Friday 5th June

COVID-19 spawns network which rewards business referrals

Ambition Growth Network is the creation of Jo Lines and Karlie Somerville, who have helped thousands of company owners during the pandemic

INSIGHT: How 'reasoning' AI can help us transition out of lockdown

Seena Rejal, CEO and Founder of Shapes AI, explains the benefits of deep visual learning in transparently monitoring the public's behaviour

Bosch ‘committed to UK market’ despite challenging conditions

Tech giant’s UK sales drop slightly amid Brexit uncertainty - but despite ongoing challenge of COVID-19, UK President says region has long-term potential

Thursday 4th June

Patients given tech 'grab bags' to monitor own health

Key tech equipment handed out at Staffordshire practice allowing patients to take own readings and relay results to doctor via video consultation

Litta launches UK fly-tipping alert system

Users across the UK can quickly file a report through Litta’s website or app, where they can take a picture, add a description of the waste and pinpoint the exact location using GPS. This information is then automatically transmitted to the local authority for clearance

NHS-backed digital startup to help businesses get back to work

Personalised health management platform, Span, has announced the launch of its new subscription-based business offering to help employees prevent and reduce symptoms of lifestyle-induced conditions: Diabetes, Hypertension, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Obesity and IBS. The platform offers personalised, continuous nutrition and mental wellbeing plans and on-demand consultations with clinicians

BookingLive supports NHS during COVID-19 with free apps

Digital transformation booking and scheduling solution package includes Virus Appointment Scheduling System; Volunteer, Staff, PPE & Resource Emergency Online Booking & Management Solution; and Childcare Booking Solution

FinTech pivots to show certain people are low-risk for COVID-19

Authoriti, which provides banks with transaction security services, recently discovered their smart PIN technology could be tweaked to create a COVID-19 eHealth certificate, which provides a way for certified labs and contact tracers to generate a private and secure code that proves an individual is low risk

Samsung partners with internet safety firm to offer vital advice during lockdown

Internet Matters has teamed up with Samsung Electronics UK to move their joint workshops online. Internet Matters’ Head of Digital Ghislaine Bombusa is running a three-part online video series to support families – handy video guides breaking down the information for busy parents and carers into simple, bite-size content

Wednesday 3rd June

Danish tech start-up launches in UK as it identifies 'lockdown easing opportunity'

Good Monday, backed by VC firm led by Lastminute.com co-founder Brent Hoberman, can help companies compete with perks of working from home

INSIGHT: How to stay secure while remote working

Tech giant Mozilla's Vice President of Information Technology details a checklist for hardware security, data access and secure connections for remote work

Vulnerable Brits fear hacker threat during COVID-19

New data from iProov highlights concerning habits despite people feeling more vulnerable to online hackers

UK management analytics start-up Temporall raises £1m

London firm working with Google and Dyson announces plans to quadruple workforce as its platform provides value in "most challenging market conditions in living memory"

Tuesday 2nd June

Vodafone gives small businesses relief package to survive COVID-19

The package, which is open to all small business owners in the UK, including those already on a Vodafone contract, will offer free broadband with unlimited usage and free access to Microsoft 365 Business Standard’s full suite of flexible business tools for a whole six months

GP Bullhound announces dedicated debt advisory service

Investor will assist in reviewing capital structures and assess current and future cash needs, restructure current debt exposures, access flexible structured debt and equity instruments, and create liquidity for investors and portfolio companies

Tech start-up delivers 5,000 face masks to London NHS Trust

WhatWeWant has donated 5,000 plastic face visors to the Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, which has 4,000 employees and serves 2 million people across 11 London boroughs

Free eCommerce packages offered by virtual assistant company

Bizee’s Growth eCommerce Support Packages include an hour a day of a skilled eCommerce support assistant's time for a whole month – to help with dedicated support or any aspect of managing a small eCommerce business

REGISTER - Top trio lined up for 'Tech funding post-COVID-19' event

UKBAA CEO Jenny Tooth OBE, GP Bullhound founder Hugh Campbell and Henry Whorwood of research firm Beauhurst to speak at virtual event next week

What will the post-pandemic business landscape look like?

Six global tech industry experts predict the ‘new normal’ and offer advice for businesses preparing for life after COVID-19

The tech which helped our care home face COVID-19

Aliyyah-Begum Nasser, director at Askham Village Community, explains the tech which helped the care home adapt to coronavirus

Scale-up angel network targets £10m investment

New investment from DSW Angels to help support post-COVID-19 recovery planned for next 12 months

Monday 1st June

Power of imagery in spreading COVID-19 safety message

Rawpixel turned to behavioural science to create free coronavirus designs for social media and brands which conveyed a different message to that offered by the authorities

Scottish MedTech secures £4m for COVID-19 treatment trials

Pneumagen's tech platform is focused on treating infectious diseases by targeting the human glycome

Health tech start-up supports 10,000 NHS staff with major London trust

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, which provides care for more than a million people across its four hospitals and number of community services, has worked with health tech start-up Hospify to make the company’s secure messaging app available to thousands of staff across its organisation

Home exams tech for UoL students

Janison Education Group selected to deliver 37,000 examinations online in July for students of the University of London studying through distance and flexible learning in 100 countries. It is the first time that some of the university's study programmes will deliver exams digitally, and the first time the university will make use of remote proctoring technology

Friday 29th May

Mobile game to help children prevent spread of coronavirus

Glasgow-based Game Doctor awarded £50,000 grant by Innovate UK for the app, which will launch in September as a free download on iOS and Android, and feature drug and vaccine development to teach them about the virus

Deeper Insights launches COVID-19 research discovery app

London AI firm’s Covid Insights app aims to help medical professionals quickly and easily search the tens of thousands of published research papers to find the information they need, via keyword or healthcare topic, as they develop treatments, cures or a vaccine

Wellbeing app to give employers and staff the confidence to return to work

Halsall Wellbeing Monitoring App aims to provide an effective method of generating the reassurance and confidence which will be required by all businesses, organisations and communities to achieve a back-to-work mindset when restrictions are gradually lifted

New tech to help 'unconfident' childcare providers

Connect Childcare is launching StaffPlan, a personnel management tool designed to help nurseries navigate their staff returning to work post-lockdown

Wearable tech combats blood clot risk in COVID-19 patients

Wristwatch-style geko device potentially a life-saver for hospital and Nightingale patients at high risk of VTE

Loss of Aviva contract blamed for Now Healthcare Group closure

Email from CEO and founder Lee Dentith blames decision on loss of key contract despite early 500 per cent surge in uptake of its service as a result of COVID-19

Thursday 28th May

UK public fears cybercriminals will use COVID-19 tracing app to launch attacks

Nearly half of the UK public surveyed by Anomali about the NHSX COVID-19 tracing app do not trust the UK government to keep their information safe from hackers

INSIGHT: Why risk-taking should always be rewarded

Taking risks keeps entrepreneurial spirit alive and benefits from staff who are dynamic and motivated, says James Hyde, CEO of James and James - especially during a seismic shift such as COVID-19

The Virtual Event Company launches

Origination Global, a specialist events consultancy that helps businesses and brands connect with their audience, is behind platform bringing events to life using leading-edge virtual tech – from webinars, festivals, award ceremonies, conferences and congresses to trade shows and product launches

Adzooma Marketplace platform launches

Adzooma fast-tracks online service, which connects firms with leading independent and specialist agencies, to support businesses struggling during COVID-19

Wednesday 27th May

BBC ‘Corona Bot’ service to answer questions on COVID-19-related changes

Experimental AI technology will draw on BBC News’ wide range of explanatory journalism to answer specific questions typed into the new tool. Where appropriate, it will point directly to relevant answers from the NHS website, which covers England, as well as devolved nations’ health authorities. The new tool launches on Messenger from Facebook and can be accessed on BBC News’ Facebook page, while the Beeb plans to roll-out the tool on other BBC digital platforms - and offer it to technology partners such as Voice Assistants

Veovo unveils social distancing solution for safer rail travel

Passenger Density Management solution is designed to assist rail and metro operators in measuring, understanding and managing crowd density

Transport Secretary chooses Zipabout to get Britain moving again

Birmingham start-up working with government on rollout of its Passenger Connect information service, which enables operators to talk directly to passengers about their individual journey. Currently available to all users of National Rail Enquiries across Messenger, with an upcoming rollout on WhatsApp and SMS, passengers will receive real-time personalised travel updates including disruption, overcrowding and alternative route options on their preferred communication channel

INSIGHT: Testing tech evolution 'can diagnose future viruses'

A paradigm shift is needed to ensure the next pandemic never happens, argues miDiagnostics CEO Nicolas Vergauwe

New remote NHS tech risks 'two-tier' health system

Dr Victoria Betton, CIO of Mindwave Ventures, warns a hasty transition to new HealthTech risks excluding millions

'VC Hours' initiative to help start-ups deal with COVID-19

Thirty VC firms from around Europe launch free one-on-one virtual chats to assist early-stage companies who are yet to raise funding and therefore have no existing investors to turn to for support

NHS trusts can now recommend mental health app Flow to patients

Flow, rated the highest-scoring free depression treatment app by NHS app evaluator ORCHA, uses evidence-based psychology and neuroscience research to help patients understand, treat and prevent depression

Tuesday 26th May

INSIGHT: Why COVID-19 crisis can elicit positive change

An era of instability, loss and confusion can potentially lead to a more positive outlook for many people, says Northcoders’ Jonny Rathbone

Workplace mental health firm expands with app and VR support

Mental health organisation TalkOut is significantly expanding its support for the UK’s business community through the addition of new immersive software and the launch of a wellbeing app. The expansion plans have been brought forward in order to meet the needs arising from the coronavirus outbreak

Latest investment takes Oxford Nanopore backing to £530m

Oxford University spinout’s technology assists with accurate, rapid testing in cancer and infectious disease. The technology is being used extensively for epidemiology and research purposes in the current COVID-19 pandemic

INSIGHT: Digital skills and youth will secure UK's economic recovery

A tech-first approach will also help businesses adapt to ‘black swan’ events such as COVID-19 in future, argues Cloudstratex's Fred Flack

Friday 22nd May

Bytes For Heroes aims to feed a million NHS staff

Charity aims to bring technology companies – whose kind donations will be used to fund local catering businesses to provide meals – and a catering industry decimated by COVID-19 together. Since mid-April it has raised £30,000 and provided 4,000 meals

Oxford Nanopore COVID-19 test in 'advanced development'

Rapid, low cost and scalable test is based on DNA/RNA sequencing technology and identifies whether a sample contains a current infection

Business leaders expect COVID-19 to spark wave of automation

Study of 500 UK business leaders by international IoT provider Pod Group finds nearly three-quarters expect automation spike in workplace and industry while more than a third believe at least three in 10 roles will be automated

First-time tech start-up funding plummets in lockdown

British tech start-ups have raised £1bn since lockdown began, but only £52m has gone to those trying to raise investment for the first time, according to research released by Plexal and Beauhurst

Ideagen's PleaseReview adopted by World Health Organisation

Document collaboration and governance software supports WHO’s vital collaboration and policy-making work with member states and other interested bodies during the coronavirus pandemic

StarLeaf rolls out to 13,000 NHS employees

Video conferencing provider helps Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust consolidate their collaboration and communication into one place to support remote working, with usage growing from 2,000 minutes per day pre-pandemic to an average of 65,000 minutes

Continued spending on tech in the face of COVID-19

Companies remain committed to spending on the latest technology, with a third planning increased investment in IT and tech despite the ongoing pandemic, according to research from global investment bank GCA Altium

Doctorlink's userbase 'almost quadruples' in six months

CEO says AI-powered platform - the first of its kind to identify coronavirus symptoms - expects world health to be digital-first within five years

How to produce a hit podcast during lockdown

Guy Kilty, founder of the Dap Dip Podcast Production company, explains how technology has allowed him to keep producing his Price of Football podcast during COVID-19

INSIGHT: Trust your staff to promote good mental health

As Mental Health Awareness Week comes to an end, Tara McGeehan, UK President of global IT consulting giant CGI, says empathetic leadership is vital during COVID-19

Pay-by-mile InsurTech firm By Miles raises £15m

Firm sees strongest sales month in April citing low mileage as drivers look to save during lockdown

Thursday 21st May

Mixed-reality headsets protect doctors and reduce need for PPE

Project introduces headsets on hospital COVID-19 wards to keep doctors safe as they help patients with coronavirus

Chatbot fights COVID-19 anxiety explosion

Approaching two million people have now download mental health app Wysa – all through word-of-mouth recommendations

‘Take-a-ticket’ app enables retailers to ensure safer and smarter customer queuing

Offered free to consumers and with a free four-week trial for all retailers, SmartQ by Adactus guarantees less physical queuing along with shorter, safer distancing queues to reduce users’ physical interaction

Wednesday 20th May

Government buys 700+ Zoom accounts despite warnings from National Cyber Security Centre

Official figures obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation by the Parliament Street think tank show the Ministry of Defence purchased 550 Zoom accounts, the Cabinet Office 150, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 15 and Home Office 8

NHS adopts iProov facial authentication for mobile app

London security firm says tech is proven to manage unprecedented increase in demand during coronavirus

PayPal launches QR Code payment to support socially distanced consumers during COVID-19

Once the QR code is scanned, users with PayPal accounts are directed to the app and will only need to enter the amount to pay, select the funding source and complete the payment

NHS Trusts deploy Blue Prism automation to free up staff time for patient care

More than 50 Trusts have turned to Digital Workforce to automate a variety of healthcare processes, in order to better manage the patient journey through primary care, ambulance service, secondary care and back into community care

boohoo founders launch COVID-19 testing start-up

Medusa19 will sell a saliva-based test, which gives results in minutes, to consumers

INSIGHT: Why COVID-19 will flow US capital into Euro start-ups

Storm Ventures principal Pascale Diaine focuses on helping European start-ups scale in the US. She outlines why we might see an explosion of great new companies

App to connect COVID-19 key workers launches

Blink, which has been accessed 25m times during lockdown, officially launches with £8.2m funding

Tuesday 19th May

Unique click and collect tech shopping service launches

A technology firm is launching a unique ordering platform to help smaller shops trade more safely and effectively during lockdown. Forage Lite, which is being launched today, will enable customers to order, pay for, and pick up orders without having to come into an outlet’s premises

Former Sports Minister Richard Caborn backs digital health passport to help restart sport

V-Health Passport – developed by VST Enterprises –works alongside a COVID-19 testing kit to provide an intelligent traffic light system on a smart phone or credit card device to authenticate a person’s status of positive or negative

The Explainer: Workplace development in lockdown

Lifelong learning in the workplace has been empowered by new technology, and now a lockdown is testing it to its limits. Is it the end for traditional learning? EdTech entrepreneurs and education experts share their views

How tech can help retailers as UK exits COVID-19 lockdown

Linda Ralph, VP of international business development at Mood Media, says technology can encourage nervous consumers back into stores

Monday 18th May

Social distancing tech announced by robotics company

Tharsus – whose technology underpins the likes of DHL, Ocado and Rolls Royce – announces ‘Bump’ wearable device which uses sophisticated radio frequency technology and immediately alerts wearers when they are getting too close to another employee. Trials are currently underway, with Bump being deployed across construction sites, manufacturing and distribution centres and warehouses

Enterprise Nation partners with Salesforce to deliver £5,000 COVID-19 grants

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: "Taking on debt is not an option for every business, especially now. This grant will open-up opportunities firms might otherwise not be able to afford, such as accessing support to help them pivot, learning how to access customers in new ways and increase skills. We’re seeing a growing appetite for businesses to up their digital game as well as adapt to the new ways of working that are emerging.”

The application form can be found here

Big demand for thermal imaging tech

Gateshead-based Advantex sees spike in demand for camera technology capable of detecting fever, social distancing, crowd control and PPE

Holden Smith launches social distancing facial recognition tech

Huddersfield law firm introduces identity and document verification via an app that clients can download to their smartphone or tablet

COVID-19 places augmented reality at heart of ‘new working normal’

Jim Heppelmann, CEO of industrial innovation technology specialist PTC, believes the way frontline workers have seamlessly adapted to the benefits of AR during the pandemic has paved the way for greater adoption

Hospitals turn to wayfinding tech amid COVID-19 battle

what3words’ novel three-word approach aims to help reduce coronavirus transmissions at Nightingale hospitals and existing complex sites

Dealmaker Boyers shares his COVID-19 battle

Head of corporate finance at KPMG fell ill after attending Stereophonics concert in Manchester

Lockdown 'accelerates GP appointment tech by years'

8am calls to local surgery may be a thing of the past after sea-change in digital triage, says eConsult CEO Dr. Mark Harmon

Friday 15th May

App built by NHS surgeon set to help hospitals cope with booming patient backlog

With 1.3m patients added to NHS waiting lists during the crisis so far - and more than 7m estimated by the end of September - triage platform Cinapsis is allowing GPs to ‘beam in’ consultants via an app, requiring less patients to join the long queue for in-person hospital appointments

BrightHR invests £1m in cutting-edge tool to help businesses get back to work

Back to Work Navigator gives employers one central hub to manage all their back to work processes, so they can reopen their business as quickly as possible

Augmented reality aids critical infrastructure workers during lockdown

MGISS’ Topografi solution helps improve field operations with intelligence on hidden assets. Engineers responding to defects on the highway or problems in the supply of water, electricity and gas are using AR to locate and resolve defects and interruptions to supply

Zoom-friendly virtual business cards launched

Entrepreneurs team up to develop Zappify card which is stored in the cloud and can also be zapped between phones

eCommerce sales up 50% since beginning of global pandemic

Signifyd's most recent Ecommerce Pulse data finds spending on leisure and outdoor products climbed 152% while electronics is up 88%

HealthTech pioneers complete virtual COVID-19 event line-up

Zesty, DefProc, Sky Medical, myGP and Mindwave Ventures among speakers confirmed for ‘BC Insights: HealthTech and COVID-19’ on 20th May

Clearvision announces partnership with monday.com

Move will increase monday.com's UK footprint while enabling workers to have better access to workflow solutions as remote working increases in coming months

boohoo raises £200m to capitalise on 'opportunity'

Fashion group says trading has been mixed since mid-March and won't issue guidance due to “uncertainty generated by the continually evolving COVID-19 pandemic” - but has raised cash nevertheless

Thursday 14th May

Doctor's app gives ventilated COVID-19 patients a voice

Ground-breaking app enables medical teams to communicate with patients to improve treatment

Pharmacy2U partners with mental health app Wysa

Online pharmacy plans to eventually dispense seven million items of repeat prescription a month when its new facility is running at capacity. Users will have access to Wysa Premium for free to help support them through mentally challenging situations

Online hot tub business sees 1,600% UK surge during lockdown

Newcastle-based part time lifestyle business becomes unlikely success as it reports £4m in sales over April

INSIGHT: We can't lose focus on tech solutions to climate change

Nikolas Kairinos, CEO and founder at AI think tank Fountech.ai, says we risk overlooking another major crisis due to coronavirus

£1.5m funding for firm founded out of 'hyperloop moonshot'

Continuum Industries’ seed round to support infrastructure planners and designers to plot a path to worldwide economic recovery post COVID-19

Wednesday 13th May

NHS coronavirus tracing app to launch this month

Government "pleased" with progress made during trial on Isle of Wight, which has seen 50,000 people – less than half of the island’s population – download the application

Deliveroo app to raise funds for free NHS meals

Users can either round up their bill to the nearest pound or add a tip, with the money going towards delivering free meals to the NHS or vouchers for health workers. Deliveroo has also pledged to deliver half a million free meals, many of which have been donated by Pizza Hut and other restaurant chains, to NHS workers

LinkedIn introduces virtual events and polls

Virtual events allow brands to stay connected to their communities safely and in real-time by bringing events online via their page. The solution allows brands to target a specific audience and design a more personalised experience

SaaS animation firm grows six-fold despite COVID-19

Viddyoze’s technology allows people to create and use their own video animation in three simple clicks

Tuesday 12th May

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October

Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500, with ‘new flexibility’ to be introduced from August to get employees back to work

UK non-profit launches reusable, 3D-printed facemasks

With close to 60 million single-use masks currently needed every week by frontline NHS workers, Xkelet develops safe and sustainable alternative – but needs to crowdfund £4m to supply them free-of-charge

New 'Buckt Home' product launches to combat coronavirus boredom

Start-up Buckt to give subscribers five mystery activities each month from the comfort of their own home – from physical products such as crafting and baking kits to live streams of theatre shows and exclusive online classes

Why research on ticks could offer potential COVID-19 breakthrough

BioTech ILC Therapeutics working alongside University of Oxford to examine use of Evasins - molecules derived from ticks - as a potential treatment option for patients whose lungs are badly damaged by the virus

Video consultation doctors appointments spike 1,451%

Data from iPlato, creators of the NHS myGP App, also shows 179% increase in medications being delivered direct to patients’ homes since March this year

Twitter to label potentially harmful coronavirus tweets

The social media giant will remove the most dangerous tweets and label those with potential to mislead

5 COVID-19 pivots: Craft ale start-up feeds 30,000 in lockdown

Online relaunch at ‘planet-saving’ business sparks successful initiative to help vulnerable people

E-scooter firm welcomes new UK road trials

Government plans fast-track of e-scooter trials on UK roads to prevent resurgence of coronavirus transmission via public transport

Mobile Guardian raises £750,000

Remote education product has seen quadrupled sales and government interest as global lockdown solution

Monday 11th May

How Bidstack is placing coronavirus messaging into video games

Tech company facilitating sale of advertising space in popular games helps government to spread ‘stay at home, save lives’ message to tens of thousands

INSIGHT: NHS crying out for supply chain tech revolution

Virtualstock founder Ed Bradley says COVID-19 has highlighted that a change in approach is needed if it is to handle future crises

Royal College of Nursing to digitally archive COVID-19 decisions

Move to ensure decisions of members are recorded for potential future enquiry into government’s handling of pandemic

Entrepreneur Colin Stevens 'optimistic' about life after COVID-19

Former BetterBathrooms boss bought 20,000 sq ft store for new venture We Love - which predominantly follows an online model - just as COVID-19 hit

Return to work triggers sales surge for social distancing firm

Street Solutions UK flooded with orders after customising products with two-metre safety guidance advice

Thursday 7th May

INSIGHT: Keep your workforce safe and happy in rapidly changing landscape

Gemma McCall, CEO of Culture Shift, says bullying is easier behind a screen and outlines the importance of preventing seemingly insignificant micro-aggressions

'Supportive' women's social network adds 600,000 users

Peanut’s community grows to 1.6m due to its ability “to provide a safe and supportive environment for women during this unprecedented time” - and firm raises £9.6m funding

£6m investment in rota planning tool that could help NHS

Free trials of Rotageek’s workforce management software offered to medical teams battling COVID-19, with repurposed Liverpool Dental Hospital among those implementing data-driven tool

Wednesday 6th May

Could blockchain ease COVID-19 tracing app concerns?

'Immunity passports' CEO issues privacy warning as NHS app is trialled on Isle of Wight

INSIGHT: COVID-19-led tech adoption in healthcare could stifle change

UK risks being encumbered with portfolio of disjointed solutions that will impede operational efficiency, warns Intouch with Health CEO Mike Sanders

NHS Trusts offered free pre-op assessment tool to help tackle elective surgery backlog

Synopsis Home allows patients to complete questionnaires on a tablet, PC or smartphone. The results are then sent straight to a Trust’s POA department where staff can triage and swim-lane patients into fitness and readiness categories

Free COVID-19 mental health courses available online

eLearning platform Thinkific has seen a 375% increase in the number of new mental health courses being created - and a rise in the number of people taking them

Robotics and automation help North West SMEs cope with COVID-19

SME manufacturers supported by Made Smarter, the North West pilot to support the Industry 4.0 revolution, are using emerging technologies such as 3D printing to make PPE and ventilator parts for NHS and care homes

New furlough feature to support SMEs through coronavirus challenges

New feature from HR tech platform Breathe allows employers to track sickness, annual leave and HR data for furloughed employees, as well as monitor the status of office equipment and track where employees are working

Tuesday 5th May

Enquiries rocket at virtual board meeting start-up

Birmingham firm BoardSecure helps small companies and charities manage their board processes

Free coronavirus support package for employee wellbeing 

Birmingham firm Kaido launches dedicated coronavirus support package to help employers with fewer than 500 staff support employees' physical and mental health

Tribepad adds live video interviewing and smart language translations

Additions to video interviewing software, used by the likes of the BBC, Selfridges and Compass Group, to help organisations seek new ways to continue recruitment amid lockdown

Salesforce to help businesses and communities safely reopen

Work.com is a hub of technology solutions and insights to help businesses and communities return to work safely, managing the complex decisions and logistics essential to navigate the recovery phase

UK to roll out COVID-19 tracing app

NHS-developed app will be trialled on the Isle of Wight - starting with health professionals - ahead of planned rollout across Britain later this month

Top speakers confirmed for virtual HealthTech COVID-19 event

Induction Healthcare, Hy-genie, BJSS, HETT and Kaido first names revealed for ‘BC Insights: HealthTech and COVID-19’ on 20th May

FDM Group hires nearly 200 new IT trainees

FTSE 250 firm pledges to increase employment opportunities for people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds during COVID-19 uncertainty

Platform launched early to help manufacturers

FactoryNOW aims to help industry with marketing services amid COVID-19 pandemic

Monday 4th May

Welsh MedTech firm raises investment for Covid-19 test

New funds to help Bond Digital Health develop digital element of new test designed for use by authorities

Free financial advice for NHS staff

Digital financial adviser Fintuity launches with free advice on mortgages, insurance and personal finance issues via video link for doctors, nurses and emergency service workers

Webcam woes top list of COVID-19 customer complaints

EvaluAgent reveals top 10 complaints to businesses during COVID-19:

  • Video-conferencing issues (enabling video or sound)
  • Difficulties obtaining a refund for cancelled live events
  • Internet outages during the working day
  • Issues with complex or unexpected bills
  • Difficulties claiming on insurance
  • Price rises for everyday household products, such as hand sanitizer
  • System overloads - for example from customers attempting to book online food delivery slots.
  • Shortages of essential products
  • Queries relating to credit card chargebacks
  • Delayed deliveries from online purchases

Friday 1st May

Q doctor gets 300 clinicians back to work remotely in 48 hours

Tech provider, which removes barriers for patients to access medical advice and treatment, is helping healthcare providers - including at London’s Heathrow COVID-19 isolation centre

‘My Neighbour’ volunteer app launches to support communities across the UK

MediaBite Group produces free web-based platform to support people from vulnerable social groups across the UK by connecting them with volunteers who live in their immediate vicinity

Innovative HR technology supports stressed-out workers

Peachy Mondays' engagement platform for understanding workforce sentiment make available for free during pandemic

How will COVID-19 change business forever?

BusinessCloud brought together 13 entrepreneurs and figures from the world of business to ask how COVID-19 will change the landscape forever

Pivot helps pub quiz app prosper despite empty locals

York firm SpeedQuizzing pulled together an entirely new product, which would usually take 6-12 months, in just a fortnight

COVID-19-related cashflow issues prompt pre-pack sale of The Hook

Redundancies likely at social marketing and media business with 14 million followers after it is snapped up by listed social video group

Thursday 30th April

Crisis deals $51 billion blow to global mobile communications industry

Omdia analysis predicts fall in mobile service revenue of 4.1% this year, with Europe suffering largest impact with drop of 9.1% to $131bn

UK BioTech company discovers potential COVID-19 treatments

ILC Therapeutics says two separate treatments can potentially help patients before they are put on ventilators. They are now urgently seeking funding of £4m to accelerate safety studies and clinical trials

Tech sector drives £663m lockdown start-up investment

Deal value up 34% compared with 2019 as investors provide additional capital to ensure survival amid economic disruption

COVID-19 impact less than 'nuclear' bursting of dot-com bubble

Leading VC says entrepreneurs today are "much more mature and resilient in comparison with those in 2001"

Insight: The risks posed by 'shadow IT' during lockdown

Morten Brogger, CEO of secure collaboration platform Wire, highlights threat to companies’ data

Wednesday 29th April

Data & analytics to support businesses during coronavirus

Dun & Bradstreet offers three months of free access to key data and analytics to help UK small and medium businesses during this challenging period and support the road to recovery

Facebook launches group video chat

Messenger Rooms, a new feature almost identical to Houseparty, will allow up to 50 people to find and enter virtual 'rooms' containing augmented reality filters and backgrounds

NHS contact tracking app 'ready within three weeks'

NHSX CEO Matthew Gould reveals plans for trial of bluetooth-enabled tech in “small area”. If successful, centralised platform could receive national roll-out despite privacy concerns. The NHS recently rejected joint Google-Apple app proposal where users would have to give permissions

Start-up plays key lockdown role despite funding blow

Founder of AdTech Gener8 publishes millions of free public health ads despite being forced to furlough staff after it missed out on £1.5m

COVID-19 'highlights limitations of incumbent banks'

FinTech exec says inability of traditional banks to shut down high street branches during lockdown puts them at a disadvantage

Insight: Equipping businesses for the next crisis

Christoph Schneider, Director Product Management at desktop sharing platform TeamViewer, argues for a permanent remote work business plan

Tuesday 28th April

'Emotion' coronavirus news monitor launched

RavenPack news dashboard summarises emotions or sentiments from tens of millions of news articles and public posts into simple indicators, similar to stock tickers

Mymanu founder eyes contract for 12m face masks

Danny Manu, who launched wireless translation earbuds, using business connections across Asia and Europe to support production of critical face masks and hand sanitisers - and hopes to secure contract with Italian government

10 million UK patients connected to their doctor by Nye Health

Twilio partners with Nye Health to power its free remote GP and hospital doctor communications solution, the Nye Phone, providing vital access to patients via telephone and video

UK no longer needs Dyson ventilator

CoVent, invented inside 30 days at a cost of £20m to the engineering firm, may be used abroad after frantic production process

GeekTalent launches reskilling app

Sunderland firm's GoCareer app is free to all users for the first three months and allows users to identify their core skills, build a unique CV and be matched to job roles

Winners of NHSX TechForce19 challenge revealed

Technology-focused public health body allocates grants to companies innovating in remote social care and volunteering to support those at risk while staying in isolation

IoT hospital tech set for roll-out amid coronavirus crisis

New CEO explains how hand hygiene tracker created by former Alder Hey director will be used in hospital's fight against COVID-19

Scotland's Citruslabs goes free for COVID-19 researchers

Start-up for recruitment of clinical trials to offer services for free to coronavirus researchers

Monday 27th April

UK tech confidence slumps as COVID-19 takes its toll

The quarterly Tech Tracker from Studio Graphene finds only 32% of tech start-ups are ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ they will increase their turnover in the coming 12 months - 42% lower than three months ago

Productivity increases at coding assessment marketplace

Gaurang Torvekar, CEO at SaaS business Indorse, says 'remote working DNA' means its workers in both London and Singapore are benefiting from WFH full-time

21,000 COVID-19 related complaints to CMA

After asking public for information about businesses behaving unfairly, COVID-19 Taskforce writes to 187 firms about large price rises for personal hygiene products such as hand sanitiser and food

NHS worker on maternity leave pioneers COVID-19 flashcards

Anaesthetist Dr Rachael Grimaldi’s CARDMEDIC tool now being used in hospitals in 47 countries

New software to help retailers enforce social distancing

Security tech firm Bi3 creates business intelligence division to help retailers respond to coronavirus challenges

Friday 24th April

Covid Credit tool launched by FinTechs

Capital on Tap among firms to launch simple tool that allows UK small business owners/self-employed people to track their finances over the coming months to present to HMRC to claim back lost money

AWS launches machine learning search capabilities for COVID-19 dataset

With researchers and scientists united in an effort to understand the disease and find ways to detect and treat infections as quickly as possible, Amazon Web Services' CORD-19 Search, can help researchers quickly and easily search tens of thousands of research papers and documents using natural language questions

MyTutor created Online School in less than a week

James Grant, CEO of online tutoring service, says free-to-use tool takes some pressure off parents, schools and students

Should you turn to VR and AR training during lockdown?

As 2020 has advanced tech-based training from luxury to necessity, how can mixed reality help to maintain the up-skilling of workforces? Read The Explainer

Portable fingerprint tech could speed up COVID-19 testing

Intelligent Fingerprinting, developers of a portable drug screening system, seeks partners for development of a COVID-19 test

Remote appointment app GPDQ raises £2m

Doctor-on-demand service helps to combat increased GP demand during COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday 23rd April

Augmented reality’s vital role in ventilator production push

PTC’s AR tech and Microsoft’s HoloLens capture crucial assembly steps involved in building ventilators

British engineers create anti-coronavirus gadget in 30 days

Hand-washing gadget Wavewash, which may be ideal for businesses operating during the lockdown - and those which are hoping to reopen as restrictions are eventually lifted - will launch in the coming weeks 

A month of lockdown: How has UK responded to WFH?

Study highlights attitudes following largest overnight change in working habits since outbreak of the Second World War

BrightHR launches new Furlough Navigator to support UK businesses

Business owners can make records and seek guidance as well as see who is furloughed and for how long

AO.com launches free delivery and time slots for NHS workers

Electricals firm also offering a 10% discount on personal purchases for NHS keyworkers and has donated products to hospitals and medical units across the UK

Why eCommerce is the only winner from retail's apocalypse

COVID-19 has been blamed for the demise of several big name retailers but what does it mean for eCommerce? BusinessCloud brought together a number of experts to find out

Xero fast-tracks products to assist customers

App marketplace head Edward Berks reveals measures including dedicated response team and Business Continuity Hub

Wednesday 22nd April

Curve helps customers free up cash during lockdown

Customers now able to go back in time to before COVID-19 crisis and swap the card their purchases were made on - meaning small businesses can retrospectively manage their cash flow issues

New NHS system reduces pressure on NHS 111

Advanced works with NHSX, NHS England and NHS Improvement to create sophisticated queue to handle tens of thousands of calls a day and up to 3,000 clinicians responding at any one time during COVID-19

Healthcare app to help vulnerable self-isolators receive crucial support

All Together Better Sunderland, a partnership that brings together a number of health and social care services in the city, initially piloted the Luscii app last month

BIMObject opens platform to 1.8m engineers and architects to fight COVID-19

Building Information Modeling content platform is now hosting information on any product that can help combat the coronavirus outbreak, such as 3D printing files for medical equipment and emergency hospital designs

Scottish life sciences firm to make 46,000 COVID-19 tests a day

Omega Diagnostics signs agreement with Mologic to manufacture antibody tests capable of indicating whether people have had virus or immunity to it

Why has coronavirus caused so many businesses to fail?

UK boss of FinTech unicorn Adyen calls for companies to change how they operate to ensure they can withstand significant down-cycles

GBG profits leap despite 'modest COVID-19 impact'

Listed identity data intelligence specialist reports big rise in annual revenues but warns it is “not immune to the current crisis”

NCSC takes down 2,000 coronavirus scams

National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, launches 'cyber aware' campaign after UK turned to devices

Tuesday 21st April

Software firm launches app content for home-schooling parents

Connect Childcare teams up with BBC Bitesize and early years nutrition expert Louise Mercieca to launch new feature within ParentZone app – ParentHub – featuring content surrounding meals, recipes and home activities

Tech-focused charity initiative to support NHS Heroes

Bytes for Heroes is a charity initiative with a mission to engage the tech community in feeding over a million NHS wor