Public Sector: Related Insights


FAQs: mobilising your charity during COVID-19

30 Jun 2020
Charities have been dealing with the impact of COVID-19 and considering how to move forward as we come out of lockdown. We take a look at some frequently asked questions for arts, faith-based charities, schools and universities.

Charities in the wake of COVID-19 - financial challenges and insolvency

24 Jun 2020
The pandemic has strained the fabric of society with its impacts felt across the full spectrum of charities across the sector. Charities are ready to embrace that challenge. Many can see an opportunity to make more difference, to more people, than ever before. But we must not lose sight of the fact that charities are stepping up to the plate against a backdrop of their own difficulties. Fundraising activities have been restricted and volunteers forced to shield.

Charities: getting back to business

15 Jun 2020
After three months of lockdown, thousands of non-essential shops and department stores have finally started to reopen and our high streets are slowly starting to come back to life.

In this article we explore what charity shops (an essential source of many charities' incomes) should be doing before and when reopening their doors, as well as looking at how the charity sector in general can be using digital to help recover from COVID-19. 

Local Authorities: the high street's white knight?

05 May 2020
The role of local authorities in the COVID-19 response has been unprecedented (as has been the financial support from central government) with almost every function affected in some way. Equally local authorities have been at the forefront of help for small businesses including retailers with financial assistance. As we look ahead and prepare for the recovery phase (and ultimately transformation) their role will only strengthen. This article looks at one element where a significant difference can be made in a local authority's economic development role harnessing their powers to drive forward the growth agenda.

Are you having a Big Night In tonight?

23 Apr 2020
Many of you will no doubt have welcomed the Chancellor's news earlier this month that charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak, and that the Government will match donations to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC's Big Night In fundraiser which takes place later this evening. So it is not all doom and gloom for the sector, we're so pleased to hear.

COVID-19: £750m funding for charity sector

09 Apr 2020
Like many areas, the charity sector is being highly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. In some good news the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced there will be £750m funding available for the sector.

This is a much needed boost for parts of the charities sector and we will be providing insights into the finer detail of the announcement over the coming week and how this support can be accessed.

COVID-19: update for charities

03 Apr 2020
This week has seen further measures announced by the Government to support business and individuals as the effects of the restrictions imposed start to be truly felt. In the charities sector, both individual charities and industry bodies are beginning to fully estimate the cost of the pandemic.

WBD's real estate team recognised at leading industry awards

04 Mar 2020
Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has been shortlisted for Real Estate Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2020. The firm was shortlisted for its work advising the South Tees Development Corporation on the acquisition and regeneration of the former steel works on Teesside from TATA Steel. A multi-disciplinary team, led by real estate partner John Booth, advised on real estate development, regeneration, environmental, corporate, tax and commercial issues. The project represented the first step towards the regeneration of the former steel work site that had been lying idle since its closure in 2015 at a cost of nearly 2,000 jobs.