Business Support, Surveys and Useful Links..

By Charlene Sharp


Words such as unprecedented, pivot, the new normal, recovery and WFH (working from home) have all become words that have formed part of the everyday vocabulary it seems as we navigate our way through these times due to the effects of the coronavirus.

As the UK begins to slowly ease its way out of lockdown over the coming weeks, we wanted to let you know that you are not alone and we at Mainframe are here to support or signpost you to the relevant help that is required.

Below is a round-up of some of the support/useful information that we have come across and thought might be of use.

Business Support

The Big House – from workshops, networking events (currently online), grants and business diagnostics

The University of Derby - are offering free short courses and webinars. All the interactive sessions are taught by academic experts with extensive industry experience;

Updates on future delivery can be found here:

The Creative Quarter - have put together a useful list of all the support that is available for businesses through this pandemic… from furloughing, statutory sick pay, HMRC deferment payments and more.



Mainframe have done a Covid-19 Impact Survey – we would really appreciate you taking the time to complete this short survey to help us create a picture of the current impact of the coronavirus on the digital and creative businesses in Derby and Derbyshire to help us shape what support will help for us to serve our community better.

Derby City Council have a survey as they want to understand how businesses are being affected due to the coronavirus pandemic. The findings will help guide the work of the Economic Recovery Task Force, a partnership which is harnessing expertise from the public and private sectors in the city.

D2N2 Growth Hub have a Covid-19 Feedback Form to aid local authorities who are working together to gain better insight into the effects of Covid-19 on local businesses and to influence the support they will need in the coming months


Useful Links

A number of organisations are offering training, memberships, advice and tips during this time..

The Digital Culture Network has generated a series of resources to help with the current crisis. Find out how you can enhance your organisation’s digital standing on a permanent basis

The STEAMhouse - have listed some very useful apps and websites to use when working remotely..

The Arts Marketing Association have launched the Digital Heritage Lab, a free programme for small to medium heritage organisations seeking to develop their capabilities and capacity

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