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24 MAR 2020

NAVIGATING COVID-19: SEASON 1

EIC launches new webinar series to help industry respond to crisis

EIC and sister organisation ACE have announced a new online webinar series to help its members and the wider industry through the coronavirus crisis.

Hosted by ACE chief executive Hannah Vickers, Navigating COVID-19 covers the major issues currently facing our industry including finance, people, communications and procurement. 

A range of government, policy and business experts will join Hannah over the five hour-long episodes including representatives of BEIS, CECA and the Federation of Master Builders.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask virtual questions to the panel of experts on specific announcements, such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

The webinars are open to anyone with an interest in the topics covered, members or non-members alike. Sign-up now to upcoming webinars through the links below:

  1. Emergency Response 
    Exploring the immediate financial help available to businesses and the recent announcements of government support. Joining Hannah to discuss ACE’s policy/engagement work is Julian Francis from ACE. Stuart Young, BEIS joins to help answer questions from attendees.

  2. Support for your SME and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme 
    We welcome Brian Berry, FMB to explore what the crisis means for SMEs. Joanna Lewis Partner at Beale & Co joins us to explore the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in more detail.



  3. Procurement 
    John Welch of Crown Commercial Service, part of the Cabinet Office, explore the recent procurement policy notices and what they mean for the construction sector. Alasdair Reisner of CECA joins to explore how contractors can support the supply chain during the crisis.



  4. People in a Pandemic 
    Exploring the HR and people issues raised by the crisis such as remote working, staff morale and more. Chris Young, executive managing director at Tony Gee will share how they're dealing with remote working, while mental wellbeing coach Tahirih McLaren-Brown of Flourish will explore how your company can reduce stress, increase happiness and grow resilience whilst working from home.



  5. Communicating in a Crisis 
    With special guest Andy Walker, editor of Infrastructure Intelligence, we will explore the steps you need to take to communicate effectively externally, internally and with stakeholders and clients. Harriett Hindmarsh, corporate vice president, global marketing and communications at AECOM will share how she has adapted to deal with the crisis and guest Sara Lipscombe, group communications director at Costain will also join us to help answer questions.

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