Free training for East Devon’s businesses to help them through the Covid-19 crisis

East Devon District Council is working with a company called Cosmic, specialising in digital skills for businesses, to provide the training. (Well not just “a” company – Owl)

Philippa Davies  www.sidmouthherald.co.uk

Businesses in East Devon are being offered free webinars and online workshops to help them survive the coronavirus lockdown.

East Devon District Council is working with a company called Cosmic, specialising in digital skills for businesses, to provide the training.

Cosmic are based next to the council’s premises, Blackdown House, in the East Devon Business Centre.

[Owl is struggling to recall the extent of EDDC’s involvement with the start-up of this Social Enterprise Partnership, but believes the purpose was to encourage the use of IT in East Devon. Mark Williams, EDDC Chief Executive, was a Cosmic director until 2011. Another example of EDDC’s close relationship with business is, of course, the ill -starred Business Forum ].

The sessions will be hosted online via video conferencing, with the first taking place on the morning of Tuesday, May 5.

It is aimed at small businesses and self-employed traders, and will focus on quick and simple ways to sell online, new ways to generate income overnight, and how to keep in touch with existing customers and retain their business during lockdown.

A follow-up workshop on Wednesday, May 13, will explore ways to maximise business opportunities in a remote environment, along with guidance on managing staff remotely and remaining productive and focused.

Future workshops will look at using social media, digital marketing, and useful software and other tools.

Visit the booking page at eventbrite for more information, and to register to take part.