COVID-19 response offers from the digital community

This is an open call for offers of support and provision of local assets, both people and infrastructure, to support local pandemic response efforts.

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Over the last week, as the local response to the pandemic has gone into overdrive, we’ve received many offers of help and material support from people and firms in the local digital community. We’re compiling them into a list, which we’re going to publish openly on the Sheffield Digital website, and also share with the city authorities and anyone else who we identify could use the help. We’re also compiling a list of needs as they are defined and communicated with us.

These assets and offers for help can be anything from free rack-space or managed hosting to spare service centre capacity; from offers to design and build digital tools at cost rather than market rate to seconding people or allowing furloughed development teams to volunteer. We’re certain that any digital comms and tech help that can be offered can be put to use in the city and wider.

In terms of where there are needs, we know that the city needs more outbound service centre capacity (and anyone who has any should please get in touch so we can pass it on). We also expect that the various response networks will need other kinds of help and we will be contacting them to show them what kind of support is being offered.

If you would prefer to make your offer of support anonymous, please just let us know and we’ll make sure only the nature of the offer is published, and will connect you up if and when someone requests it.

The offers and asks collected so far are listed below, and you can use this form to add to the list:

Please fill out this form to register your offer of support

 

Support offers and assets

Here are some of the latest support offers we’ve received. As this list gets longer, we’ll set up a document to keep track of them all. 

Company: Nimble Approach
Website: https://www.nimbleapproach.com/

Offer summary: With all this uncertainty at the moment, Nimble would like to offer our help and support in any way we can to keep small businesses (like ours!) going as best we can. We would like to offer free consultancy to anyone in our network who needs it – whether it’s to bounce new ideas off one of our delivery specialists, or just to talk through one of your new projects, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help where we can!

Link for more information.

Contact: Chris Roberts 

Company: The Curve
Website: https://thecurve.io

Offer summary: The Curve are a Sheffield-based software development and technology consultancy. We would like to offer software development and technology consultancy at no more than cost for anyone working on a project that supports the COVID-19 fight, support setting up online shopping sites (Shopify) for those who now can only sell and deliver online, support setting up remote working tools (video conferencing, VPN, VOIP/Virtual Phones, etc).

Link for more information.

Contact: Melise Jones 

Company: Evoluted
Website: https://evoluted.net

Offer summary: Free digital marketing advice. Covering what you should be doing during the crisis, to prepare for a post COVID-19 world and how you can adapt your business to survive online.

Link for more information.

Contact: Ash Young 

Company: Mr-Maker
Website: https://Mark-Wrigley.com

Offer summary: Access to a large maker community. A network of contacts involved with laser cutting and 3D printing. Many are already manufacturing face masks and similar items. The issue now is to match users with makers.

Contact: Mark Wrigley 

Company: Pipe Ten Hosting Ltd.
Website: https://www.pipeten.com/

Offer summary: We are providing free application hosting, website hosting and compute infrastructure for any CV19 related projects, assisting companies with cost reduction and migrations to cloud infrastructure while furloughed, advice + support + jobs available.

Contact: Carl Heaton 

Company: Hydra Creative
Website: https://www.hydracreative.com

Offer summary: Free consultancy, digital marketing advice and SEO reports and advice. Any subsequent work required or requested will be at a reduced cost for the duration of the lockdown.

Contact: Amy Dixon 

Company: tecy.digital
Website: https://tecy.digital

Offer summary: Companies are unsure of what the future holds but have vital project work in the pipeline. There are also lots of contractors and freelancers without work right now and most are unable to access the government financial aid packages. Companies can access tecy.digital completely free of charge for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis and connect with contractors and freelancers who need your support.

Link for more information.

Contact: Scott Davies 

Company: Northern Value Creators
Website: www.northernvaluecreators.com

Offer summary: Free coaching. Working remotely, trying to do your best for your team, or wondering how to keep your business thriving? Feeling overwhelmed? Our coaches can help you do your best thinking, someone to bounce ideas off, or simply be someone to talk to.

Link for more information.

Contact: Simon Cookson 

Company: Deeper than Blue
Website: https://deeperthanblue.co.uk

Offer summary: Let us help you move business online to help with trade in these tough times.  We will set you up with a Tradeable online store with full checkout and cart functions, configurable delivery options and guidance on how to use the admin portal on the platform so you can keep it running without developers. This is aimed at people who have a physical store and do not currently have the ability to sell online and is offered at a minimal cost.

Link for more information.

Contact: Craig Melville 

Company: Bolster

Offer summary: Time, advice and expertise in “digital transformation” – help to automate or digitise manual processes, help businesses adapt their processes to enable fully remote and productive working.

Link for more information.

Contact: Elliot Chaim 

Company: Fenti Limited
Website: https://fenti.co.uk

Offer summary: We are offering 1 week free social media management – content and artwork, marketing strategy advice, advice on social media, website updates, content review of social media, content review of website, free SEO report and advice on how to rank higher.

Link for more information

Contact: Mark Shipley 

Company: RTB
Website: https://www.rtbfc.co.uk/

Offer summary: Support for individuals, businesses or services through their current challenges via mental skills & performance development. Provide the tools, developing the mindset to ‘keep on task’ & deal with the pressures of the pandemic. Free to frontline services, reduced fees for others.

Contact: Mark Fretwell

Company: Can Studios
Website: https://canstudios.com

Offer summary: We help organisations of all types and sizes create online training, assessments and ed-tech – from providing tools to create your own elearning, to building fully-bespoke portals. Assess how you can best transform your face-to-face training for online delivery with our expert advice and free trials of our elearning authoring & learning management tools. 25% discount on annual plans* for Sheffield-based companies whose face-to-face delivery is affected by COVID restrictions.
(*Training Post & Adapt from Can Studios Premium.)

Contact: Paul Hilton 

Requests for support

We’ll add requests for support here as they come in. If you would like to ask the Sheffield Digital community for help with something, please get in touch.

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