Coronavirus live blog: Daily tech updates

Posted on May 5, 2020 by Chris Maguire

Tuesday 5th May

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 workers and healthcare heroes

Tide introduces Invoice Protection to support SMEs

Business banking platform launches product in partnership with insurance solutions provider Hokodo to help micro, small and medium-sized businesses protect their cash flow against the late and non-payment of invoices

Virtualstock helps hospitals access critical supplies more quickly

Tech firm allowing hospital staff to find millions of products available from a single online marketplace

How Nominet is using AI to stop fake COVID-19 sites

Scammers hoping to cash in on coronavirus confusion are being met with new machine learning tools to stop fraudulent .uk websites ever getting online

10 tips for growing your business in a lockdown

Entrepreneur Sam Eastwood shares 10 tips on how he’s trying to grow his eCommerce business Street Solutions UK during COVID-19 lockdown

Blue Prism to raise £100m to strengthen balance sheet

Founder Alastair Bathgate to step down as CEO after 18 years ahead of share placing

Monday 20th April

Landline tech helps patients left behind by app-based healthcare

CEO and Founder of GP software firm says its ‘VMS’ technology will better serve the up to 60% of patients without easy access to a smartphone

Tech-powered ‘corona hotels’ help to take strain off hospitals

Essence Group and FocusCure install remote monitoring telecare technology into makeshift field hospitals in UK hotels to support COVID-19 patients who have been discharged from hospitals

Digital twin tech offers real-time insight into critical care bed availability

Iotics creates digital twin of every hospital in England with number of critical care beds and is encouraging authorities and hospitals to provide the essential bed availability data

WorldRemit gifts £400,000 to NHS workers in the UK

Vouchers worth £50 per customer to use towards the money they send home to look after their loved ones around the globe

Government unveils £1.25bn support for start-ups

£500m ‘Future Fund’ and £750m R&D pot to support new firms ineligible for existing coronavirus rescue schemes

Why we need to support female FinTech leaders during COVID-19

Dr. Ruth Wandhöfer, Partner at Gauss VC, says the disruptive and prospering nature of FinTech demands more women in leading roles

Friday 17th April

AI used to identify five potential COVID-19 treatments

Systems pharmacology platform begins talks with government in hope of beginning trials

Thursday 16th April

Onfido secures $100m, reveals ‘coronavirus passport’ plans

The start-up’s latest investment comes as its password alternative tech sees a surge in interest

Coronavirus situation ‘increases threat to our online privacy’

As isolation and self-quarantine increase reliance on tech tools, online privacy start-up warns of increased risk to personal data

Starling offers new tool for business customers to find coronavirus aid

Challenger bank Starling has launched a new online tool which helps businesses to identify the appropriate government coronavirus support scheme for them

Wednesday 15th April

New website launched for furloughed tech workers

Scheme hopes to connect skilled workers to struggling start-ups through volunteering opportunities

£2.6m UK space tech investment includes drone delivered PPE

New capital for projects to support NHS includes drone technology and satellite observation

Imagining VC funding post-pandemic

Co-Founding MD of Storm Ventures predicts boost for tech firms powered by gig-workers and advises tech scale-ups to start thinking ‘on the offence’

Tuesday 14th April

Could Covid-19 spell the end of traditional GP appointments?

BusinessCloud Executive Editor Chris Maguire asks if Coronavirus has created the perfect storm to integrate technology into healthcare

Virtual food market to deliver essentials to vulnerable people

eCommerce start-up Mercarto to help key workers and vulnerable people get essential household items quickly and safely during COVID-19 crisis

Entrepreneur launches free online access to UK therapists for NHS frontline staff

A wellness entrepreneur has set up a business and initiative in isolation in just seven days in order to provide NHS frontline staff fighting COVID-19 free therapy sessions by UK therapists

UK companies offered free access to working from home health and safety digital toolkit

UK companies are to be given free access to mobile inspection app and digital platform, iAuditor, from SafetyCulture, to help manage the working from home concerns of employers and employees during the Coronavirus crisis

Thursday 9th April

Leeds firm helps NFPs and educators build Coronavirus websites

Leeds-based Refractiv’s website building product Overdrive is being offered free of charge to organizations who want to set up a dedicated site to help a community, a group or individuals during the course of the coronavirus crisis.

Employee perks platform Perkbox

London-headquartered employee benefits platform Perkbox has extending access to ‘Perkbox Medical’ –which offers private online GP appointments – to all of its customer’s workers and their family.

Isolating doctors need remote tools to diagnose patients

Feedback Medical chairman Professor Rory Shaw explains how technology can support the NHS through the coronavirus crisis.

Health tech firm doubles workforce on back of Covid-19 demand

North West agency Redmoor Health delivers urgent tech training in video conferencing and Microsoft Teams to clinicians and GP practice staff.

FCA approves e-signatures for fund management companies

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that fund management companies can now use electronic signatures to approve documents amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as delay publishing their annual reports by an extra two months and an extra month for half-year reports.

Wednesday 8th April

App developed to help children through cancer treatment goes free

Xploro, the app that helps children being treated for cancer understand what’s happening to them, is being offered, free of charge, to patients in the UK undergoing treatment during the Coronavirus crisis

Rival HealthTech firms join forces to provide remote GP services

A new collaboration between remote GP booking platform GPDQ and iPLATO, creators of the myGP app, have joined forces. The new partneship will provide medical practices with a team of remote doctors, pharmacists and nurses who are all able to conduct video or remote consultations via the myGP platform.

Tuesday 7th April

‘Laser cut’ visors for NHS staff take just two minutes (contribute to Go Fund Me campaign)

Maker community based at DoES in Liverpool capable of cutting up to 900 a day as process is 38 minutes quicker than 3D printing

Doctors embrace free remote consultations tech

MyClinic.com Rooms allows GPs to create a virtual clinic and waiting room which patients can access without downloading any apps – a six-figure code is all that is required

Thousands of NHS staff embrace tech solutions to help speed up care

Pando Health, an app built by three NHS doctors to enable clinicians to quickly and securely contact colleagues, sees 700% increase in daily downloads

TeamViewer supports schools and universities

Free online collaboration solution Blizz enables teachers and professors to keep teaching students remotely with audio and video calls, screen sharing and chat messages for up to 50 participants

COVID-19 breathing aid manufacturing instructions made freely available

UCL Business makes files, designs and manufacturing rights to potentially lifesaving UCL-Ventura device available online via its e-lucid platform, a digital licensing portal

New tech ‘could help millions suffering with COVID-19 isolation’

Liverpool engineering firm looking for manufacturer to help roll out tech solution nationally and combat loneliness of millions of people left isolated by coronavirus

Apple to make a million face shields per week

CEO Tim Cook reveals tech giant has sourced 20m face masks from its global supply chain while firm’s design and engineering teams are now working to produce and ship more than a million face shields per week

Northcoders launches Web Development: Remote

Coding school for the North announces eight-week full-time and fully remote course that will teach people how to code from home

Monday 6th April

Healthcare start-ups join forces to meet NHS staffing demands

Patchwork.Health and digital passports provider Truu to enable rapid and flexible deployment of key NHS staff members during coronavirus crisis

North East firm launches virtual interactive events tech

Animmersion fast-tracks product to support business communications and exhibition industry as it adapts to life under coronavirus

Machine learning engine built by robot brains to aid fight

Apollo, developed by Cambridge-based Agxio, could be “game-changer” when used to analyse and predict the efficacy of potential vaccine combinations, outbreak trends and behavioural nudge factors

Intelligent Ultrasound launches simulator at NHS Nightingale

BodyWorks simulator and accompanying COVID-19 lung ultrasound module to train clinicians in lung-scanning tech

Quiz app platform expands to meet lockdown demand

Leeds-based start-up now offers pub, business and family options in its cloud-based quiz platform

Meet SMEs leading charge in coronavirus crisis

Marcus Gibson, editor of the Gibson Index, highlights the exceptional smaller companies which have largely been ignored by the government

Video games carry crucial ‘Stay At Home, Save Lives’ message

Leading studios target young population with essential COVID-19 messaging through world’s most popular games

Friday 3rd April

VST Enterprises develops ‘unique digital healthcare passport’

Cyber security firm claims V-COVID will speed up process of getting key critical care workers back to the frontline safely and securely

A third of eCommerce sites ‘hit by bad bots exploiting CV-19’

Radware research shows 27.7% of traffic on media sites in February was made up of bad bots and involved automated activity

Manchester Digital offers free memberships to tech businesses

Businesses that sign up for three-month membership can access online events and webinars; get business and financial advice; and network with peers via a number of specialist forums

Skrill offers free services to ‘tech for good’ SMBs

Online payments company offering its wallet and quick checkout solution free of charge to businesses providing products or services which are supporting communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Law firm launches COVID-19 toolkit for businesses

Kemp Little’s free advisory resource helps businesses navigate tax, legal and financial processes thrown into discord by coronavirus

Incredible Zoom growth hits 200m daily video users

Founder and CEO Eric Yuan: “To put this growth in context, as of the end of December last year, the maximum number of daily meeting participants, both free and paid, conducted on Zoom was approximately 10 million”

Autocab pledges £500k to support industry

Manchester firm provides tech to taxi firms globally and says relief fund is available to its hardest-hit customers

Tech helps events entrepreneur pivot to online egg delivery

With the events industry decimated by coronavirus, Georgina Burrows used off-the-shelf tech tools to build a 100-customer business in less than a fortnight

Thursday 2nd April

Tech Nation CEO ‘inspired’ by collaboration

Gerard Grech: “Businesses big and small have registered their willingness to help, with many adapting their areas of expertise. The scale and diversity of efforts, and the collaboration between companies is inspiring to see”

New app rewards key workers

North East retail tech firm Redu launches Front Line Rewards to give NHS workers, teachers, delivery people, supermarket workers and others shop discounts. People and companies can also donate cash via the website

Third of businesses hire external IT support to cope with pandemic

Covid-19: Isolation Nation report from Parliament Street offers insight into how employees and decision makers are adapting to the increased pressure on IT infrastructure

‘Pandemic is beginning of healthcare tech revolution’

CEO of NHS-approved digital pharmacy says technology vital in helping over-stretched health service meet demand

Where does UK rank in remote working league table?

Research highlights the nations best-equipped to handle working from home and social distancing

The Hut Group pledges £10m coronavirus relief

Consumer and tech giant to aid vulnerable communities, key workers and emergency services across UK

Auto Trader share placing raises £186m

FTSE 100 firm moves to strengthen balance sheet as car sales halt amid COVID-19 lockdown

Wednesday 1st April

Fever detection AI solution for crowds launches

Kogniz Health’s solution detects fever using specialised camera technologies and an artificial intelligence-based software platform. When anyone with fever enters a building, they can be identified and stopped

Free platform to assist COVID-19 researchers

Element AI’s natural language web platform helps global health organisations, clinical experts, researchers and scientists accelerate their search of structured and unstructured information

Robots help to fight coronavirus worldwide

Disinfection robot UVD operates in more than 40 countries and uses ultraviolet light to kill harmful microorganisms while moving around patient rooms and operating theatres autonomously

Virtual balloon race helps charities bust coronavirus

Red Cross to join primary schools and other groups in running seven-day events affected by real-life weather during lockdown

Mobile app to trace proximity contacts needed

Oxford University professor calls for tech to “urgently support health services to control coronavirus transmission”

Learn how to code for free during the coronavirus crisis

Sonin offers services of iOS and Android developers to teach people how to build an app from scratch

Elder to boost staff and carer numbers amid coronavirus

CEO of HealthTech connecting elderly with live-in carers also praises “acts of sacrifice” which could save lives

Social media’s crucial role in COVID-19 lockdown

Healthy engagement can go a long way to reducing social isolation and staying positive, says It’s Gone Viral MD Andrew Trotman

Tuesday 31st March

How to make the most of Alexa during lockdown 

Which? offers tips on using virtual assistant to get the most out of your day, keep fit, provide entertainment or ‘help out’ with chores (Google Assistant version available here)

COVID-19 economic tracker launches

Project from ccinsight draws upon daily data from more than a billion customer engagements and 400 million transactions across 120 countries to track COVID-19’s impact on the economy through consumer buying trends

COVID-19 ‘leading businesses to take security risks’

Cyber security expert warns that many companies are taking shortcuts on security measures

F1 teams join ventilators effort

Mercedes helps develop NHS-approved breathing aid for COVID-19 patients while other teams provide UK hospitals with thousands of extra ventilators

Care comparison site launches ‘COVID-19 taskforce’

Care Sourcer, which made our Scotland Tech 50 ranking last year, offering free employee assistance programme to care providers nationwide in partnership with Legal & General and EAP platform Health Assured

CEO’s COVID-19 diary: ‘There couldn’t be worse time to get sick’

Alex Theuma, founder and CEO of SaaStock, describes challenge of pivoting global conference company after contracting COVID-19 himself

Airbnb pledges $250m to struggling hosts around world

Tech accommodation platform to pay 25% of cancelled booking income between March and May after earlier allowing guests to cancel without penalty

Adzooma opens up free access to platform 

Tech firm which manages, optimises and reports on over $500m a year in ad spend across Google, Facebook and Microsoft pledges to assist agencies and small businesses

Monday 30th March

Crowdfunding campaign to 3D print face masks

3DCrowdUK project enlists owners of 3D printers to create shields for NHS workers on coronavirus front lines

Free tech for hiring vital frontline technical staff

elbo will offer a free service to healthcare organisations recruiting IT or technical staff to keep essential public services going during the COVID-19 crisis

‘What is VPN’ searches grow 81%

In the UK the search volume more than doubled during the last four weeks, according to Google Trends data gathered and analysed by Atlas VPN

Massive surge in the use of FinTech apps

Social distancing, isolation and lockdowns have driven up the use of financial apps in Europe by 72 per cent in a week, according to deVere Group

Replicating ‘amazing’ culture with Facebook Workplace

Moneypenny’s £15m HQ rivals the best in Silicon Valley. CEO Joanna Swash explains how it has transitioned to remote working

OnBuy pledges to protect sellers following Amazon decision

eCommerce site waives subscription fees after Amazon stopped third-party sellers of ‘non-essential products’ from shipping to its warehouses

KC Wearable launches COVID-19 symptom detector

Smart wearable technology and innovation company launches smart helmet for fast-screening fevers in public spaces in the fight against COVID-19

Birth control app launches COVID-19 symptom tracker

Natural Cycles users will be able to track various symptoms and log coronavirus test results

‘There are challenges and opportunities in WFH’

UKFast CTO Neil Lathwood reflects on moving more than 300 people to remote working in a matter of days

Telecoms companies to support vulnerable consumers through COVID-19

All providers will remove all data allowance caps on all current fixed broadband services, among other measures agreed with the government

Friday 27th March

New Tech London Advocates COVID-19 Resource Hub launches

The Resource Hub has received huge support from London’s tech community and has the backing of representatives from the likes of Hiscox, KPMG, Shoosmiths, Lakestar and Merian Ventures

Launch of the Self Employed Income Support Scheme

Hilary Centeleghe, Growth and Startup Lead at the Growth Company, welcomes government’s announcement of financial support for five million self-employed people and gig economy workers across the country

3D printing firm joins ventilator production race

3D Systems pledges to bridge supply chain gap as customer prints more than 100 venturi ventilator valves

How do you protect your mental health during COVID-19?

Ten entrepreneurs and business leaders share their experiences of maintaining mental health during social isolation, home-working and a coronavirus lockdown

The dating app that adapted for coronavirus

The Intro, a dating app which is popular amongst young professionals in London, has launched a new video dating feature for singles who are self-isolating or social distancing

‘Coronavirus is forcing teams to work remotely’

Remote working does not mean your team cannot work effectively and collaboratively (sponsored content)

Tech Nation’s policy recommendations for protecting the UK’s tech ecosystem

Tech Nation surveyed more than 100 tech CEOs and founders on their reaction to the government’s financial support measures. The recommendations: 1. Liquidity to pre-revenue early stage start-ups; 2. Co-working spaces for tech companies and self-employed; 3. A NI/PAYE deferral to enable companies to manage cash flow and staff; 4. Tier 2 Visas holders who are let go could have their visas extended for 18 months regardless of employment status; 5. AI companies working on breakthrough tech need funding so accelerating R&D tax credits could help credit availability

Key tips for keeping your business alive during coronavirus

Midven director Roger Wood outlines the areas businesses need to consider in these uncertain times

Thursday 26th March

Ultrasound-on-chip tech on frontlines of coronavirus fight

Butterfly Network’s mobile lung ultrasound proving to be ‘powerful weapon’ in fight against COVID-19

Leading tech firm provides free software to help local enterprises

Panintelligence is offering its business intelligence solutions for free to support and empower Yorkshire organisations in the wake of the global disruption caused by coronavirus

Local delivery app wins race against supermarkets

‘Deliveroo for independent shops’ is outpacing household names in the race to people’s doors amid coronavirus chaos

Coronavirus ‘fit for work’ app uses AI to identify symptoms

Remote workers to be armed with early intervention technology before attending worksites

Pre-plan everything!

Entrepreneur Cherelle Hunter reveals how she is juggling home-schooling with running an eCommerce business amid the coronavirus lockdown

Wednesday 25th March

Sumo revenues rocket, expects positive COVID-19 impact

Developments teams at Sheffield-headquartered video game firm now working from home

A beginner’s guide to Zoom (from a total virgin)

Millions of home-workers are signing up in their droves to the remote conferencing platform Zoom because of the working restrictions caused by coronavirus. Chris Maguire put it to the test

Sub in webinars for physical events

Jess Jackson of GC Angels says online events where a speaker presents to a virtual audience are an excellent solution to keep the team and clients engaged

Tuesday 24th March

Time to reassure clients & investors

Raminta Lilaite of Blue Oceans PR says there is great value in communications during such a crisis

NHSX creates ‘tech force’ for those at risk through lockdown

Technology-focused public health body offering grants to companies innovating in remote social care and volunteering

Monday 23rd March

‘Virtual boardrooms’ helping firms hit by coronavirus

New service designed to provide advice to companies struck by economic impact of the pandemic

Four-day week to avoid layoffs

CEO Jacob Wedderburn-Day has taken measures to avoid losing any staff – and says founders are cutting their own salaries 50%

Manchester BioTech firm announces ‘germ trap’ snood

Ten years of research on an antiviral fabric coating has been sped up to bring mask alternative to market

Top 10 tips for working on your own (from the man who knows)

Entrepreneur Sam Eastwood knows what it’s like to work on your own as he’s the only member of staff at his £1m online business Street Solutions UK

Collective thinking needed to save economy from coronavirus

We can work more productively and safely at home – but British businesses must pull together for the greater good, argues Atlas Cloud CEO Pete Watson

Provide clarity for workers

Form strategy director Katie Peate says agreeing the rules of engagement with your team is vital

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