Hello and welcome to our first Glasgow City Innovation District blog. 

We are living through unprecedented circumstances – never before experienced in modern times!  Each of us fumbling for a new kind of “normal”.  Whilst these are challenging conditions for all of us, as the pandemic continues to touch almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives, Glasgow City Innovation District is committed to trying to help you navigate the myriad of information and advice coming out from our partners Glasgow City CouncilScottish EnterpriseGlasgow Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurial Scotland.  We are here to help and support you as best we can.

Woman working from home

Man speaking to a colleague via video chat

We are aware that the amount of information being provided can feel overwhelming and some companies are looking for specific advice.  As you can imagine, our partners have received an unprecedented number of enquiries since the start of lockdown. Meaning one to one advice may take longer than usual and the best point of call in the first instance is their websites.  However, a number of the larger accountancy and law practices have all provided Covid-19 summaries on the websites – so please go check these out: Ernst & YoungBurness Paul and Leyton UK.  To keep up with the latest government advice and information for businesses you can sign up to Find Business Support emails and visit the Find Business Support website for more information. 

Amongst all of the stress, there is much to be positive about.  Some recent success stories within the District include:

  • Trtl – a business start-up, supported by the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network are doing their bit for our selfless NHS heroes by donating £250,000 worth of compression socks to help nurses fight fatigue on the wards.
  • The University of Strathclyde is directly involved in the UK-wide response to the current emergency, much of the work in partnership with the NHS and Scottish and UK Governments.
  • Dxcover –were mentioned in the foreword of Technation HQ on UK Tech for a changing world.
  • Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board reached out to 3D printer owners through social media for assistance in printing visors – again for use by our NHS Heroes.

Mental Health

One thing we are also mindful of in the current times is looking after our Mental Health.  Intense staring at screens all day can be somewhat exhausting – so it is important that you give yourselves regular breaks throughout the day – including your daily dose of fresh air (if you are not self-isolating).  There is also a variety of online exercise and yoga classes that are well worth investigating.  Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  •  are offering workouts from Monday to Friday at 12.15 on their Instagram and Facebook
  • Merchant City Yoga has a number of online yoga meditation classes available.
  • Glasgow Life is streaming fitness classes, have easy-to-follow equipment-free routines and are providing general advice on maintaining a healthy body and mind.
  • Infinity Yoga Glasgow is doing a number of online yoga and pilates classes.

Switching off is important – as is keeping some form of routine to your day.  The University of Strathclyde has pulled together some information on wellbeing and working from home to help with this. 

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