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31st March 2020

Additional £500m Fund Announced to Support More Welsh Firms

The Welsh Government has announced a new £500m fund to provide extra support to the Welsh economy, businesses and charities experiencing a sharp drop in trading as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Business News Wales spoke to the Economy Minister Ken Skates about the new fund, asking when and where can business access this…

30th March 2020

Students get set to support frontline NHS colleagues during virus crisis

Midwifery and paramedic students from Swansea University will be lending their support to frontline NHS colleagues in the fight to against the coronavirus pandemic. The entire third year of the University’s midwifery degree will be assisting qualified midwives as they look after women and their families at maternity units in health boards across south Wales….

30th March 2020

European Commission draws up plans to postpone MDR implementation

The European Commission has announced its intention to postpone the implementation of the new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) following the Coronavirus outbreak. The new regulation was due to come into force on 26th May this year but in light of the pandemic, and calls from trade bodies, the Commission has confirmed it is working on a…

30th March 2020

Automated Coronavirus symptom checker to go live

Inhealthcare has developed an automated symptom checker for the daily screening of thousands of people for signs of coronavirus before their routine outpatient appointments.  The system goes live this week. City Health Care Partnership (CHCP) receives around 1,000 patients every weekday at its clinics and typically arranges another 1,000 nurse visits in community settings. The…

30th March 2020

Dyson ventilators: MHRA and NHS clinicians involved throughout process

The new CoVent ventilator designed by Dyson and TTP had outside experts from Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the NHS involved throughout the design process. The UK government has placed an order for 10,000 ventilators from the company following its appeal to industry to manufacture more essential equipment in anticipation of a surge…

30th March 2020

Students step in to offer childcare to vital health workers

A group of Swansea University students have come up with a practical way of helping NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic. The Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) students have stepped in to offer emergency relief childcare to Swansea health workers. Medical student Abigail Lyndon founded the Swansea GEM Relief Childcare scheme which sees medical and physician…

30th March 2020

UK Pledges £544 Million to Find Coronavirus Vaccine

The UK government has pledged an additional £210 million of support to accelerate work to find a coronavirus vaccine, in an announcement following a virtual summit of G20 leaders. The UK has now pledged £544 million in total which makes it the biggest contributor to Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) – the international coalition…

30th March 2020

Urgent Call for People to Support the NHS, Retailers and Manufacturers

The coronavirus outbreak has sparked an urgent call for people to help essential services like the NHS and food retailers meet the intense demands upon them. Recruitment agencies have answered the call by working round the clock to find workers who can fill the gaps. Health boards across the Cardiff Capital Region are in urgent…

27th March 2020

COVID-19: Call for Rapid Sanitising Technology for Ambulances

Do you have an innovative or novel approach to get ambulances cleaner quicker to help combat Coronavirus? The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for rapid sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances to help in the national effort against Coronavirus and save lives. It can take up to…

25th March 2020

Covid-19 – Verde Corporate Finance: Understanding CBILS, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The below update is published by Craig Blackmore, Director of Verde Corporate Finance, part of the GS-Verde Group, to ensure business are aware of the latest measures being put in place by the Government to support small businesses.