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By 19th March 2020 No Comments

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change” – Charles Darwin

 

As farmers and rural business owners, we are constantly adapting to changing conditions. We will all have to embrace new ideas and working practices in order to thrive in this challenging and uncertain climate. We want to reassure you that the Scene & Herd team are adept at working remotely- and turning challenges into opportunities! We will do everything we can to support you.

People want to support local businesses and social media can play a huge part in letting potential customers know you are open for business. We will, of course, share your posts across our various media channels but be sure to post also to local groups. If you are not confident using social media, we have some tips here.

Remember to utilise any mailing lists you may have. If you haven’t already set up a mailing list, we recommend Mailchimp. We can help set this up for you.

 

Help available

As part of the Member Benefits for Scotland Food & Drink, NFUS and NFUM – Greenburn offer a free phone call for support on all matters HR and Employment Law. They’re extending this service – if you’re a business owner and you need support get in touch today: 0131 557 5742Help available:

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

New measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 on the business community in Scotland have been announced by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes.

Get business support over the phone:

Business Support Scotland
Telephone: 0300 303 0660
Textphone: 0800 023 2071
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm

RSABI supports people from Scottish agriculture emotionally, practically and financially in times of need. The service is available to those previously and currently involved in farming and crofting. RSABI can access practical support such as, but not limited to, welfare benefits, business reviews, debt signposting, counselling and mediation services. Helpline: 0300 111 4166

The effects of the COVID-19 crisis on society is unprecedented and as such is likely to be very stressful. If you feel overwhelmed, remember these tips:

  • Follow Fred Rogers adviceLook for the helpers. You can always find people who are helping.” (Click here to read about a gin distillery who has started producing hand sanitisers)
  • Limit your time on social media if it is making you stressed or anxious. Instead of checking for updates, follow your local authority or trusted news source for reliable information.
  • Ask for help

Working from Home Tips:

  • Stick to a schedule
  • Create a dedicated workspace
  • ‘Eat the frog’ – do the hardest thing first
  • Take regular breaks, preferably away from your desk
  • Allocate specific time for email
  • Try to maintain work/life boundaries (we know it’s hard!)
  • Let Scene & Herd help!

The Scene & Herd Team
p.s. Remember that we also have specific skills with regard to video and podcast/audio creation and so could help disseminate your messages that way too – check out our OnFARM podcast series.

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