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6 tips for businesses to manage the impact of the Coronavirushttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/6-tips-for-businesses-to-manage-the-impact-of-the-coronavirus6 tips for businesses to manage the impact of the CoronavirusThis week, President Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster and set out precautionary measures for South Africa to combat the spread of COVID-19 – better known as the Coronavirus.2020/06/22 10:00:00 PM
Eight tips for engaging your customer base during lockdownhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/eight-tips-for-engaging-your-customer-base-during-lockdownEight tips for engaging your customer base during lockdownAs South Africa’s national lockdown is extended in a continued effort by Government to curb the spread of COVID-19, many businesses are affected, as operations across industries remain on pause. Rather than fearing the changes that the lockdown brings, you could embrace it as an opportunity to adopt creative ways to stay engaged with your customers and clients in order to keep top of mind, maintain brand visibility and build credibility.
Five ways to adapt your marketing strategy amid COVID-19https://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/five-ways-to-adapt-your-marketing-strategy-amid-covid-19Five ways to adapt your marketing strategy amid COVID-1924 May 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent national lockdown has sent many businesses into a spin, with some retreating their marketing efforts completely as a result. However, as tempting as it may be to bury your head in the sand during this uncertain time, it’s important to remember the old adage: “When times are good, you should advertise. When times are bad, you must advertise”.2020/06/28 10:00:00 PM
Prioritising workplace wellbeing amid COVID-19 uncertaintyhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/prioritising-workplace-wellbeing-amid-covid-19-uncertaintyPrioritising workplace wellbeing amid COVID-19 uncertainty17 May 2020: The continued global spread of COVID-19 is affecting people in a variety of different ways, with many feeling a heightened sense of anxiety and uncertainty. Confirming this to be the case locally, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) recently noted a spike in calls since the start of lockdown from people feeling anxious, lonely, worried and depressed.2020/06/28 10:00:00 PM
Seven ways to innovate and increase business resiliencehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/seven-ways-to-innovate-and-increase-business-resilienceSeven ways to innovate and increase business resilienceWhile many businesses have activated work-from-home (WFH) policies to ensure business continuity during the national Covid-19 lockdown, some people may struggle to achieve the same level of productivity away from the office. 2020/06/28 10:00:00 PM
Six tips for getting debtors to pay during COVID-19https://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/six-tips-for-getting-debtors-to-pay-during-covid-19Six tips for getting debtors to pay during COVID-1931 May 2020: Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit, cash flow and late payments were among the top concerns for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa. Today, however, insufficient cash-flow as a result of the COVID-19 national lockdown and late or no payments from customers is putting businesses under significant pressure.2020/06/28 10:00:00 PM
What business activity is Level-4-permittedhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/what-business-activity-is-level-4-permittedWhat business activity is Level-4-permittedSince Government began the gradual reopening of the South African economy under level 4 of the COVID-19 lockdown last week, there has been some confusion around which businesses are allowed to resume trading.2020/06/28 10:00:00 PM
Has COVID-19 trigged a reinvention of SME financing?https://www.businesspartners.africa/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/money-and-finance/has-covid-19-trigged-a-reinvention-of-sme-financingHas COVID-19 trigged a reinvention of SME financing?While financing solutions for small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) have typically been geared towards providing growth capital for business expansion, the COVID-19 crisis has elicited a rapid shift of focus to the provision of relief finance – which requires a very different approach. In a sense, COVID-19 has therefore driven financiers to radically reinvent their approach to SME funding.2020/08/26 10:00:00 PM
5 ways to add supplementary revenue streams to your businesshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/5-ways-to-add-supplementary-revenue-streams-to-your-business5 ways to add supplementary revenue streams to your businessOne thing that the COVID-19 crisis has definitely taught business owners, is that the diversification of revenue streams is crucial to long-term commercial sustainability. This is because, by never relying solely on one product, market or service, the risk of failure is spread and thus reduced significantly. After all, you never know when one of these streams will suddenly stop flowing – or be blocked – amid a new iteration of lockdown regulations.
Five ways SMEs can save this savings monthhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/five-ways-smes-can-save-this-savings-monthFive ways SMEs can save this savings monthGenerally speaking, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have two options when it comes to bolstering business profits – either increase sales or cut back on costs. While more effort is usually applied to the first option for obvious commercial reasons, the reality is that sales can be heavily impacted by external forces – as we’ve seen recently with the national COVID-19 lockdown.
How to prepare your business for a phased lockdown lifthttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/how-to-prepare-your-business-for-a-phased-lockdown-liftHow to prepare your business for a phased lockdown liftIn Tuesday’s address of the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa hinted at a phased re-opening of business activity, in a continued attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19 as the economy is brought back to life.
Seven tips to be maximise productivity while working from homehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/seven-tips-to-be-maximise-productivity-while-working-from-homeSeven tips to be maximise productivity while working from homeWhile many businesses have activated work-from-home (WFH) policies to ensure business continuity during the national Covid-19 lockdown, some people may struggle to achieve the same level of productivity away from the office.
Steps for employers when employees fall ill with COVID-19https://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/steps-for-employers-when-employees-fall-ill-with-covid-19Steps for employers when employees fall ill with COVID-19With the rising numbers of positive COVID-19 cases growing in South Africa, and return-to-work activities ramping up as lockdown restrictions ease, the chances of employees contracting COVID-19 is on the increase, and employers need to be prepared for this occurrence.
Three ways to maintain a positive company culture in the new normalhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/three-ways-to-maintain-a-positive-company-culture-in-the-new-normalThree ways to maintain a positive company culture in the new normalIn keeping with social distancing guidelines, working from home (WFH) has become the new reality for many South African office workers. While this is a necessary measure for businesses to take in combatting the spread of COVID-19, it can impact company culture.
Tips for supporting SA’s superwomen in the workplace https://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/tips-for-supporting-sa’s-superwomen-in-the-workplaceTips for supporting SA’s superwomen in the workplace The latest announcement by President Ramaphosa that most grades in public schools were closing again for a full month to curb the spread of COVID-19 comes additional responsibilities for families. While school closures should – in theory – impact all working parents equally, international research from UNICEF has shown this to be unlikely, with women said to carry out on average three times the amount of unpaid care and domestic work of men.
Tips to optimise customer service through techhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/covid-19-resources/tips-to-optimise-customer-service-through-techTips to optimise customer service through techDespite more businesses reopening since South Africa moved to alert Level 2 of the national lockdown on 17 August 2020, the country is by no means back to its “pre-COVID normal”, as people are still being encouraged to stay at home if they can and, if possible, to continue working from home.
A turbulent voyage of recovery ahead for SA tourismhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/media-centre/media-releases/a-turbulent-voyage-of-recovery-ahead-for-sa-tourismA turbulent voyage of recovery ahead for SA tourismSouth African tourism, arguably the hardest hit sector in an economy reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic, will probably only return to its pre-Covid-19 levels in 2022, says Anton Roelofse, regional general manager at Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS).2020/09/15 10:00:00 PM
Seven ways to innovate and increase business resiliencehttps://www.businesspartners.africa/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/seven-ways-to-innovate-and-increase-business-resilienceSeven ways to innovate and increase business resilienceThe COVID-19 pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on businesses around the world, as increasingly more countries go into lockdown, forcing many non-essential industries into an abrupt standstill. For impacted small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), one way to survive this challenging period is by taking quick and innovative action to future-proof operations.2020/07/21 10:00:00 PM
Business Partners Ltd ready to take applications for the Rupert Funding by the end of the week.https://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/media-centre/media-releases/south-africa/business-partners-ltd-ready-to-take-applications-for-the-rupert-funding-by-the-end-of-the-weekBusiness Partners Ltd ready to take applications for the Rupert Funding by the end of the week.The disruption brought on by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has left many small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) across the world uncertain about their future. Couple this with a low growth environment, South Africa entering a technical recession, and the country’s ratings downgrade to sub-investment grade by Moody’s on Friday, local SMEs have been dealt a particularly bad hand.2020/03/28 10:00:00 PM
Business Partners Limited statementhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/media-centre/media-releases/south-africa/business-partners-limited-statementBusiness Partners Limited statementBusiness Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS) notes and welcomes all comments and statements shared as part of the national dialogue around the R1 billion funding from the Rupert Family and Remgro Limited. The company would like to stress, that the money made available for small and medium enterprise (SME) support by the Rupert Family and Remgro is in fact a donation. It would also like to reiterate that the administration of these funds are subject to certain criteria. These criteria have been specifically designed in order to sustain the Fund in the long-term. The objective is to administer the donation in a way that will retain capital in the trust after the COVID-19 crisis. The company remains committed to share further details around the criteria, repayment terms and how to apply for the financial aid this week.2020/03/30 10:00:00 PM
Here’s how to apply for Covid-19 business fundinghttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/media-centre/media-releases/south-africa/here’s-how-to-apply-for-covid-19-business-fundingHere’s how to apply for Covid-19 business fundingPositioned to provide widespread and sustainable support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are financially impacted by COVID-19, the newly-established Sukuma Relief Programme comprises two distinct and separate relief offerings – one for formal sole proprietors and another for other business entities, namely close corporations, companies, and trusts.2020/04/02 10:00:00 PM
Nine tools for business owners to tackle the uncertainties of the Covid crisishttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/top-tips-and-blogs/nine-tools-for-business-owners-to-tackle-the-uncertainties-of-the-covid-crisisNine tools for business owners to tackle the uncertainties of the Covid crisisThe only certainty about the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis is that the world will be quite different once the pandemic and the different levels of lockdown pass - and that includes your town, your community, your industry and your business, says Jeremy Lang, regional general manager of Business Partners Limited.2020/05/11 10:00:00 PM
Positive outlook enables way out of crisis for restaurant grouphttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/success-stories/south-africa/positive-outlook-enables-way-out-of-crisis-for-restaurant-groupPositive outlook enables way out of crisis for restaurant groupThe Covid-19 lockdown started as a double blow for Reshan Myasur and his group of franchise outlets. Not only did it wipe out weeks of turnover of his family’s Steers, Fishaways, Milky Lane and Debonairs franchise outlets in Johannesburg, but it started at the worst possible time of the month.2020/09/15 10:00:00 PM