All the amazing things that Northern companies are doing to help struggling businesses

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COVID-19's presence is being felt by the whole world. For businesses of all sizes, it's difficult, unexpected, and brings many challenges. We're compiling a list of services that shows how the North is coming together to beat the coronavirus. 

The outbreak has dramatically changed how Northern businesses, agencies, production house and others operate, meaning that companies are struggling to do everything they want to do. What we have seen though, is heartwarming examples of how some companies are offering discounts or free services to help out others.

Please get in touch by emailing Josh (josh@prolificnorth.co.uk) with details about what your company is offering or doing to help out other businesses in the sectors that we cover. We'll do our best to keep this page up to date.

Panintelligence

The Leeds-based tech company is offering its business intelligence solutions for free to support and empower Yorkshire organisations in the wake of the global disruption caused by Coronavirus.

Typically provided to software vendors, Panintelligence’s highly intuitive platform will be available to businesses to help them take advantage of their data and be better equipped to react to real-time monitoring to make decisions quickly.

P&B Social

Set up by former staff from Unilad and Ladbible, the team at P&B Social know how to do some seriously effective social media marketing. They announced on LinkedIn that they are offering:

"Free social media consultancy during this difficult time for small businesses in the UK. We will help you connect with customers new and existing, build your brand awareness and drive online sales."

CircleLoop

Rossendale-based CircleLoop, the cloud-based phone system for business, has pledged to provide free business telephony to any school, healthcare provider or charity who is facing remote working challenges.

The firm said its system can be live "in a matter of minutes", with no card or payment details required.

One Day Agency

One Day is a digital agency that is offering free consultancy within any discipline of digital marketing: advertising, planning, strategy, creative, content, channels, & more.

The agency can provide support, strategy and audits to companies unsure of what to do with their digital advertising needs.

Novi.digital 

Digital marketing agency, novi.digital, are offering performance-based SEO and PPC marketing to businesses in sectors most affected by the global health crisis.

The company is offering free SEO audits, free PPC audits, free UX audits and free consultancy calls to any business within the Events, Hospitality, Travel and Tourism.

  • Email Ethan Giles or ask for him by calling the Lancaster office on 0800 955 6684

Scriba PR

To help stop the panic buying, West Yorkshire-based Scriba PR have joined One Minute Briefs in encouraging the advertising industry to help change consumer behaviour.

Agencies just have to create a savvy poster to #StopPanicBuying, and they could be in with a chance of winning one of these prizes:

  • A secluded night away here carwinleyretreat.co.uk (once all this blows over!)
  • Donation of time from OMB & Scriba to your chosen charity
  • A bespoke Neon Sign created just for you from neon-works.co.uk

Vapour

With demand for remote working solutions now at an all-time high, the need for help, knowledge and support is unprecedented. That’s why Cloud specialists Vapour have announced that their technical team is offering consultancy services free of charge to help businesses through this complex time.

They've also rolled out some new processes internally so that, if organisations need to get up and running with a new remote working solution, they can (in most cases) have everything ready in a maximum of 48 hours.

Force 24

It's a tricky time for marketers. In order to lessen the pressure on the bottom line, Force24 will be hosting free personal development webinars every single day of the week commencing 23rd March, from 12pm-1pm.

If you miss the sessions, you can still download the slides.

  • Find out more here.

Assenty

Manchester-based tech company Assenty are helping event companies hit hard by event cancellations set up online-only events. The company is adding its social-first audience interaction and live polling technology with video conferencing platforms. 

Assenty is also putting on free webinars designed to help people adjust to the new way of working. 

Wonderstuff

Wonderstuff, a brand, packaging and design agency based in Gosforth, Newcastle are offering their brand or packaging design services to food and drink businesses.

The agency is offering free consultancy to talk about what brands could do to change their business model or position of their brand. They're also providing updates to packaging that are needed due to coronavirus, to help with coronavirus, or as an urgent response to business at reduced rates.

Adzooma

Digital advertising platform Adzooma has taken it upon themselves to help businesses, digital agencies, and SMEs alike – by temporarily opening access to the full Adzooma platform for free. 

As of March 2020, through to at least the start of June 2020, anyone who is using Google, Facebook, or Microsoft ads to promote their business or services, will be able to benefit from the time and cost efficiencies that Adzooma can provide, at no cost. 

GradTouch

GradTouch has decided to remove all fees for advertising roles in frontline services such as the NHS, policing and public service, as well as for paid, voluntary or remote roles in the charity sector that have arisen as a result of new demands because of Covid-19.

They have the largest social media following of any graduate jobs board in the UK so get in touch if you need job roles filling.

  • Contact the GradTouch team either via email or by phoning 0161 236 2932.

 

The Link App

The Link App founder and CEO Lauren Riley has announced that the company is offering its product to law firms for free during the crisis, saying: "We know the legal profession well. We know that all firms are not set up for home working in a way that other sectors are."

The legal logistics tool provides a secure and confidential communication tool, across all devices: home computers, laptops, tablets, iPhones and Androids. 

  • Find out more here.

PureClarity

To give your business the chance to maximise your online revenue and customer spend, PureClarity is offering you eCommerce personalisation FREE for 3 months when you sign up before the end of April 2020. 

Datacentreplus

Datacentreplus is an independent data centre and hosting provider based near MediaCityUK in Manchester which provides cloud hosting and other data centre solutions. 

The business is offering free server hosting for those in the hospitality and leisure sector who need a helping hand with hosting fees at this time. 

Social

Social has set up a partnership with strategic communications specialists Bradshaw Advisory. They can offer end-to-end crisis comms support, informed by our current experience working for local government, housing associations, universities and social care organisations.

  • Find out how they can help by contacting John Quinton-Barber on jqb@social.co.uk or on 07769 344 956.

The Manc

The small team behind one of Manchester's biggest publishers is offering free social media advice to any business that needs it. They're working around the clock to do what they do best - amplfying your business across their platforms.

  • Get in touch with The Manc by direct messaging them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. 

 

Halston Marketing

Facebook recently announced they'll be giving away $100m worth of cash grants and ad credits for the platform.

Halston Marketing recommends small businesses apply on this page and then join one of the webinars that the agency will be hosting to help you make the most out of that valuable resource. 

 

GRM Digital

The Leeds-based multi-national web development and digital marketing agency has launched a campaign to provide three local businesses with the chance to benefit from a completely free e-commerce website.

  • To apply, business owners must register their interest at https://resources.grm.digital/covid-19/ by 5pm on 31st March 2020. The GRM Digital team will choose the three candidates based on where it believes its assistance will have the most impact. The three selected firms will be announced on 3rd April 2020.

VIP Worldwide 

East Yorkshire-based VIP Worldwide is a video production, public relations, virtual reality production, content marketing, digital storytelling and social media marketing company for luxury hotels and resorts.

The company is offering free remote support, help and advice to hotels and tourism destinations who are looking to video creation to keep their social media channels alive. As guests are unable to check-in, VIP can still help hoteliers and tourism destination bring their travel and guest experiences to life through UG video.

Down at the Social

In a bid to help freelancers, the team behind Down at the Social have commissioned artist Harrison Edwards to create a t-shirt to capture the spirit of the city and raise funds for a pot to help freelancers and small businesses around Greater Manchester.

The agency will match freelancers and agencies together and pay the freelancers from the t-shirt pot. All freelancers will be paid a fixed rate of £50 for a half day or £100 for a whole day.

Move Marketing

Until the end of May, award-winning agency Move Marketing will be offering 20 companies the chance to get their business online completely free of charge by using its Digiboost package (usually worth £1,000).

The package is made up of a 30-minute audit call, a bespoke digital roadmap, a 1-page website with domain, enquiry form, email design and send out, set-up of two social media channels, set-up of analytics, and further advice.

jam_

Marketing communications agency, Jam_, is helping the hospitality industry weather the COVID-19 crisis, with a free social media toolkit. 

Jam’s free toolkit will help independent hospitality brands (and other independents) tap into their social following to provide useful, informative and engaging content to set the foundations for brands to bounce back bigger and better than before once this is all over. 

Manchester Digital

Manchester Digital is offering tech firms a free three-month membership and support package to help them through the lockdown.

The organisation will provide online events and webinars; offer financial and business advice; and peer-to-peer networking.

  • Find out more here.

Flock

To ensure small companies are staying engaged, team productivity platform Flock is offering 25 free assessments for any company that signs up. 

DeeperThanBlue

Sheffield-based DeeperThanBlue are helping get businesses online with their COVID-19 rescue packages. They've made three different packages for different sized businesses.

All you have to do is apply and during the application, you'll be asked to donate to a charity.

  • Find out more and apply here.

Yobah

Manchester-based cybersecurity and cloud-managed services provider Yobah has announced a free ‘onboarding’ service for its ‘Virtual Workplace’ product.

In what is a tough time for SMEs, Yobah has scrapped the ‘onboarding’ costs usually associated with this type of product, saving businesses thousands of pounds and keeping things simple with a monthly cost from just £70 per user, making this an affordable solution for SMEs looking to get their businesses online and moving during the crisis. 

 

Employ Remotely

The team behind the Employ Remotely site, a platform to hire remote software developers, has created a free CV checker for developers looking to get a job.

First Internet

By way of support, First Internet would like to offer any new clients two months of social media marketing or email marketing template for FREE to anyone who needs our help bringing their business online, in whatever capacity.

The digital agency will also be operating at a reduced rate (25%) during these difficult times for any development work.

  • Find out more here.

SafetyCulture 

SafetyCulture's flagship product, iAuditor, simplifies the auditing process by making it easy for anyone to effectively manage safety and quality from a mobile device. 

They're currently offering free use of iAuditor premium for three months to help businesses mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

  • To find out how the tool can help you protect your workers, visit the website.

Team Mental Health

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to support businesses, Altrincham-based training provider Team Mental Health has made its workplace online resources and online mental health awareness training freely available to all. 

The team has also worked with Edstart Sports Coaching to develop a free resource for parents, carers and teachers. The 'Wellbeing Through Sport Activity' programme is designed to promote positive mental and physical health in children and families whilst they are at home.

  • Make use of the resources here.

ActiveWin

Manchester-based ActiveWin Media Group has announced that it will support e-commerce brands during the Covid19 crisis by offering free auditing services for PPC, display media, SEO, social, CRM, and live chat reviews for struggling businesses.

Furthermore, monthly PPC management fees are waived for the first month of activity, with reduced costs for the following two months for new clients to ease the economic impact of global lockdowns.

Extreme

Extreme marketing agency is offering an eCommerce website development package to businesses in the Harrogate and surrounding areas.

After partnering with a local bakery and getting them online, the team is now looking to provide a heavily-discounted eCommerce package to local businesses, utilising our expertise in D2C, digital transformation and eCommerce.