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Check out this collated list of useful resources to help your business combat the challenges of COVID-19!

Tuesday 26th May 2020

Dear <<First Name>>

We hope you, your families and your teams remain safe and well. After what has been a holiday weekend for many, we are sharing another useful resources email for the women-owned businesses in the WEConnect International network. Included below is mix of resources from our corporate members, women business owners and others that we hope will offer useful support for your business. As with previous emails, we advise you to seek any and all appropriate legal advice needed in your country for actions you may take. If you know of other women-owned businesses who would benefit from being part of the WEConnect International organisation, please encourage them to get registered with us – it’s free and we’d love to support more women-owned firms across Europe! You can check the details for all of our upcoming global events here including an online session about “How to do Business with the United Nations” on the 27th May and our International Day which is taking place on the 22nd June. Finally, if you have any resources that you’d like us to include in next week’s email, please share the details with us by 6pm BST on Saturday 30th May – thanks so much!

Resources from WEConnect International Corporate Members

Invitation - EY World Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2020
Thursday 4th June 2020 - 7pm BST / 9pm CEST. A replay of the experience will be available on demand. EY, one of the WEConnect International corporate members would like to invite our women-owned businesses to the global premiere of EY World Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2020, a ground-breaking virtual experience unlike any before. In collaboration with CNBC Catalyst, EY will recognise the unstoppable entrepreneurs whose ambition helps create a better world. This pioneering experience will feature: The exciting reveal of our 2020 winner! Hosted by Emma Crosby, as seen on CNBC Europe, Sky and BBC News; Inspiring stories from the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Class of 2020 as they rise up to solve the world’s most challenging problems; Dynamic guest speakers set to ignite your imagination. Register online here:

Resources from Certified Women's Business Enterprises

Could you benefit from joining a Thrive MasterMind Group?
It can be lonely as a business owner dealing with all that you have to deal with on a daily basis especially when going through the sorts of challenges we are facing right now. Cath Daley, one of our certified WBEs, believes that collaboration and support have never been more vital and if you are looking for encouragement, inspiration or just someone to hold the space for you to rant, then this is for you  - this is what THE THRIVE MASTERMIND GROUP is all about. It’s a group of six to eight like-minded women coming together in a collaborative way to inspire and support each other’s personal and business growth in a way that cannot be accomplished alone. It’s about thriving together. If you have ever been part of a mastermind group before this one will be a bit different because it’s a virtual coached mastermind group. Cath has designed an on-line version that provides the opportunity to experience the power and magic of a mastermind group virtually. If you would like support handling the good days and the bad, the uncertainty and the hope, if you want to open up collaboration to create what you want moving forward, as well as accepting help yourself and be part of an amazing group of women, then book a call with Cath. She will answer any questions you have and chat about what you want to bring to the group and see if it’s a good fit for you. She looks forward to thriving together!

Webinar: Leading in the new normal!
Thursday 4th June at 12pm BST / 1pm CEST
This session led by Karen Tracey of Dunelm Business Consultants, a certified women's business enterprise, is designed to help participants not only be better at managing their own work, communications and learning during these trying times, but also start to challenge their thinking about how they will effectively function in the future in the “new normal”:

Scentered is partnering with Refuge to support victims of domestic violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Did you know that domestic abuse has surged in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic? With a surge in demand for the National Domestic Abuse Helpline during lockdown, mindfulness lifestyle brand Scentered, a certified women’s business enterprise, have partnered with Refuge, who run this helpline and are a charity providing confidential, specialist, support to women and children experiencing domestic abuse, to raise awareness of this crisis and offer a donation through sales of their 100% natural Aromatherapy SLEEP WELL set. To support Refuge, Scentered have compiled a supportive package offer for the I want to SLEEP WELL Gift Set which includes their award winning 100% natural SLEEP WELL Wellbeing Ritual Aromatherapy balm & SLEEP WELL Aromatherapy candle to bring comfort and wellbeing to people across the UK. For every Gift set sold, Scentered will be donating £9.00 via the Work For Good donation platform to help Refuge. Find out more here

Global COVID-19 Round Up - A global snapshot of the response to COVID-19
Fingerpost Consulting, a WEConnect International certified women’s business enterprise, decided to compile a report looking at the different responses to the coronavirus pandemic across the world. This is an interesting read and a follow up review will take place in the summer to highlight the impact that easing of quarantine measures has had on each market. Their report can be found here. You can also sign up to their newsletter here.

PDT Global - LGBTQ+ Explained and Non Binary Videos
PDT Global, a WEConnect International certified women’s business enterprise, has developed a series of short, informative animated videos to raise awareness and help individuals outside the #LGBT community to better understand the latest terminology with practical and straightforward explanations. There are two taster videos entitled LGBTQ+ Explained and Non-Binary Gender. These are the first in a series of seven to be launched in the coming weeks. For more information, please contact Jonathan of PDT Global on 

Videos and Animations to explain Covid-19 Safety Measures  
If you are considering producing videos or animations to explain safety measures that you are implementing for your customers and colleagues, please consider working with certified women’s business enterprise Vox Pops International. These type of videos could be used internally, on your website and across social media. It could be a series of short animations explaining good practices in an office environment, video interviews (filmed at a distance) to convey what is happening on the shop floor or a video diary message from the CEO. If you’d like to find out more, please contact Diane Earnshaw on

Useful Links and Resources

Workplace Wellness and
You e-Guide

This e-guide is a collection of inclusion and employee wellbeing practices gleaned from various organisations and co-authored by representatives from Agency for Integrated Care (AIC)², Dow, Hush³ and PwC. The group hopes that this e-guide will serve as a reminder to take care of ourselves, take care of one another and continue to make inclusion a priority. They have made it as universal as possible such that the messages would resonate regardless of the industry or country that you’re from. The e-guide can be found here

Semple Face Covers
At Semple, one of our self-registered women-owned businesses, they are working on the premise that people are buying for their needs rather than their wants. Echoing government guidance, their face covers are not intended to protect wearers from getting sick from Covid-19 or any other virus but prevents the wearer from spreading their germs to others. Semple face covers are sold in packs of 5 for £30.00 in colours of your choice. They have been designed to sit comfortably but securely across the nose and chin for full protection with string ties at the sides to fasten around your ears. The fabric is pure cotton so the face covers can be washed on a low temperature and keep you cool
during wear. To place your order please visit:

Webinars, Podcasts and Online Events

Northern Power Women Leaders webinar series is going weekly!
Every Tuesday at 2pm BST / 3pm CEST for the next few weeks you can join Northern Power Women leaders and Simone Roche in an interactive discussion and live Q&A. Starting on Tuesday 26th May you’ll have access to inspiring role models, business leaders and entrepreneurs. They’ll be discussing everything from mental health and exercise, to business and entrepreneurial journey’s, paving the way for others, as well as lessons in isolation! Register here.

Managing a team impacted by Covid-19
Enterprise Nation and Dell Technologies invites you to join this free online event, offering practical steps on managing a team impacted by Covid-19:

APPF for Entrepreneurship Webinars
The APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) for Entrepreneurship is organising a series of webinars to bring parliamentarians, entrepreneurs and the wider ecosystem together. You will have the opportunity before and during the webinar to raise questions. 
The Economy, Technology and Bouncing Back after Lockdown with John Penrose MP & Baroness Kramer - 1pm BST on 28th May 2020. This webinar will consider the potential impact of Coronavirus on the economy and business practice; the fourth industrial revolution, and how tax system reforms will encourage economic growth:
Innovation, International Trade and Economic Recovery with with Andrew Griffith MP & Chris Hulatt, co-founder of Octopus - 11am BST on 4th June 2020. This webinar will consider how UK startups can get back on track as the Coronavirus lockdown gradually eases; what the government is doing now and could do in the future to kickstart innovation; and how international trade will change after Coronavirus and how this will impact UK startups:

Live Q&A session - Gender Parity in Leadership and the Workplace
Thursday 28th May 28th - 5pm BST / 6pm CEST
The ‘Girl’s Leadership Academy Meetup’ (GLAM) is hosting an online speaker series. The series starts this Thursday with a session entitled ‘Gender Parity in Leadership and the Workplace’. Telle Whitney, Co-Founder of the Grace Hopper Conference will be in conversation with Ali Stripling, Head of Community & Inclusion, Arm. Few women have done more to advance the cause of women in tech than Telle Whitney. She co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration, the world's largest annual gathering of women technologists, as well as the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). She is former CEO of the Anita Borg Institute and is a trusted adviser to a multitude of tech companies. Ali has helped to mobilize thousands of employees to make meaningful contributions in the communities where they live and work. Now driving D&I at Arm, Ali is working across the organization to build and nurture an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diversity of their community. Where everyone can thrive and be their brilliant self every day, everywhere! Register here

Angel Academe Webinar Female Entrepreneurship & Investment
Thursday 28th May 28th -4pm BST / 5pm CEST
This webinar will focus on female entrepreneurship and investment. Will this period prove a help or hindrance to female high growth entrepreneurship and investment? The UK Government’s own programme to support high growth businesses (the Future Fund) does not favour women, but maybe other things will. Or will the challenges of home-schooling, domestic work and lack of funds get in the way of more women taking the plunge as founders or investors? Find out more and register here.

Interesting Reads!

From Rejuvage: Seven Face Masks That Give Back To Charity 
Government guidance has changed and it looks like we will be wearing face masks for the months to come, so we have gathered some stylish face masks that also fulfil your good deed for the day by giving back to charity when you buy:

Vistage blog: The importance of leadership during uncertain times
Leadership and crisis have always had a close yet complex relationship. It’s a well-known fact that political leaders’ approval ratings improve during times of crisis. Despite the unprecedented and difficult decisions world leaders are having to make right now, approval ratings have climbed almost across the board. The legacies of many of modern history’s most famous leaders, from Winston Churchill to Emmeline Pankhurst, were shaped by their response to challenging situations:

World Economic Forum - Coronavirus: Here’s how germs are spread and where you’re most likely to catch them
As lockdowns start to be lifted, Professor of Biology Erin Bromage explains how infectious diseases spread. He asses the risk of catching coronavirus in a variety of settings, including events like weddings and birthday parties. The risk of catching diseases outdoors is relatively low, he concludes:

World Economic Forum - Five priorities for leaders in the new reality of COVID-19
COVID-19 means leaders need to find a path from a shuttered economy towards growth and prosperity. Organisations will need to be reconceived to combine human ingenuity with machine learning. Stakeholder capitalism is more urgent than ever. How companies behave now will be remembered for many years to come:
We hope this email has been useful and, as always, if you have any questions about WEConnect International, please don't hesitate to contact us. As mentioned above, if you know of other majority owned women’s businesses who may benefit from our support, please encourage them to register with us – thank you!

Maggie Berry OBE
Executive Director for Europe
WEConnect International
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