Day: August 5, 2020

Less than half of UK workforce understand employers’ back to work advice

Less than half of employee’s don’t clearly understand the advice from their company for going back to work, according to new research.

As the Prime Minister urged non-essential workers to return to the office this Saturday, a study conducted by print firm, Solopress, reveals the main discomforts stopping both employers and employees from listening to the government’s “back to work” plea.

What employees are concerned about:

Pre-pandemic office regularities are now considered uncomfortable, with 44% of employees nervous about sharing equipment, communal spaces and bathrooms with fellow staff.

Where once a tea round was a necessary part of their nine to five, more than a quarter (27%) now feel uneasy about making hot drinks for their team members.

Ana, a marketing employee in London, is one of many employees who aren’t excited about the prospect of returning to the office.

“Normally if a colleague even has the flu, minimal contact

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London boating business sets sail again following coronavirus closure

A London outdoor leisure business, which runs public boat hire in parks across the capital, has been able to reopen with support from Clydesdale Bank, owned by Virgin Money.

BlueBird Boats saw its revenue drop to zero overnight when lockdown was announced in March, closing its sites in Hyde Park, Greenwich Park, Battersea Park, Dulwich Park, Southwark Park and Barking Park indefinitely.

However, with support from Clydesdale Bank and a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBILS), the business has resumed operations, welcoming back staff and customers for the first time in 15 weeks.

CBILS is a UK Government initiative facilitated by participating banks to provide financial support to SMEs that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Under the scheme, existing Clydesdale Bank business customers can borrow £10,000 to £5 million.

Peter Scott, Director at BlueBird Boats, said: “Being an outdoor leisure provider,

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Bloomberg Media to bundle subscription with The Athletic

Bloomberg Media will launch a bundled subscription with The Athletic beginning this month, sources tell Axios reporter Sara Fischer.

Fischer reports, “Bloomberg Media sees value in partnering with niche media outlets that it thinks can compliment its coverage.

“Details: The bundle comes with a discount. Those who purchase the $290 annual subscription (originally $415/year) will receive a free trial to The Athletic for six months, while those who opt for the $1.99 monthly subscription (originally $34.99/month) will have three months of free access to the sports news site.”

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