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CORONA VIRUS
HOW UK COMPANIES
ARE FIGHTING BACK
David Reilly,
Let’s Learn Digital
ABOUT
DAVID
REILLY
20 years experience in digital marketing,
emerging technology and digital
transformation
Founder of Let’s Learn Digital, delivering
quality remote training and deliver yin digital
transformation, corporate innovation and
emerging technologies
Sector experience includes Financial
Services, Insurance, Payments, Utilities,
Retail and Automotive
2
OUR VISION
Provide training that inspires knowledge,
understanding and new thinking about how
technology might shape business in the future
PURPOSE
OF THIS
REPORT
These are very challenging times for
populations around the world, as the
coronavirus continues to spread. Numbers
of infections and fatalities are rising, cities
and even countries are shutting and many
people are being forced into isolation. But
amid all the worrying news, there have also
been reasons to find positive stories that
inspire hope
During times of fear and uncertainty, the
very best elements of human nature can
prevail, as is the case in these Coronavirus-
related positive business stories that we
have uncovered, demonstrating the power
of courage, vision and determination in
business to make a contribution even in the
most challenging circumstances
BREWDOG MAKES
HAND SANITISER
AMID UK
SHORTAGESUK independent brewer BrewDog has begun
making hand sanitiser at its distillery in
Aberdeenshire amid shortages driven by
coronavirus fears saying it would give away the
“punk sanitiser” for free to those that need it.
BrewDog’s founder, James Watt, announced “We
are determined to do everything we can to try and
help as many people as possible stay safe,” he
said.
The company said it was “working around the
clock on producing the first batch to have it
available for next week”, and the sanitiser will be
given away to local charities and the community
rather than sold.
It comes amid shortages of hand sanitiser, which
has been flagged as an important tool in
THE COVID
EMERGENCY
VENTILATOR
It took just three days to design but this devise
could dramatically ease the strain on NHS staff.
Dr Rhys Thomas, from Glangwili Hospital in
Carmarthen, was "desperately concerned" at the
lack of intensive care unit (ICU) ventilators to
deal with the expected influx of patients.
Along with engineering company CR Clark & Co
he created a machine that not only helps
patients to breath but cleans the room of viral
particles. It's simple and robust and specifically
designed to work against Covid virus in a
contagious environment," said Dr Thomas.
"Although it won't replace an ICU ventilator, the
majority of patients won't need intensive care if
they are treated with this ventilator first. The
machine will clean the room of viral particles
and only supply purified air to the patient. The
patient can self-care, releasing specialist nurses
for other duties
EX- FOOTBALLER MAKES
HOTELS AVAILABLE TO NHS
Gary Neville donates
hotel rooms to NHS
workers during
coronavirus
pandemic!
Ex-Man Utd, Gary Neville has shown
himself to be a man of real substance
and announced that two hotels he co-
owns with former Man United
teammate Ryan Giggs has made
available two hotels to NHS staff free
of charge.
Hotel Football and The Stock
Exchange, both in Manchester, will
remain fully staffed to offer
accommodation to health workers who
cannot live with their families due to
the coronavirus pandemic. 'The whole
of our industry needs to show
solidarity, not just for our staff in
these uncertain times but obviously
for those who need the
LVMH STARTS
PRODUCING
HAND SANITIZER
Louis Vuitton owner LVMH will use its perfume
production lines to start making hand sanitizers
to protect people against the coronavirus
outbreak. The luxury goods maker says it wants
to help tackle a nationwide shortage of the anti-
viral products across France.
"These gels will be delivered free of charge to the
health authorities," and LVMH will use the
production lines of its perfume and cosmetic
brands to produce large quantities of
hydroalcoholic gels from Monday
39 hospitals, as of March 2020 have been
delivered with products created in the perfume
factories, using containers from the group's
brands, such as the Maison Christian Dior Liquid
SENEGALESE INNOVATION
LAB IS HELPING UK DEVELOP
A 10-MINUTE CORONAVIRUS
TEST KIT
There might soon be a much
faster way to diagnose Covid-
19 thanks, in part, to an
inspired specialized facility in
Dakar, Senegal.
As part of its £46 million
coronavirus prevention and
research funding package, the
UK government has awarded a
£1 million grant to Mologic, a
British biotech firm, to
develop “point of need” test
kits that can diagnose Covid-
19 in 10 minutes.
Manufacturing of the test kits
will happen at DiaTropix, a
new custom-built facility for
epidemics-related innovation,
in Dakar, Senegal.
Manufacturing of the test kits,
expected to be a handheld
device, is has been slated for
June
FINTECHS DROP
TOOLS TO HELP
BANKS
Fintech Firms have
dropped tools to
provide immediate free
technology to help to
banks to help their
customers through the
most challenging
times. Many fintech
providers are
extending free,
discounted, or
accelerated deployment
offers to all financial
institutions to assist
with emergency help
INEOS IN TALKS
ON SUPPLYING
PRODUCTS TO
NHS HOSPITALS
FOR FREE
Ineos, UK chemicals firm
controlled by the billionaire
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is planning
to build two hand sanitiser
factories in just 10 days as
part of the effort to prevent
the spread of coronavirus.
The UK’s biggest private
company aims to produce a
million bottles of hand
sanitizer a month when the
plant is in operation, with
talks under way with the NHS
on supplying the products to
hospitals for free.
BRITISH VR FIRM
TO RETRAIN
15,000 NHS
WORKERS TO
COPE WITH
A British virtual learning start-up
plans to retrain more than 15,000
NHS nurses, doctors, cleaners and
porters over the next two weeks to
help them deal with an expected
deluge of coronavirus cases.
Virti, a Bristol-based virtual and
augmented reality firm said it was in
talks with NHS trusts in south-west
England to rapidly instruct medical
and support staff on how to protect
themselves from Covid-19.
The company has already trained
roughly 14,000 health workers in the
US and expects to train 50,000 more
over the next fortnight, having
"significantly" cut its prices for
healthcare providers during the
pandemic.
A LONDON GYM
CHAIN HAS
OFFERED UP A
SOLUTION TO
POTENTIAL NHS BED
SHORTAGES.
In London, 1Rebel has announced that it
will be offering gym spaces to the NHS for
extra beds if needed during the
coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this month, the government
ordered all gyms to close as part of its
measures to stop the spread of the
pandemic. 1Rebel co-founder James
Balfour has said that he believes the gyms
have space for up to 400 beds.
The offer comes as companies across the
country adapt their businesses to help
their communities. James commented: “We
estimate that, across our seven studios in
central London, we could make space for
300–400 beds.
“There are also extended changing
facilities, showers, and areas for IT
facilities, great lighting and even the fact
that we have sound systems – offering the
opportunity to play music – could lift
people’s spirits.
ANY FINALLY..SOME
INSPIRED STORIES
ARRIVAL OF
THE MEDICAL
BRIGADE
FROM CUBA TO
ITALY
As Italy’s death toll soars past
6,000, Cuba has sent medical
brigades to combat COVID-19.
Cuba has also deployed doctors
to Venezuela, Nicaragua,
Jamaica, Suriname and Grenada.
“The arrival of a medical brigade
from Cuba to Italy is pretty
historic.
This demonstrates inspirational
humanity where a leading
European nation accepts
support in the form of a medical
team from a small Caribbean
island and reflects Cuba’s deep
and long-lasting commitment
to humanitarian solidarity with
other countries.
SUMMARY FOR 2020
Companies across UK are making sweeping changes and taking brave
actions to their business models in a frantic effort to assist with the
response to the coronavirus outbreak
This should not sugar-coat the size of the challenge we all face right
now, many companies will face a struggle simply to stay afloat
This is early days but these are some inspired examples of
contributions which can be made to make a positive contribution,
limit the spread of the virus or treat sufferers
Thank you
Our digital innovation training courses:
https://www.letslearndigital.com/cours
es
Our Corporate Innovation training
https://www.letslearndigital.com/corporate-
innovation
Contact David Reilly
david@letslearndigital.com
07989 985922

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COVID 19 How Companies are fighting back

  • 1. CORONA VIRUS HOW UK COMPANIES ARE FIGHTING BACK David Reilly, Let’s Learn Digital
  • 2. ABOUT DAVID REILLY 20 years experience in digital marketing, emerging technology and digital transformation Founder of Let’s Learn Digital, delivering quality remote training and deliver yin digital transformation, corporate innovation and emerging technologies Sector experience includes Financial Services, Insurance, Payments, Utilities, Retail and Automotive 2
  • 3. OUR VISION Provide training that inspires knowledge, understanding and new thinking about how technology might shape business in the future
  • 4. PURPOSE OF THIS REPORT These are very challenging times for populations around the world, as the coronavirus continues to spread. Numbers of infections and fatalities are rising, cities and even countries are shutting and many people are being forced into isolation. But amid all the worrying news, there have also been reasons to find positive stories that inspire hope During times of fear and uncertainty, the very best elements of human nature can prevail, as is the case in these Coronavirus- related positive business stories that we have uncovered, demonstrating the power of courage, vision and determination in business to make a contribution even in the most challenging circumstances
  • 5. BREWDOG MAKES HAND SANITISER AMID UK SHORTAGESUK independent brewer BrewDog has begun making hand sanitiser at its distillery in Aberdeenshire amid shortages driven by coronavirus fears saying it would give away the “punk sanitiser” for free to those that need it. BrewDog’s founder, James Watt, announced “We are determined to do everything we can to try and help as many people as possible stay safe,” he said. The company said it was “working around the clock on producing the first batch to have it available for next week”, and the sanitiser will be given away to local charities and the community rather than sold. It comes amid shortages of hand sanitiser, which has been flagged as an important tool in
  • 6. THE COVID EMERGENCY VENTILATOR It took just three days to design but this devise could dramatically ease the strain on NHS staff. Dr Rhys Thomas, from Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen, was "desperately concerned" at the lack of intensive care unit (ICU) ventilators to deal with the expected influx of patients. Along with engineering company CR Clark & Co he created a machine that not only helps patients to breath but cleans the room of viral particles. It's simple and robust and specifically designed to work against Covid virus in a contagious environment," said Dr Thomas. "Although it won't replace an ICU ventilator, the majority of patients won't need intensive care if they are treated with this ventilator first. The machine will clean the room of viral particles and only supply purified air to the patient. The patient can self-care, releasing specialist nurses for other duties
  • 7. EX- FOOTBALLER MAKES HOTELS AVAILABLE TO NHS Gary Neville donates hotel rooms to NHS workers during coronavirus pandemic! Ex-Man Utd, Gary Neville has shown himself to be a man of real substance and announced that two hotels he co- owns with former Man United teammate Ryan Giggs has made available two hotels to NHS staff free of charge. Hotel Football and The Stock Exchange, both in Manchester, will remain fully staffed to offer accommodation to health workers who cannot live with their families due to the coronavirus pandemic. 'The whole of our industry needs to show solidarity, not just for our staff in these uncertain times but obviously for those who need the
  • 8. LVMH STARTS PRODUCING HAND SANITIZER Louis Vuitton owner LVMH will use its perfume production lines to start making hand sanitizers to protect people against the coronavirus outbreak. The luxury goods maker says it wants to help tackle a nationwide shortage of the anti- viral products across France. "These gels will be delivered free of charge to the health authorities," and LVMH will use the production lines of its perfume and cosmetic brands to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels from Monday 39 hospitals, as of March 2020 have been delivered with products created in the perfume factories, using containers from the group's brands, such as the Maison Christian Dior Liquid
  • 9. SENEGALESE INNOVATION LAB IS HELPING UK DEVELOP A 10-MINUTE CORONAVIRUS TEST KIT There might soon be a much faster way to diagnose Covid- 19 thanks, in part, to an inspired specialized facility in Dakar, Senegal. As part of its £46 million coronavirus prevention and research funding package, the UK government has awarded a £1 million grant to Mologic, a British biotech firm, to develop “point of need” test kits that can diagnose Covid- 19 in 10 minutes. Manufacturing of the test kits will happen at DiaTropix, a new custom-built facility for epidemics-related innovation, in Dakar, Senegal. Manufacturing of the test kits, expected to be a handheld device, is has been slated for June
  • 10. FINTECHS DROP TOOLS TO HELP BANKS Fintech Firms have dropped tools to provide immediate free technology to help to banks to help their customers through the most challenging times. Many fintech providers are extending free, discounted, or accelerated deployment offers to all financial institutions to assist with emergency help
  • 11. INEOS IN TALKS ON SUPPLYING PRODUCTS TO NHS HOSPITALS FOR FREE Ineos, UK chemicals firm controlled by the billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is planning to build two hand sanitiser factories in just 10 days as part of the effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The UK’s biggest private company aims to produce a million bottles of hand sanitizer a month when the plant is in operation, with talks under way with the NHS on supplying the products to hospitals for free.
  • 12. BRITISH VR FIRM TO RETRAIN 15,000 NHS WORKERS TO COPE WITH A British virtual learning start-up plans to retrain more than 15,000 NHS nurses, doctors, cleaners and porters over the next two weeks to help them deal with an expected deluge of coronavirus cases. Virti, a Bristol-based virtual and augmented reality firm said it was in talks with NHS trusts in south-west England to rapidly instruct medical and support staff on how to protect themselves from Covid-19. The company has already trained roughly 14,000 health workers in the US and expects to train 50,000 more over the next fortnight, having "significantly" cut its prices for healthcare providers during the pandemic.
  • 13. A LONDON GYM CHAIN HAS OFFERED UP A SOLUTION TO POTENTIAL NHS BED SHORTAGES. In London, 1Rebel has announced that it will be offering gym spaces to the NHS for extra beds if needed during the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, the government ordered all gyms to close as part of its measures to stop the spread of the pandemic. 1Rebel co-founder James Balfour has said that he believes the gyms have space for up to 400 beds. The offer comes as companies across the country adapt their businesses to help their communities. James commented: “We estimate that, across our seven studios in central London, we could make space for 300–400 beds. “There are also extended changing facilities, showers, and areas for IT facilities, great lighting and even the fact that we have sound systems – offering the opportunity to play music – could lift people’s spirits.
  • 15. ARRIVAL OF THE MEDICAL BRIGADE FROM CUBA TO ITALY As Italy’s death toll soars past 6,000, Cuba has sent medical brigades to combat COVID-19. Cuba has also deployed doctors to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Suriname and Grenada. “The arrival of a medical brigade from Cuba to Italy is pretty historic. This demonstrates inspirational humanity where a leading European nation accepts support in the form of a medical team from a small Caribbean island and reflects Cuba’s deep and long-lasting commitment to humanitarian solidarity with other countries.
  • 16. SUMMARY FOR 2020 Companies across UK are making sweeping changes and taking brave actions to their business models in a frantic effort to assist with the response to the coronavirus outbreak This should not sugar-coat the size of the challenge we all face right now, many companies will face a struggle simply to stay afloat This is early days but these are some inspired examples of contributions which can be made to make a positive contribution, limit the spread of the virus or treat sufferers
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