Businesses across the country continue to be impacted by the unique and unprecedented challenges created by COVID-19, as guidance swiftly changes, and new legislation is hastily introduced.
For small-and-medium businesses, in particular, factors such as admin, ensuring compliance and maintaining employee wellbeing while home working all continue to grow in complexity.
All of these factors have led to the largest privately owned software provider in the UK, IRIS Software Group, banding together with the country’s business experts to create the upcoming IRIS Live event.
The free to attend, week-long virtual conference, taking place from 16-20 November, will be tailored to business leaders and those in the back office, helping them thrive in the next normal.
If you’re looking to gain valuable insights into what your responsibilities as a business leader will be over the next few months, look no further than IRIS Live.
Sessions to look out for at IRIS Live
Focusing on employee engagement and wellbeing at a time of crisis | 16 November | 09:00-10:00 | James Herbert
This new era of extensive remote working is undoubtedly difficult for a lot of people, creating a range of new engagement and wellbeing challenges.
Statistics such as 10 million UK workers could need mental health support post-COVID further emphasises the home working challenge that businesses need to address.
CEO & Founder of Hastee Pay, James Herbert, will be running an insightful session that will delve into how you can empower your employees to keep a productive, happy and safe workforce.
How to weather the storm | 16 November | 10:00-11:00 | Steve Cox FCCA, Rich Bishop and Carl Reader
Author & Small Business Champion Carl Reader and Regional Chair of FSB Rich Bishop explore the whirlwind of challenges that have faced businesses over the last few months.
From the flood of additional office admin to the choppy and unpredictable economic outlook, they’ll examine how utilising technology effectively can help prevent a few common downfalls, cementing your business and allowing you to weather the storm.
Payroll in the next normal | 20 November | 09:00-10:00 | Steve Cox FCCA and Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
The recent IRIS survey found that a third of payroll professionals are worried about the future of payroll and what’s coming next.
This comes as no surprise as the last few months have seen some of the biggest shakeups to the way UK businesses approach payroll.
To support, IRIS’ Chief Evangelist Steve Cox and The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) have teamed up to bring you the latest news and advice so you can have peace of mind.
In the session, CIPP will give you a heads-up about what is coming up, provide an update on what your current responsibilities are and prepare you for payroll year end, which is on the horizon.
Making online and cashless payments work for you | 19 November | 12:00-13:00 | Rich Bishop and Philip King
Join the session with the interim Small Business Commissioner Philip King and Regional Chair at FSB Rich Bishop as they explore how you can become a cashless business.
Before the pandemic, UK businesses were already seeing a move towards a cashless society. But now, as a result of COVID-19, it seems that paper notes and coins could be permanently wiped out.
This places an incredible amount of pressure on SMEs as it seems survival will be somewhat dependent on accepting primarily digital payments.
Is your business prepared to go cashless and ready to offer customers a range of seamless and secure payment options? Don’t worry – join the session for extensive support and guidance.
HR in the next normal | 18 November | 09:00-10:00 | Marie Walsh and Steve Cox FCCA
HR legislation and guidance has been changing rapidly during the pandemic, placing a huge amount of pressure on business leaders.
To support, Marie Walsh, Employment Lawyer & Director at Consilia Legal, will be hosting a session, in which she’ll bring you the latest news, guidance and considerations.
Throughout the session, Marie will also be delving into how you can ensure compliance with the latest health & safety regulations, the first steps to returning to work and what being COVID-secure actually means.
Register for IRIS Live now
With the markets’ best thought leaders speaking over five days, the only question remaining is how many sessions will you join?
You can click here to register for the conference and see the full agenda as we’ve got plenty more sessions planned than what we’ve highlighted here.
Also, keep an eye out as we’ll continue to announce more guest speakers in the coming weeks.