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Covid-19: Free Business Advice Sessions

There is no denying, these are challenging times for anyone leading a business.

To help with some of your most pressing concerns including cashflow, staffing and investment, Lissa and Adam in our Enterprise Team have been working with our network of professional partners to create an online event series.

Check out our session summary below to register for forthcoming workshops. Meanwhile, for any of our previous sessions, you can now catch up on demand using the links below:

Previous Sessions

Remote Product Development: Adapting to the New ‘not-so’ Normal

With the right tools and agreed collaboration, full product development can take place without ever having to physically meet clients or suppliers. Join Brian Combe, Managing Director of Edinburgh-based product development consultancy, i4 Product Design to find out how to successfully develop your product remotely.  

Beyond Lockdown and Furlough

If you’ve furloughed some or even all of your workforce, what happens next?  Listen to Natalie O’Hare of BeyondHR to find out what people management plans you need to put in place to ensure your employees can get back to work immediately after the lockdown is lifted. In this session, Natalie also discusss how to handle redundancies and the statutory duties you need to consider. 

Funding Mission-Led Businesses during COVID-19

This session is a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of social investment and whether it is right for you. You’ll also hear about the various funds and support available to third sector organisations during these challenging times. Join us to gather information, insights and tips on raising finance to grow, develop socially enterprising activities and navigate through this tough time.

From Frozen to Action: Progressing your Game Development to Market 

Are you a game developer looking to bring a new game to market? Have your plans stalled due to the current crisis? Join Rockstar Lincoln veteran, Mark Lloyd, for top tips on how to get your project back on track. 

Britain Needs Entrepreneurs Now

It is often said that there is an opportunity in every crisis. Is this true for this pandemic? People around the world are worried about their health and livelihood and it can seem counterintuitive to see this as a time for opportunities and re-invention.

Serial entrepreneur and founder of Scottish Business Network Russell Dalgleish shares his thoughts on why this might be a great time to be an entrepreneur. 

Angel Investment during and after COVID-19

How will high net worth and angel syndicates be approaching investment in innovative new companies in light of the COVID-19 crisis? Will certain sectors see more activities than others and how will valuations be affected? Join Converge for a panel discussion with Sarah Hardy (Archangels), Jock Millican (Equity Gap), Steven Morris (ESM Investments) and Poonam Malik to find out the challenges and opportunities for innovative young businesses looking for equity investment during and after COVID-19.

MSDUK Innovation Challenge webinar

Are you an ethnic-minority start-up based in Scotland? Want to get your innovative idea in front of global brands and investors? Find out more about Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) and how to apply for their Innovation Challenge. 

Managing your Cash Flow during COVID-19

The Coronavirus has created unprecedented circumstances for businesses and pressure on their finances. Nick Cole from cashflow forecasting experts, Float, provides tips and advice on cash flow management.

Investment during and after COVID-19

Is it worth seeking investment right now? What will the investment landscape look like over the coming year? What will investors be looking for as we come out of the pandemic? Join new Converge chair, Paul Atkinson, a successful entrepreneur and founding partner of venture capital firm Par Equity, for an open discussion and Q&A about what Scottish companies can expect as they seek equity finance in these challenging times.

Funding Options for Start-up Companies

If you’re an emerging entrepreneur looking for funding, then this session is for you.  Find out what funding options are available to start-up/spin-out companies in Scotland plus the pros and cons of funding options such as grants, business competitions and investment including crowdfunding. This session also analyses different funding routes and provide guidance on which ones should be considered depending on the business development stage.

Creativity & Entrepreneurship during COVID-19

Starting and growing a business in the creative industries can be challenging at the best of times. Can you move your company forward during a major crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and if so, how? Serial creative and social entrepreneur Rachael Brown joins this open Zoom session hosted by Converge to offer advice and answer your questions. 

Managing your Legal Obligations during COVID-19

What are your legal obligations during the COVID-19 crisis? Alexander Lamley from Converge partner, MBM Commercial, will cover current hot topics such as employment, commercial contracts, and fundraising during lockdown, and answer your questions on all things legal.