out of it and how it can help support your business in these challenging times. 

  • Deduplicate your contact database
  • Declutter your sales prospects
  • CRM enhancements - building workflows, data capture forms, link to social channels etc. 
  • Integrate invoicing/quotations to enhance data
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Marketing Matters #9

In this video plastic injection moulding company ENL discusses how they have adapted their business operations and the learnings they have gained whilst working through this current situation, from overcoming workforce challenges to meeting new product demands from new markets.

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Marketing and Wider Business Expertise


The Marketing Centre Launches 2020 Accelerator Framework

The Marketing Centre is proud to announce the launch of its first of a kind Do-It-Yourself Accelerator Framework. The programme sets out to make it easy for SME businesses to see clearly the steps needed to take it towards growth.

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What kind of business do you want to be during COVID-19?

Most people will recognise aspects of their business’ behaviour in each of the three groups.

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Brand Reputation during the Covid-19 Crisis

Every action that you take during this crisis period should be thoroughly thought out. Now is not the time to fly by the seat of your pants. Here are three areas that you could focus on to protect your brand reputation...

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How the Coronavirus is affecting B2B business and what we can do about it

There is the immediate global economic impact which is affecting businesses in the short term, and unfortunately will have long-term ramifications for some time to come unless we adapt our operations and strategies accordingly and make a concerted effort to stand out from the pack.

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Agile Response from Popup Products

Exemplifying brand agility, one of our clients, Popup Products, reengineered their production facility in 3 weeks, going from a business producing gazebos and portable branding solutions to producing non-woven spunbond face masks.

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Generosity of Brands

What makes a brand generous in these COVID19 times? Really, it is the people behind these brands being generous with their skills and living out one of their  core values. I wondered whether generosity was stated in their vision/mission and value statement. So, I went to explore…

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What happens post Covid-19?

When you stop your marketing efforts...  If you are on a bicycle and you stop peddling, it will continue to move forward for a while, but, eventually, it will come to a complete stop. Now, I would like you to think about your marketing activities just like your bicycle...

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Marketing in a world changed by Covid-19

Practical guidance from our expert team of part-time Marketing Directors on the best marketing tactics to implement during these uncertain times.

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Tax Responses to COVID-19

Tax Responses to COVID-19  from Adam Postepski of the FD Centre which we are sure you’ll find helpful during this time

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10 Frequently asked questions about business rescue

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Business Rescue

Schindler Attorneys share their answers to respond to the questions you're asking.

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Citadel gives their insights on Covid-19 Lockdown

Citadel Chief Investment Officer, George Herman, and political analysts, Lawson Naidoo and Professor Richard Calland of the Paternoster Group to share key economic and political updates with you.

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Covid-19 Impact and Risk Response Guide

This guide from BDO gives general risk response guidance for companies to consider when deploying business continuity planning (BCP) measures and to maintain the agility to overcome the difficulties faced.

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Learn to be a Lateral Thinker to adapt your business to the current climate

Our CEO, Sally Shuttleworth urges business to think laterally - to adapt and survive the economic crisis we are faced with.


Finance Advice

Key considerations for planning around the Cornonavirus from the experts at The FD Centre.

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Being a leader has never been more urgent!

Leading in a time of crisis course by Grovation and GLS363 - this course has been made available for free to anyone who registers on the GLS363 website until the end of May.

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Government Information

How to prevent the spread of cover-19 in the workplace

10 Steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace

Implement these 10 steps to ensure that you and your employees are safe in the workplace.

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South African Lockdown Guidelines & Information

If you need any information regarding the SA lockdown, this is a good resource.

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Coronavirus debt relief fund for businesses – here’s how it will work

Support measures from Government for
businesses in respect of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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Stay up to date with C-19 stats and news in SA

South Africa's official Coronavirus (Covid-19) online news and information portal. In association with The Department of Health and the NHI.

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