A common theme that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have highlighted is the need for some to have face to face contact whether that be with family, friends, work colleagues or support networks to help them through this time. However, face to face contact also needs to have the necessary safeguards in place to ensure that they minimise the risk of contracting the virus.
While a significant number of people are still concerned about the safety of returning to the regular commute on public transport, meeting and mingling with other people some have ventured out to seek that support and vital human contact. That has been exemplified by our new wave of entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs who have started out on their four month Building Business Horizons journey which started again this week.
Eight local individuals with business ideas or already fledgling businesses applied and were successful in being selected for our incubator programme which will support them in identifying their customers, producing a finance and budget projections and provide them with skills and an opportunity to pitch for further business support.
The pandemic has raised awareness of the need to be able to look after oneself and family and friends and this is a key aspect of the Building Business Horizons programme. To this end, together with stringent COVID-19 procedures at Weatherill House to help give confidence in attending in person, participants heard from Dunia Shafik, founder of A Life of Choices and Building Business Horizons graduate, about techniques to help look after their wellbeing including the need to get enough rest and surround oneself with supportive individuals and networks.
We will be updating you on a regular basis over the next few months on the content and progress of the programme so keep an eye out for these.
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