Save UK Charities Charities play a vital role in communities across the UK. But at this time of crisis — when they are needed most — many are experiencing a sharp drop in income. This is harming their ability to support people during the crisis and threatens their survival. We’re asking government to enact two simple ideas to help them continue to deliver services and rebuild their finances. The signatories represent 900+ employees, 16,000 volunteers and £80m annual spending. They work across youth support, health and well-being, life-saving, animals, community development and more. The diversity reflects the impact that the crisis is having on charities of all shapes and sizes.
- Read the letter to the government and add your signature
- Share the petition using @SaveCharities #SaveCharities #SaveOurCharities #SummerOfGiving
- Media coverage: CityAM, The Independent
- Most UK businesses unsure they can survive coronavirus, survey shows (FT covers ONS survey of 4,600 businesses)
- Just 1% of businesses have successfully accessed the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (BCC survey of 1,000 businesses) Other findings:
- 57% of firms have three months cash in reserve of less;6% have already run out of cash;
- 37% were planning to furlough between 75% and 100% of their workforce over the next week
- Starling Bank, OakNorth, the Co-Operative Bank and Cynergy Bank have been added to CBILS (AltFi)
- Businesses still waiting on £10bn of coronavirus grants (CityAM covers Local Government Association figures)
- Coronavirus furlough scheme could cost £40bn in three months (Independent covers Resolution Foundation analysis)
- Blossom Capital’s ‘Cultivate’ is an angel programme seeking to back European unicorn alumnus (TechCrunch)
Covid community responses
- Half of small firms haven’t sought Covid-19 advice, leading Small Business Britain to launch ‘The Big Support’. More info via EnterpriseNation.
- Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is giving $1bn to fund Covid-19 relief and tracking all grants using a public spreadsheet. Read more on Twitter.
- TechLondonAdvocates has built a Coronavirus resource hub that includes a directory of 40 leading experts who have offered their time to provide free advice.
- Small businesses deserve better rescue deals (The FT View)
- The chancellor must fix his plan fast to save small businesses from disaster (Rohan Silva, co-founder, Second Home)
- How Covid-19 made old-school management irrelevant (Adam Benzion, co-founder and CEO, Hackster.io)
- Government data: We’re all in beta now (Mike Braken, partner, Public Digital)
- The impact of Covid-19 on the impact investment market (William Lowry and Jon Wright, institutional sales and distribution, ClearlySo)
- What’s next for the high street? (Ben Stephenson, placemaking consultant)
- Sifted: Mental health startups boom as pandemic anxieties worsen
- CityAM: Starmer and the City: Labour’s battle to win back the trust of UK business