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                   Direct support Also providing direct support to the NHS, around 1,500 nursing and midwifery students, plus staff, from Middlesex University (MDX) are helping the NHS in the fight against coronavirus. MDX has also laser-cut 184 vi- sors for staff at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, and hopes soon to produce up to 7,000 a week for London healthcare workers, to protect their faces and eyes as they tackle the crisis. Livability, a disability charity, is also on the frontline at this difficult time as their key workers ensure the disabled people they support in care homes and communities keep safe and well. The charity has launched an appeal asking for donations, in- cluding to help them to fund PPE to protect their staff, volunteers and those they are caring for. Key workers Gatwick Airport are also donating to the coronavirus cause – having provided use of its long-stay car park as a drive-through testing cen- tre. Initially for use by NHS staff and invited key workers, the site is avail- able between 9-5 daily, on an ap- pointment-only basis. Another airport playing a key role is London City Airport – who in early April welcomed an RAF chinook test flight to check proce- dures, should direct air access to the newly-opened NHS Nightingale be required. The airport, despite tem- porarily suspending commercial operations, remains ready to sup- port the military and emergency services. Steven Reilly-Hii is senior media relations manager at LCCI For further information about LCCI’s support and services for London businesses, including guidance and a free webinar series to boost business resilience, visit  May 2020 Your business  5 Furlough extension Cwelcomed by business hancellor of the Excheq- Cliff edge uer Rishi Sunak (inset) an- Reacting to the news LCCI chief nounced in mid-April that executiveRichardBurgesaid:   the government’s furlough scheme would be extended by a further month i.e. to the end of June. This was a measure, said the government, that would keep millions of people in jobs and provide businesses with the certainty they needed. Announcing the extension – to be re- viewed monthly - the Chancellor spoke of the unprecedented actions the government had taken through an uncertain period to support jobs and businesses. He added: “It is vital for people’s livelihoods that the UK economy gets up and running again whenitissafetodoso,andIwill continue to review the scheme so it is supporting our recovery.” “Businesses thank the Chancel- lor for rapidly acting upon their call for funding clarity beyond May. A monthly review is also welcome but needs to be conducted in good time so that employers are not on a monthly cliff edge of redun- dancy consultation.” BCC director general Adam Marshall said: “This commonsense move will provide many with the support they need to protect livelihoods as lock- down continues.” He added that, with applications for the scheme opening shortly, and April’s payday fast ap- proaching, it was essential that pay- ments were made as soon as possible. Payments to firms in the scheme were reported to be coming through satisfactorily at the end of April.   Health assessments. Invest in your greatest asset. People.   A health assessment gives employees insight into their health and tools for positive change. Plus, they could help: J boost productivity J reduce absenteeism J empower and motivate J attract and retain talent Help your people make lasting changes to their health 0330 127 3495 assessments Lines are open 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 12.30pm Saturday. Closed Sunday and bank holidays. We may record or monitor our calls. Bupa health assessments are provided by Bupa Occupational Health Limited. Registered in England and Wales No. 631336. Registered office: 1 Angel Court, London EC2R 7HJ JAN20 CLI 00442     During the Covid-19 crisis we are urgently recruiting into the care sector. We need your help to provide care and save lives. If you can help, please register at Photo by Chris McAndrew (CC BY 3.0) 

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