Business Forum meets online during lockdown

Thursday 7 May 2020

The Business Forum is continuing to meet each month despite the Coronavirus lockdown. Today 25 members met to discuss the latest issues to face their businesses in lockdown and as they look forward to a move to a new post-lockdown ‘normal’.

Chaired by Jonathan Bowring of Riversight, the members were

  • updated on furloughing by Matt Jenkin of Moorcroft Solicitors
  • given an overview of the various financial measures put in place by the government to support businesses from loans, to VAT, tax, rent and mortgage holidays. With a mixture of self employed consultants and small to medium businesses amongst the members, Duncan Bye of Wilson Partners led a very informative session on finance
  • given an overview of issues facing Directors who take dividends led by Susan Elliott
  • The group also discussed where they saw the world of business going post-lockdown, ranging from a big increase in redundancies, to less of a need to have large corporate offices, the success of technology in keeping businesses working, the improved levels of communication and agreement that despite everything, there was no substitute for face to face meetings and that they will still continue eventually.

The next meeting will be on Thursday 4th June and this will include a talk by Tamsin Regnes, MBTI Practioner – “Really?! – Are you trying to frustrate me?!” This virtual meeting will be free to members. a limited number of guests can attend for £5 by booking via the online booking system.