To help businesses recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK Government has launched a new £20m fund to stimulate productivity in the workplace.
Your business can now apply for grants between £1000-£3000 (and potentially up to £5000 on a case-by-case basis) via local growth hubs across England to put towards equipment, including video conferencing hardware and collaboration tools.
As reliance on these tools increases, now is the perfect time to upgrade ageing equipment or implement new solutions to help minimise face-to-face contact, maintain social distancing and continue to reach your customers and business partners.
This is a 100% Government funded initiative - so your new video conferencing system, meeting room or board room system could be completely free!
View the official Government documentation about the scheme. You can find your local growth hub and apply for funding at the LEP Growth Hub website. Recent research completed by Poly, a market leader in Video Conferencing solutions reveals that around 67% of workers have roles that require some form of collaboration. Furthermore, around 70% of employees are now working from home and the majority expect to continue working from home once the pandemic is over.
This creates a challenge for business recovery. How do we create an environment that supports those that need to collaborate when their co-collaborators are spread across different locations and work environments?
Video conferencing has proven itself a powerful tool for collaboration and day to day communication. It adds another layer of context into conversations, enhances the sense of connection, and combined with the right tools opens the way to productive collaborative activity.
94% of businesses that use video conferencing say it increases productivity (Wainhouse Research).
When collaborating, clear communication coupled with a straightforward process for the sharing of information and ideas is critical. As we move back into our offices, simple modifications to our meeting spaces will enable us to get the most from the video collaboration experience and help to stimulate productivity.
In-office or remote, when participants can be clearly seen and heard and are able to contribute and share content naturally, productivity increases and the potential for success improves. Solutions from technology providers such as Poly, Logitech, Mersive and Barco equip staff and video conferencing rooms with the razor-sharp image and crystal-clear sound quality required for productive activity.
Bring your own meeting (BYOM)For those that want to manage the meeting from their own laptop or device, Mersive Solstice or DisplayNote Launcher are fantastic additions to your video-enabled meeting spaces.
The solution works across all popular devices (laptop, mobile and tablet), activates the in-room peripherals, meaning you no longer have to use low-quality laptop cameras for either single user, or group meetings.
BYOM provides an agnostic approach to meetings. This means that you can use any device you like with your preferred conference tool and connect wirelessly to room cameras, speakerphones, and soundbars.