News | Round-up March 27

Self-isolation tech solutions fund 

The Government has this week made £500,000 of funding available for technology companies to develop digital support solutions for people who need to self-isolate due to coronavirus. 

Techforce19 challenges companies to support people with digital solutions that help with the following: 

  • Providing remote social care 
  • Optimising the volunteer sector 
  • Improving mental health support 
  • Tech that can ease pressures on services and people. 

Up to £25,000 is available per company. If you’re interested, you can find out more here. 

Middlesbrough Council’s business grants 

Middlesbrough Council has begun paying out business grants to those suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Middlesbrough Council Chief Executive, Tony Parkinson, this week reported on Twitter that as of the evening of March 25 the Council had paid almost £1m to 68 companies with over 600 applications to process. 

You can find out more and apply for the COVID-19 emergency grant here. 


We round up this week’s Digital Teesside information 

We’ve seen some fantastic blogs from Digital Teesside businesses this week, that are helpful to a lot of businesses across the world. 

Salesfire has launched its new tracking dashboard. The free tool shows sales, page views and visitors across the UK Salesfire network and shows online buying trends. 

Colehouse has rounded up the brands who are coping with the problems Coronavirus is bringing in its blog this week.  

And this week we have collated a suite of useful business-related tools and links on how to keep your business running through this current time. 


COVID-19: Lets get through this together

Yesterday, we saw James Lees from Mabo and Richard Hemsworth from Salesfire collaborate on the webinar “Why eCommerce Is Still Valuable & Needed,” encouraging signs for eCommerce retailers during these turbulent times. 

Places are limited to 50 people, so look out for the next ones on PPC recap, smart bidding and feed optimisation, on Mabo social media channels here. 

The LinkedIn group, COVID-19 on Teesside – SME Business Continuity is helping businesses support each other and share advice on what to do. If you haven’t joined yet, we highly recommend. 

Code 4000, coding teachers who help students in prisons, are asking “Do any of our developer friends have links to paper-based coding resources suitable for adults with a range of abilities and experience levels?  

As the prisons go into lockdown we’re keen to provide our learners the opportunity to continue their learning. If you think you can help, get in touch via email at 

If you haven’t seen already, we have created blog on coronavirus and the impact on Teesside businesses – where you can find all updates on health and safety, employees and funding. Take a look. 

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