It’s easier than ever to upskill from the comfort of your own home.
The pandemic has led to a surge of people taking to sites like Skillshare and Linkedin Learning to try a new hobby, or to add another string to their bow to get ahead at work.
New skills can be a great way to create different income streams - if you are good at crafting, you can sell the things you make online, and provide your customers with a bespoke product available nowhere else.
If you learn a skill that a lot of employers need but find hard to find, you could be on your way to a promotion, or to a new job that opens up new horizons that were not possible before.
Over the next month, we will be exploring a whole bunch of possibilities that are open to you with online learning - including fun hobbies and crafts, as well as skills that can come in useful in the professional world.
In the meantime, explore Skillshare - a site that has thousands of online classes taught by experts. There’s a free trial when you sign up - here’s the link!
New financial support is available from the government for businesses and employers.
Check out the gov.uk website to see if your business is eligible.
The pandemic, and lockdown, has affected us all in some ways, especially businesses.
But now, it’s more important than ever to plan your recovery strategy, and how to move forward.
This article from Search Engine Journal has 10 helpful tips on how to navigate this unusual time.
Local coffee places in Altrincham
This week, we’re heading to Altrincham to sample some of the best coffee and brunch. With loads of independent cafes open for takeout, you can support local businesses, while treating yourself at the same time…
Oxford Road Cafe
Having only launched in the past 2 months, Oxford Road Cafe is a trendy brunch spot that has a new take on classics like eggs benedict and avo on toast.
Their website has the full menu
They are also on Insta @oxfordroadcafe
This is an authentic Italian restaurant that is available for takeout. This would be perfect for a romantic night in, or a special sunday lunch. With takeout, who says a lockdown lunch can’t be special?
Head to the website to see the menu
Or follow them on Instagram @locanda_altrincham
This is a versatile independent eatery in the heart of Altrincham. They do paninis, sunday roasts, and showstopping cakes!
The full menu is on their website
And follow their Instagram @stamfordsaltrincham
Whatever you are seeing in the news about the economy, now is not the time to panic! Now is the time to do your part to make sure your business and you as a leader are as strong as you possibly can be, in order to get through challenging times.
The government has put support in place to get businesses through the pandemic financially. All the information can be found on the government website. - Click
Independent Takeout Coffee in Didsbury
As spring is pretty much here now, and with all the talks of lockdown easing up soon, we are getting excited to get back outside, and reconnect with people and places we have missed...but until then, there are still fun things we can do…
Like grabbing a coffee and going for a walk with a friend!
This is a great way to explore some independent businesses that are offering take-out in the Manchester/North West area...
West Didsbury is bursting with quirky cafes. Here are just a few…
Another Heart to Feed is an Aussie-inspired cafe that does the best brunches and barista-style coffee - also, their latte art is on point!
Rustik make incredible takeout coffee. They also double as a bar, and eatery that have a unique take on burgers, paninis and toasties.
Dish and Spoon are available for takeout coffee, and are the place to be for great cake! Plus, they create custom wedding cakes...