We're coming together as an EO community to be as resilient as possible while Cornavirus measures are in place.

EO Community Update

April 6th 2020

EO Community: A week has passed, or is it a month?

Each day feels like a week, each week like a month.That’s how fast the environment around us is changing.  From the numbers of infections, to the daily sad news of deaths, there has never been a time like this for any of us alive today.
And it is the same for each of our businesses. Each day brings a new challenge to overcome, an unforeseen obstacle to work around, or occasionally, an opportunity to innovate or a heart-warming good news story.
We know that some of your businesses face unprecedented demand and supply chain challenges; last week we heard from Care Plus Group as they seek more PPE equipment and from Parfetts, which as a wholesaler needs to recruit more employees to deliver the increased demand through its network of distribution centres.
In the midst of this, the Government is responding on an almost daily basis to the changing impact of the pandemic, including on Friday offering reforms to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes to make it easier to apply for smaller businesses.
Last week the EOA sent a letter directly to the Chancellor, seeking his reassurance that the EO community will be explicitly referenced in the financial support packages available from the banks, all too aware that there is still a lack of understanding amongst the finance sector of the employee ownership business structure.
None of us know what the next week will bring, but do be assured that the EOA will continue to represent your interests, to connect you with your peers, to share best practice through our webinars and to provide the essential links to the information and advice needed.
Stay safe and have a good week.

Deb Oxley OBE, Chief Executive of the EOA

COVID-19 Resources

We are constantly updating our COVID-19 Information Hub. The Info Hub is where we'll be endeavouring to answer your most frequently asked questions and signposting you to the latest information and advice from our key partners including ICAEW, CBI, FSB and our specialist advisors that we hope will help support you in this difficult time.

Some recent highlights include:

COVID-19 Business Support Grant Funding - Guidance for Businesses

CBILS - Current Accredited Lenders & Partners

Find Business Support in Scotland

Coronavirus Legal Implications
EOA Better Together - Webinars

Each week we'll be bringing you a new webinar covering the topics you've told us are the most important to you during this difficult time, bringing in expert speakers to provide guidance and answer your questions in real-time, looking at practical solutions and lived experiences.

You can watch all of our previous webinars on the EOA Webinar section of our COVID-19 Information Hub

Register for our upcoming webinar: "Looking After Colleagues: Mental Health & Wellbeing" by clicking the button below

9th of April, 11:00am - 11:45am
Employees’ health and well-being are paramount given the climate in which we are operating.  It has been reported that the third week of working from home is supposed to be the toughest on people’s mental health and wellbeing.  Employers need to be proactive in protecting their people and minimising the risk to staff and business continuity. This webinar will share the experience and innovative approach taken by Assael Architecture.  

Ben Channon, Head of Wellbeing, Assael Architecture – Ben has stepped away from the project architect role, to concentrate on integrating a health and wellbeing focus into projects practice-wide.
How You Can Help

The EOA is looking to gather as much information from our members as possible so that we can provide accurate answers to your questions, as well as represent your needs to government.

Survey on Covid-19 business support

With this in mind we've put together a short survey looking at your experience of accessing the Coronavirus related finance schemes, please take some time to fill it out here.

Be part of the conversation on the EO Hub forum

Get involved in the latest community discussions around dealing with the Coronavirus situation on the EO Hub forums, some recent topics include:
- What are you doing to help to help promote mental and emotional wellbeing during isolation?
- Do any EO firms have workers not covered by the Job Retention Scheme?

Send us your stories

Our members are doing everything they can to support both the national effort, and their employee owners. We’d love to hear about what you’re doing to help, send your COVID-19 stories to

Last week we heard from City Healthcare Partnership CIC about what their team is doing on the front-lines in the battle against COVID-19.
Read their inspirational story here.

You can find more stories from EO businesses helping out during the crisis on our Get Involved section of the COVID-19 Info Hub

Calls for help from the EO Community

Our member Care Plus Group is urgently requesting help in procuring additional PPE for use in the NE Lincs area, find out more here or contact

If your business can help the national coronavirus effort contact to share your ideas.
Talk To Us

The EOA team members are now working remotely, but now more than ever we are here to listen, signpost and support you:

Oliver Smith – Head of Membership
07964 084671 |

Hannah Welch – Membership Development Manager
(01482) 692540 |

Keely Lead - Head of Communications and Marketing
07432 288107 |

Anne Richardson – External Communications and Partnerships Executive
(01482) 692544 |

Ross Herring – Digital Communications Executive
(01482) 692543 |

Lisa Steel – Head of Operations and Finance
(01482) 692535 |

Annabelle Lewis – Operations and Finance Executive
(01482) 692536 |

Charlie North – Operations and Finance Apprentice
(01482) 692537 |
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