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Update from ISME CEO

Dear Members and Colleagues,

Our virtual ‘Pitch My Business’ events have been a great success since introduction offering you 3 minutes to promote your business and network with other companies. If you haven’t done one yet, or indeed want to pitch again, book now as places are limited. I’m delighted to say that Minister of State Robert Troy will open our next one on September 16th. Details are here. This event will focus on the Midlands but everyone is welcome, members and non-members alike

The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) has replaced the TWSS. Businesses are expected to monitor their financial performance on a monthly basis, and to withdraw from the scheme if their business does not experience a 30% decline in turnover or orders between 1st July and 31st December 2020. This is a very different scheme to the TWSS.

ISME Skillnet have another free webinar next week. Do take advantage of these while we can make them available at no charge.

ISME Skillnet has also launched a Business Growth Programme. For a minimal fee, you will work with two acclaimed ISME who will, over 12 x 1.5 hour online sessions, guide you to invest in your personal and professional journey so you are best placed to succeed.

Lat week Cait updated our COVID-19 FAQs with two new sections, COVID-19 in the workplace and Workplace Inspections. You can take a look here.

ISME Chairman Ross McCarthy will speak on day two of the Pensions Awareness Week Roadshow. Ross will be speaking about how Directors and management in SMEs have unique opportunities to use pensions as a way to extract value from a company in a highly efficient manner. Find out more and reserve your space here.

Laya Healthcare will launch their ‘A Brave New Era of Work and Wellbeing’ Report to help illustrate how business leaders are addressing the HR challenge of a century, COVID-19. Register to attend the launch here

ISME Group Life Cover administered by Halligan Insurance will open for applications from 1st October and will remain open until the 31st of October. The plan provides peace of mind for your employees should the worst occur. Find out more about the scheme here.

Today we published the results of our fourth COVID Survey. It is notable that after rising levels of optimism (regarding the chance of survival) among small business, this has reversed in the September survey. In the earlier survey, 3% of SMEs foresaw their business closing within one month. This has now risen to 5%. We want to remind you that if your business is in trouble, you are not alone. Don’t suffer in silence, call a friend, or call us here in the ISME office. There is always someone to talk to. If you haven’t considered it yet, have a look at the ISME Wellness Program from Laya, which has a 24/7 Mental Wellbeing Support Programme Employee Assistance Program.

Thank you