Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Inspire sets itself up as the 'Alexa' for coronavirus-hit businesses

The Inspire team


Business growth specialist Inspire has set itself up as the 'Alexa' for coronavirus-hit businesses, with experts on hand to address the concerns of business owners.

The emergency initiative is open to any business – whether or not they are a member of the Inspire network.

CEO Rob Perks explained: "We have seen complex and far-reaching effects of the current crisis on a number of our clients from simple concerns around gaining accurate information to support their business to operational and supply chain challenges that have impacted their productivity and in some cases cashflow.

"We are in a unique position to support our wider business community with information and practical advice regarding all the challenges that business leaders are facing.

"We are fortunate to have a daily bulletin of business-specific measures and updates from BEIS and the Cabinet Office, which we are sharing with all those that would like to receive it.

"Myself, and the rest of the Inspire team are manning our phones or utilising video calls to connect our clients to the solutions they need, acting as an 'Alexa' for business.

Help and advice on offer includes:

  • Up to the minute, practical, business-specific, government bulletins by email.
  • Guidance on what financial support is available to businesses and how to access it.
  • Expert advice in risk mitigation, cash flow concerns, workforce advice, utilising technology to aid business operation and a vast breadth of other areas, and
  • Local connections and solutions for supply chain and logistical challenges.

"Our mission has always been to support business growth across the South West and build a community of like-minded leaders for shared learning and collaboration," said Rob.

"In these difficult times we are extending our advice and support to any business leader that would benefit from it, in an effort to support our regions business community."