Reflecting on the current lockdown, we want to showcase the tremendous work some of our clients and friends in the business community are doing to support their clients and local communities.
Simpsons Malt went into “support not sales” mode. The family-owned global malt manufacturer has been focussing on helping its customers – brewers and distillers – sell their products online while pubs, bars and restaurants are closed through the #BeerIsHere campaign.
While we were all disappointed that this year’s Craft Brewers Conference in Texas was cancelled, it’s been reassuring to see the brewing community continuing to support each other online.
Another group of superstars we’ve been proud to support are our friends at North East Counselling Services (NECS). In just a week, NECS shifted its entire service online, taking all counselling sessions over the phone or online via Zoom. It’s been fantastic to see NECS pivot its offer to continue to provide support in a time when mental health is a huge struggle for people.
The Bernicia Foundation has donated £200,000 towards local charities – tremendous! We’re very proud to work with such a kind-hearted team.
The team at Sunderland BID has worked around the clock to tirelessly support shops, cafes and restaurants around Sunderland’s city centre. The team is carrying out crucial work helping small businesses figure out a new norm, access funding and innovate to survive.
The North East England Chamber of Commerce’s team has had to become very agile by seamlessly running their usual face-to-face events online. They’ve also provided up-to-the-minute advice on government policies as they’re announced – while lobbying on all our behalf.
Lastly, at MMC, we’re supporting our own small team by adopting a fully flexible working ethos around our family commitments. Whilst flexibility is something we’ve always offered our team, it now means that some of our people need to work evenings and weekends, rather than typical weekday hours, to accommodate small children and homeschooling – or baking!
We’re also providing online counselling – via NECS of course – to any member of the team who feels that counselling could help them with their own mental health.
We’re here to help. To offer advice, support, or even just to point you in the direction of any of the great support we’ve seen out there.
Stay safe and well.