ClearlySo and clients open for business and providing support during COVID-19
ClearlySo responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, releasing an official statement and sharing positive steps its clients are taking to provide support during these challenging times.
London, United Kingdom – ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, has been fully operational with remote working for the past three weeks, in line with government advice. Raising capital for impactful enterprises and funds has never been more important than now during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To highlight the fantastic work of ClearlySo clients, below is a list of how some of them are responding:
|&Wider is collecting direct feedback from the world’s most vulnerable workers which will allow companies, supply chains and workers to more quickly bounce back during the post-coronavirus recovery.|
|Azoomee is offering 3 months of free kids’ games & TV shows for NHS staff.|
|With COVID-19 jolting the shift to remote learning that had already been gaining momentum, BibliU is offering 2 months of free access to textbooks, monographs or OERs with participating publishers|
|For educators facing school closures due to COVID-19, boclips has created a resource kit with tools, ideas, and inspiration for incorporating video in virtual learning. They are offering free access to their Boclips for Teachers platform until June 30, 2020, giving teachers a safe alternative to YouTube to share videos with students during this unprecedented time.|
|Bulbshare has published a blog exploring the impact of coronavirus on shopper behaviour and brands.|
|Charity Bank has launched a COVID-19 Resource Hub for Charities and Social Enterprises.|
|EasyPeasy is completely free until the 31st May for parents and families to help reduce interruption and learning delays during any prolonged closures.|
|Elemental has seen a significant uptake across all of the social prescribing projects that they work with and a justified shift in priorities for all of their customers around the UK and Republic of Ireland.|
|Fire Tech in partnership with Amazon is offering a free online course in Python Programming, using fourth industrial revolution themes. In this Amazon Future Engineer programme, students 12-17 learn to fly drones, build smart cities, create chatbots, and design video games. This is free to 5000 students. For more info see: https://amazon.firetechcamp.com/python/|
|GoBubble is keeping kids connected with each other and their teachers, while schools are closed, through their kid-safe social media platform. The company has seen a dramatic surge in new registrations over the past month and is offering parents discounted access.|
|Bristol vertical farm technology developer LettUs Grow is building two LED-based vertical farms to feed vulnerable communities in ten days
Indoor farming technology provider LettUs Grow is building two vertical farm modules in the UK to help feed vulnerable communities during the Covid-19 outbreak.LettUs Grow expects the first of the LED-based aeroponic vertical farm modules to be ready to start producing fresh produce from mid-April, with the first harvests ready to be delivered to FareShare just ten days after the farm’s commissioning. A second, larger module will be following in June.The farm’s operations are automated and run with only one person on site at any given time to allow social distancing of key workers and minimising strain on an already stretched farm labour force. The food is also produced in a high care environment with few people coming into contact with it. Once up and running, the farms will be able to provide a consistent, predictable and climate-resilient food supply to the local community all year round. A vertical farm is energy-intensive, and the company has a deal with supplier Octopus Energy to use energy from purely renewable wind and solar sources.
|UPDATED: Oddbox is now accepting new orders on a first come first serve basis. The team has worked tirelessly over the last few weeks to reopen to new orders, after unprecedented levels of demand. The reopening of its delivery service is limited to a certain number of new orders per week and a waiting list thereafter.|
|While pausing all in-home visits, onHand is offering shop-drops, medication pickups, errand running and befriending phone calls to those in need of support.|
|Redemption Roasters’ stores are closed, but their online shop offering home delivery remains open for business.|
|To aid home learning, all of Sumdog is now free before and during a school closure.|
|TalkLife has written a blog about managing anxiety in the time of coronavirus.|
|Thrive has published a blog around dealing with social distancing and remote working during the COVID-19 outbreak. Access to their mental wellbeing app is also being offered for free through the NHS apps library.|
|We Are Digital are offering remote training support for digital and financial inclusion training to help reduce social isolation.|
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Notes to the Editors
ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank, working exclusively with enterprises and funds delivering positive social, ethical, and/or environmental impact as well as financial return.
Originally founded in 2008, ClearlySo has helped more than 150 clients raise more than £260 million in impact investment from its extensive network of high-net-worth individual, family office and institutional investors.
ClearlySo is headquartered in London.
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