Covid 19

'We put a call out to our members asking for resources that could be shared: the people and websites that are helping us as creatives and (mostly) self-employed find information, solutions, inspiration and just good old reassurance.  The list of what came back is below. We really hope you find this information useful and that it might help you come through this extraordinary time having learnt a new skill, improved your offering or made new connections - all of which will make our businesses stronger and more resilient in the long term.'

HELP US TO GET YOUR VOICE HEARD Rume2 need your HELP To Lobby Government For More Support For Small Businesses Who Are Falling Through The Gaps.

As champions of small business in the Sussex area Rume2 have joined with coworking spaces Freedomworks & Platf9rm alongside a number of local business & government bodies (WSCC, CDC, Coast 2 Capital, plus a number of West Sussex based business groups) to collect data on how those operating in the Sussex area have been affected in recent weeks by the Coronavirus outbreak & the immediate support required in the coming months. This data will be used by local government bodies to lobby for increased financial & business support to enable businesses currently falling through the gaps in the Government support packages to navigate through and survive these tough times. Rume2 would love it if you could spend 5 minutes completing this survey to ensure your voice is heard directly by the people who can make a difference. The Survey is here.  

THE ARTS COUNCIL The Arts Council have £160m to allocate to the creative sector. They announced £90m to be available to National Portfolio Organisations, £50m for cultural organisations not currently in receipt of Arts Council funding, and £20m will be made available for individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers. It seems that for individuals to be eligible for funding, they need to have already been awarded funding directly from the Arts Council. Here are the details. They have also launched a Digital Culture Network with Tech  Champions here to help with the following :working and collaborating remotely, keeping up engagement with your audiences, strategies for generating income through online retail and donations, maximising your website offer.  

JUST A CARD ACTION PLAN Just a Card have launched a Facebook group with advice on marketing and promotion, with website & photography masterclasses on Instagram.  Their aim is to help you through these challenging times by focusing on what we can all do, rather than what we can’t.  Everything is FREE, all they ask is you BE KIND and PAY IT FORWARD. Please share our Action Plan and wider JUST A CARD message far and wide so lots of people can benefit. Click here.

Chichester Social recently ran a webinar for the Rume2 community on how to keep your social media alive and thriving during COVID-19, take a closer look here.  Chichester Social also shared some tips that might just help you make the most of the brilliant functionality at your fingertips, click here.

Take your questions and marketing ideas to a free marketing ideas session every Friday 10-11am - Let's Talk Marketing Ideas.  Join Simon from Marketing Success Club for a free weekly chat for small business owners who want to powerup their marketing. Find out more here.

MARKETING SUCCESS CLUB The talented team at Pallant Marketing Success have created Marketing Success Club to help business owners get their marketing back on track. Join the Club for FREE here.

We know not every business has the budget to hire an agency but they still need the same results, so we’ve created Marketing Success Club™ to help businesses get their marketing done! have lots of good blog posts and articles and have just launched a very reasonably priced course for creatives on how to plan for your business in the current climate. Click here.

@hollytucker on Instagram - good general business advice with lots of interviews with other business owners on IGTV.  Holly & Co-mmunity is a friendly and encouraging place on Facebook for people running their own small businesses to connect, collaborate and be inspired. 


The Crafts Council have lots of support for the craft community.  Click here.

They have a focus on upskilling in isolation with a ‘go to’ list of courses from workshops by individual experts to institutions offering professional development courses. Click here.

The Crafts Council are also looking for people to support students who are finishing their degrees to provide online help and support.  Click here.

They have compiled a list of books of how to crafting here, as well as access to virtual craft and art exhibitions here. Tech  Champions to help with the following, working and collaborating remotely, keeping up engagement with your audiences, strategies for generating income through online retail and donations, maximising your website offer.  Click here.  

JOB RETENTION SCHEME As part of the government’s commitment to provide support to businesses and employers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HMRC have been offering live webinars on the Job Retention Scheme.  The following live webinar provides an overview of the support available to help employers and your employees deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19.  Places are extremely limited so please save your place now. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme During this webinar we’ll be taking a look at: - furloughed workers - who can apply for the scheme - following the rules of the scheme - how much may be claimed - how to claim and what you’ll need to claim. Choose a date and time If you’ve missed any of our other recent webinars, or have been unable to join, you can now view a recording on HMRC’s YouTube channel.  

FREELANCERS  There are several websites where you can post your skills for potential clients. If you are a freelancer and you have lost work due to the pandemic, you can post your name and skills here

People Per Hour is a global platform for freelancers including illustrators, designers for branding, cards and stationary and graphic design.  Freelancers can post their services and their rate which is then visible to companies who want to buy in services. People Per Hour have pledged £10million to help freelancers.  

The Artists Information Company A. N have tips for artists and organisers on their website with a £500-1500 bursary for artists in all visual arts disciplines.  Click here.

The Creative Industry Federation provide links relating to working from home, business advice, government advice and professional bodies like the Arts Council, RIBA and BIID.

SOLE TRADERS Sole Traders who have been submitting their accounts for the last 3 years to HMRC may be eligible for the scheme which will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. Click here.