Things have certainly moved on quickly since last week’s coronavirus Budget and AccountingWEB is not the only organisation to be overtaken by events. We switched to working from home over the weekend and one of our team members has been affected by a very nasty fever accompanied by a persistent cough.
The government and its scientific and medical advisers are having to change their responses to the crisis on a regular basis and a further set of economic support measures arrived from the Chancellor last night, including a 12-month delay for new IR35 rules.
There have already been a few conversations on the site about the business impacts and responses to the pandemic, but it seemed like a good idea to pause for breath and ask how everyone out there is doing.
What effects have the virus and remedial measures had on you and your businesses?
How are the impacts playing out among wider industries such as retail, hospitality and manufacturing?
What are the biggest challenges and what tips can you pass on for coping?
What information are you missing and are there areas where AccountingWEB and its members might be able to help? For example, members have been talking about getting their hands on the £3,000 small business grants administered by local authorities since last Wednesday. Has anyone been able to get their hands on that cash, and how did you go about it?
This is the biggest crisis to affect most of us in our working lives and we’re all in deep waters that none of us have experienced before. As an online community, we should be able to make the most of our ability to share information and practical advice on situations we’re all encountering and how to respond. As accountants, many of the people here will have relevant knowledge about how the impacts are playing out.
Around 30,000 people drop by AccountingWEB every day. So we are not alone. We want this place to be somewhere where accountants and business people can help each other out. Thank you all for your attention and contributions to the coronavirus conversation and let us know about anything to do with the crisis that merits further discussion.