30 MAR 2020


The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has launched a new online webinar series to help its members and the wider industry through the coronavirus crisis. 

Hosted by ACE chief executive Hannah Vickers, Navigating COVID-19 covers the major issues currently facing the industry including finance, people, communications and procurement. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask virtual questions to the panel of experts on specific announcements, such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. 

Darrell Matthews, director of membership at ACE, said: “We’re delighted with the response to our new webinar series. With episodes focusing on SMEs, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, wider HR issues and communication, we’ve tried to cover all the bases and provide the help needed for our members and the wider industry to see through these difficult times.”

The webinars are open to anyone with an interest in the topics covered, members or non-members alike, and people can sign-up now to the following webinars over the coming days and weeks:

Support for your SME and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (31.03.20, 1.30pm)

Brian Berry of the Federation of Master Builders explores what the crisis means for SMEs. Joanna Lewis, partner at Beale & Co explores the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in more detail, and special guest Fergus Harradence, BEIS, is on hand to help answer any questions.

Procurement (02.04.20, 12.00pm)

Sam Ulyatt and John Welch of Crown Commercial Service, part of the Cabinet Office, explore the recent procurement policy notices and what they mean for the construction sector. Alasdair Reisner of CECA joins to explore how contractors can support the supply chain during the crisis. 

People in a Pandemic (07.04.20, 12.00pm)

Exploring the HR and people issues raised by the crisis such as remote working, staff morale and more. Panellists tbc soon.

Communicating in a Crisis (09.04.20, 1.30pm)

With special guest Andy Walker, editor of Infrastructure Intelligence, this webinar explores the steps you need to take to communicate effectively externally, internally and with stakeholders and clients. Stuart Young, BEIS joins us to help answer any questions.

Find out more and replay previous episodes here.

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