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Covid-19 Update and Useful Links

Harwell Campus

A Guide To Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers - Although it's preferable to establish clear remote-work policies and training in advance, in times of crisis this level of preparation may not be feasible. Fortunately, there are specific, research-based steps that managers can take with minimal effort to improve the engagement and productivity of remote employees, even when there is little time to prepare.

OxLEP - OxLEP is keen to remind the business community – and indeed the wider, general public in Oxfordshire, that we can overcome the current crisis and that our economy remains a strong and resilient one. It’s an economy that is well-positioned to react in a measured way to the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Commercial property and COVID-19 – sector by sector - Developer and Thames Tap partner Jansons Property have put together a summary of how its experts see the evolution of the commercial property market through the current crisis, in six key sectors. Managing director Andy Jansons offers an expert overview.

Covid-19 Business Support Information – A quick reference guide to business support available, compiled by Mickledore.

Oxford University Research & Analysis - Researchers across the University of Oxford are at the forefront of global efforts to understand the coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect our communities. From vaccine development to mapping, the work involves more than 20 departments from medicine to humanities, and over 500 researchers.

Liftshare Information Regarding Covid-19

Investor wisdom for startups’ coronavirus pain – Guidance for entrepreneurs with startups on how to survive the coronavirus crisis.

What do data protection and Covid-19 mean for your business? - Debbie Brett and Jennifer Scott, in Blandy & Blandy’s corporate and commercial team, offer a reminder to businesses of the need to consider their data protection obligations in light of increased homeworking and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme
The Bounce Back Loan Scheme is a new scheme introduced by the Government to help smaller businesses impacted by coronavirus. Under this scheme a business can apply to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 or up to 25% of the business’ turnover whichever is the lower. Click for more details.

Useful Tools Team working or socialising including calls, video and document sharing can be aided by free technology that’s available.  Zoom and StarLeaf are particularly useful apps which can be downloaded. Google documents can also be a useful way of collaborating across and between organisations e.g. key documents. The icon is in the top right of the home google screen, characterised by a box of 9 dots. Click on this and pick ‘Google Drive’ and once in you can invite people to share. Please note that you require a google account first, to access this. 

Bicycle Loan Scheme at Harwell - Update on safety measures for bicycle rental system at Harwell

There is no interruption in service and the bikes remain available for loan across campus

Bikes safety checks and distribution remain fortnightly and the mechanics will be sanitising the handlebars and bikes during inspections

For extra precautions we urge folks to wear gloves and wash their hands before and after using the bikes

Contractors still on site:

Mears Landscape team

Mears groundsman – Litter picker

Calber – Cleaners in managed buildings

Calber – Waste management in managed buildings

Calber – Engineers and handyman ensure buildings / estate plant is maintained and statutory and daily inspection carried out

We hope you stay safe during this time and get the most from remote working.