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We've been blown away by the number of #UMiSTARS doing amazing things to support one another during this challenging time.

We know you don't do it for the recognition, but we want to give everyone the chance to give a public shoutout to those who have helped them and provide a place for you to share the great opportunities you're offering to others. Here are our #UMiSTARS this week:

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My Hospitality Partners has launched, bringing together eighteen industry experts to offer advice to the hospitality sector during the COVID-19 transition and beyond.

Northallerton Business Network (NBN) is helping local organisations through lockdown by holding regular online Zoom meetings offering business and IT support, digital training, advice, creative ideas, and introductions. Now, through the support of The Two Ridings Community Fund and the success of its online Zoom meetings, Northallerton Business Network (NBN) is able to provide free support and training to local community groups. The group would now like to hear from any voluntary sector organisations including community groups, charities, social enterprises, and other types of not for profit organisations in the Hambleton region who would be interested in support.

Chartered Accountants Wylie & Bisset has launched a free Hospitality Hub to examine these issues in more detail for one of the sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. Any operators interested in joining this free event can do so by registering here development@wyliebisset.com.

The York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub has invested in a community led shopping platform, ShopAppy.com, allowing local businesses to have free 12-month subscriptions to the site. Launched last month, it initially targeted businesses from 10 towns. Now, businesses from elsewhere in York and North Yorkshire can take up the offer too.

Onyx Health has launched a new virtual reality communication and learning platform that uses the latest VR and AR immersive technology for enhanced engagement and interactivity between pharma/med-tech companies and healthcare professionals (HCPs) throughout and beyond the pandemic. The platform offers users a limitless digital space that they can continuously improve and develop, with all the features of traditional offline engagement to communicate with and educate their audience without the limits.

Silverstone Building Consultancy has launched a new Covid-19 Workplace Assessment Survey in response to the latest Government guidelines for Covid-19 Secure workplaces. The newly created assessment aligns with the guidelines outlined by HM GovernmentWorld Health Organisation, and the Health & Safety Executive, for COVID-19 Secure workplaces. 

Hay & Kilner Law Firm’s specialist employment team is hosting a ‘Lifting The Lockdown’ lunchtime seminar via Zoom on Wednesday 10 June to help owner/managers address issues that could or will arise as the lockdown loosens and more businesses begin to reopen. For further information, please contact Helen Ward on 0191 232 8345 or via helen.ward@hay-kilner.co.uk

The Summer Start-Up week has been organised by colleges and universities across Wales, including Coleg Cambria. It will host a week of virtual talks, workshops and seminars for students and graduates wanting to start a business will be launched on Monday (June 8). To sign up to the Summer Start-Up Week and for further information on the sessions go to www.summerstartup.co.uk 

Cloud business management solutions provider Sage has created a coronavirus advice-hub that provides straightforward, practical advice, with experts on hand to offer guidance on everything from financial help and government support, to tips on keeping a business running when working from home. 

Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum is continuing to roll out informative webinars as the sector begins its long-awaited return to work. The latest online webinar will take place on Wednesday 3 June on the crucially important subjects of cashflow and contracts. It will feature three industry experts – Consultant Len Bunton, Ian Honeyman of the Scottish Building Federation and Gus Pearson of Fortis Contracts.

Industry body Scotland Food & Drink has launched a new series of free workshops designed to help SME food and drink businesses sell produce online. The workshops will run until July and SMEs will also be able to book follow-up one-to-one sessions with expert advisors.

IOEE has partnered with Lloyds Banking Group and UK Finance to offer free mentoring support to all established (over three months' trading) businesses across the UK, as well as virtual groups and webinars and access to a toolkit. Register for a mentor online.

You can check out #UMiSTARS from previous weeks here.

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The City of Durham Parish Council has announced an emergency business resilience fund of £30,000 to provide urgent support to local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and provide reassurance to visitors and residents. The fund is now open and available on a first-come basis. For further information, please follow the link here.

Heart of England Community Foundation has now awarded over £1m to a range of West Midlands projects, helping them to adapt and survive COVID-19, all whilst offering vital services to those who need them most. The foundation is still accepting donations and applications for support.

You can check out #UMiSTARS from previous weeks here.

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Education Partnership North East has extended its range of free distance learning courses to support employers across the North East through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. 

London-based technology firm fibodo, has joined forces with leading leisure industry partners Active IQ and Study Active to create #DoingOurBit – a free, bespoke online fitness platform for NHS staff.

Mental health charity Living Well UK has launched its brand new virtual well-being platform, where users can access a huge variety of mental health resources and well-being content for free.

London-based start-up and crowdfunding app WhatWeWant has delivered 5,000 plastic face visors to the Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH), ensuring key healthcare workers have access to vital PPE.

Leeds-based Winston Solicitors is offering free wills to NHS and care workers in the city, to give these key workers peace of mind during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more details email HowardC@winstonsolicitors.co.uk or call 0113 320 5000.  

You can check out #UMiSTARS from previous weeks here.

Ashleigh Smith
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