As part of Pride Month, Heart of the City (HOTC) have shared helpful updated resources on supporting your LGBTQ+ employees in the best way you can.
HOTC and Macquarie Group have pulled together this useful resource full of handy tips that businesses big and small can use. You could offer your employees top tips for getting staff engaged with your policies and activities and a list of external organisations that Macquarie has worked with on training and support, there’s loads to get you started.
The City of London Corporation is urging businesses to follow the rules after concerns that there have been COVID outbreaks because of poor compliance with social distancing guidelines in some workplaces and hospitality settings.
Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community & Children’s Services Committee, Ruby Sayed, said whilst everyone in the country is eager to reach Step 4 of the Government’s Roadmap – which would end all legal limits on people’s social contact – we need to ensure that all steps are taken to halt the rise in infection rising across the capital.
Public Health England has confirmed that the Delta variant – first identified in India – is more transmissible than the version that sparked the winter wave – the Alpha variant first seen in Kent. Having both doses of the vaccine does, however, provide good protection against all of the current known variants of concern and all workers and residents are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated when they become eligible. Having your second vaccination on time is especially important to further strengthen the protective effects of vaccination.
Firms are being reminded that everyone who can work from home should do so, and to ensure workplaces are COVID-secure, including social distancing, hand washing, high levels of fresh air ventilation and mask wearing in appropriate spaces.
People who cannot work from home should follow the COVID secure guidelines of hands, face, space and fresh air and get tested twice a week.
City businesses can collect free rapid home testing kits for their employees from Square Mile testing sites and employees can collect test kits from community pharmacies as well. For more information visit www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/covid19testing
Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community & Children’s Services Committee, Ruby Sayed, said:
“We are calling on all firms to follow the rules after concerns that there have been an increase in COVID outbreaks because of poor compliance with social distancing guidelines.
“The UK is now at a crossroads ahead of Step 4. Businesses have a leading role to play in stopping this virus and it is important that companies, who may see an increase in staff coming back to offices over the coming weeks, stick to the rules to protect their employees and the public.”
Thousands of people living in the City have already been vaccinated and more than 65 million vaccinations have been given in the UK. City residents and workers can access a community pharmacy vaccination centre at Boots, 120 Fleet Street – the Square Mile’s first, dedicated vaccination site or sites in surrounding boroughs. Visit the NHS website or call 119 for the current eligibility criteria, and information on how to book.
If you test positive for COVID-19 or are told to self-isolate due to being a contact, but you are not able to work from home and will lose income as a result of self-isolating, you may be eligible for a £500 payment. You can call the City Corporation on 020 7332 3937 to find out more.
If you cannot arrange for food, medication and other essential items to be delivered while you and your household self-isolate, please let the City Corporation know. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 020 7606 3030.
You can also call City Advice for help with food, benefits advice and debt on 020 7392 2919, or email them at email@example.com.
Sculpture in the City is back with a new exhibition of contemporary artworks amidst the iconic architecture of the City of London.
The free, outdoor exhibition is formed of 18 creations, including works by Laure Prouvost, Alice Channer, Eva Rothschild, Mark Handforth, Laura Arminda Kingsley, and Rosanne Robertson.
2021 marks the tenth edition of Sculpture in the City, uniting partners from across the business and artistic communities. The exhibition is a unique opportunity for city workers and the local community to experience contemporary art and engage with their environment every day.
Head over to the Sculpture in the City’s website for more information and for the full map of sculpture locations (starting with Mitre Square in Aldgate!) – www.sculptureinthecity.org.uk
For the next week Toynbee Hall are raising funds to help kids and families hit by the pandemic during the summer holidays. Before the 15th June, they want to raise £8,000 for fun, child-focused activities in their garden and community centre and ensure there’s advice sessions, opportunities to improve skills, and a welcoming community environment for parents and carers.
It’s a great opportunity to help low-income families in East London and the City start to recover. And, thanks to match-funding all online donations to Toynbee Hall’s campaign will be doubled: it means all support will go twice as far helping East London families after one of the toughest 18 months the community has ever faced.
You can support the campaign and double your donation between 8th and 15th June here: https://donate.thebiggive.org.uk/campaign/a056900001ooJQWAA2
Would you like a nice way to welcome your staff back into the City, whilst supporting local businesses at the same time? Then the City Gift Card is the one for you!
With over 80 local hospitality, retail, and leisure businesses registered to the scheme already and with this number increasing continuously week by week as more businesses re-open, the City Gift Card has it all and is a great way to encourage your staff back into the City!
GIVE THE GIFT OF THE CITY TODAY!
London Business Hub continue their on-going support to help businesses businesses during covid-19, as part of this initiative please see below their webinar schedule & resources links:
Further information on how to register for webinars and on the schedule/content of these is available on: COVID-19 Business Help Series – London Business Hub
All ERDF eligible SME’s in London can continue to benefit from free 1:1 support of up to 12 hours with one of LBH advisers. Appointments can be booked via our website: Business Advisers – London Business Hub
Check out their latest case study from ‘ED TREE’: ED TREE – London Business Hub. Their adviser support helped ED TREE triple their turnover and team size during the pandemic; this case study highlights how their advisers can provide invaluable support to a business to facilitate survival and growth in these challenging times.
As part of the wider London Business Hub’s programme, they have lots of exciting initiatives currently live to support London businesses. These include:
Specialist Business Advice
As London businesses reopen their doors and welcome back customers, the capitals businesses must adapt to a post-transition trading environment in order to survive, grow and thrive. To help all businesses, we have created a panel of experts including lawyers and accountants who can advise your business on a wide variety of topics.
Check out a Specialist Adviser on Specialist Business Advice – London Business Hub
As lockdown rules change, our specialised hub will provide buinesses with up to date support and advice, based on the latest government sector based guidance, including grants and funding available.
To ensure London businesses are aware of the support available, please encourage SME’s to sign up to our London Business Hub newsletter through our website and follow us on Twitter @LDNBusinessHub, on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Tower Hamlets Council, in partnership with Toynbee Hall and other local art and culture partners, are delighted to announce a £90,000 Historic England grant to create and deliver community-led cultural activities on the high street over the next three years. This includes Petticoat Lane market, as part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zone on Wentworth Street.
As part of this programme, a community decision-making group made up of local stallholders, businesses, creatives and residents will collectively design, curate and deliver a vibrant cultural programme of art experiences, bi-monthly activities and an annual Festival of Petticoat Lane.
The programme will seek to celebrate the area’s uniquely layered and blended cultural heritage, shaped by many different communities over the decades. Creatives will be commissioned to produce specific landmark experiences on the high street that are locally relevant, include local people in design and construction, and raise the profile of the area to a broader audience.
With the support of an experienced Cultural Consortium, the programme will increase awareness of Petticoat Lane and its market, increasing footfall and supporting thousands of people to discover and make use of this space.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the work of the Cultural Consortium over the next three years and are embracing this opportunity to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Wentworth Street. This area has an incredible history, and together with our local partners, residents, and businesses, we’ll work to ensure this investment benefits our local community.”
Sam Crosby, Community Services & Cultural Programming Manager, Toynbee Hall, said: “Toynbee Hall are excited to be involved in helping people who live, work, and study in the Petticoat Lane area to celebrate their heritage and present by designing and commissioning their own world-class cultural programme.”
For more information, click here.
Nuveen Real Estate are bringing forward proposals for the refurbishment and extension of Building 7 in the heart of Devonshire Square, and the upgrading of public realm around the Devonshire Square campus.
The proposals seek to introduce a new mix of modernised workspaces; improved, landscaped outdoor public spaces; and upgraded landscaped courtyards, balconies and roof gardens; with a focus on sustainability.
Please take a look at the exhibition boards and provide your feedback using the online feedback form in the link below. devonshiresquareconsultation.co.uk/have-your-say/
The consultation will run until 4th June 2021.
Aldgate has plenty of wonderful businesses , ranging from Dining and Retail to Leisure and Services. We have collated a categorised list of all that Aldgate has to offer!
Check out our new map feature below! Click the button in top left corner to view the different categories, or click the button in the top right to view a larger version of the map.
If you are business who is not featured on this map, get in touch with Izzy at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added!
Say hello to the newest additions to Aldgate, our wonderful Aldgate BID Ambassadors Rose and Wagner!
The ambassadors take on various roles within Aldgate, including; welcoming everyone into the area & providing information, reporting on environmental issues to the local authorities, and visiting local businesses and residents to provide them with the latest information as to what’s going on in the area, as well as the current offers in the neighbourhood.
Rose and Wagner can be easily recognised by their signature bowler hats and are always happy to have a chat, so go and say hello!