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Lunch and Learn Webinar: Returning to Positive Trading

Business as normal’ it may not be, but here at Southampton Science Park, we continue to work hard to support our business community. This is why we are running a series of interactive online sessions with experts in various fields.

Short, sharp, practical, highly informative and engaging, these sessions are designed to ensure that our community of businesses doesn’t just survive but thrive, bouncing back from these challenging times stronger and fitter than ever.


This single panel session focuses on how to adapt to the ‘new normal’, addressing what businesses should consider when planning their recovery from COVID-19 related challenges and how they can return to positive trading conditions.

This exclusive interactive event devised in collaboration with financial advisers Smith & Williamson, will see a panel of experts answering questions from the wider business community on the themes of finance, tax and cash flow, internal and external communications and human resources and employment law.

Registration for this event is now open and advance questions are encouraged.

Register here


Building resilience in preparation for a return to trading

Rebecca Combes, Partner, Head of Southampton Tax Services, Smith & Williamson
Are you doing all you can to safeguard your business and finances, building resilience in preparation for a return to trading? Rebecca will be discussing tax opportunities available to SMEs to ease burden on cashflow and outline the changes businesses should be aware of.

Cash continues to be king

Amy Harper, Associate Director, Business Outsourcing Services, Smith & Williamson
Some businesses have seen a surge in demand during the crisis while others have been firefighting: each scenario brings different sets of decisions. As we move towards crisis recovery, Amy will cover understanding how to meet cash outflows from your business and how to manage cash as staff return from furlough and trade begins to build.

Saying the right thing at the right time to the right people

Kevin Briscoe, Chartered Public Relations Practitioner, Briscoe PR

Saying the right thing at the right time to the right people is key: how you communicate, what your messaging says about your brand and if it still resonates with the people that matter most to you. Kevin will discuss how to adjust communications, public relations, and marketing strategies for a post-lockdown world.

Planning the return to the workplace

Clive Dobbin, Partner, Paris Smith
What steps should businesses be taking to plan for employees returning to the workplace? Clive will provide an update on government guidance and on the furlough scheme and discuss challenges that businesses are likely to face including returning to work on a part time basis and dealing with reluctant returners.

This is an interactive panel event. Attendees have the opportunity to submit questions before and during the discussion.


Book a meeting space

We have 11 meeting rooms all of which can be configured in a number of different ways to cater for your meeting or event. Please use the two links below to book a meeting room either as a tenant or a visitor to the University of Southampton Science Park

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