Online club launches to help businesses weather pandemic

By Anita Jaynes on 22 April, 2020

An online support club has been launched to help business owners navigate the lockdown and come out the other side with stronger enterprises.

The Cobra Club has been created by Andrew Hatcher – founder of Swindon Consultants, which provides help and support for business leaders – as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Operating on a subscription basis, the Cobra Club is online and offers a place to meet and network, as well as access to free support and advice from the other members.

Andrew Hatcher, Swindon Consultants

“The Cobra Club is my answer to helping everyone keep connected and keep business flowing during the pandemic crisis,” said Andrew. “I wanted to create an online community where people can access new opportunities in the digital world, learn new skills and support each other.”

The Cobra Club hosts daily events, including expert slots and workshops covering everything from HR and PR, to social media and wellbeing. Andrew himself hosts a daily business strategy hour, and Ed Williamson, from the Federation of Small Businesses, is also on hand to give support. Members can meet for one-to-ones, host their own digital events and refer business opportunities to each other. They can drop in and out at any time on weekdays, from 10am to 5pm.

“The Cobra Club gives all its members access to advice from specialists across a range of sectors,” added Andrew. “The members benefit from peer support and can participate in live business and social events. The club also offers a safe networking space and a way of combating isolation. I am delighted to say that business is already being done, with people referring opportunities to each other. It is proof that everything doesn’t have to stop just because we can’t currently meet face-to-face.”

Subscription for the Cobra Club is £10 per month, with a seven day free trial. Members are joining from Swindon, Royal Wootton Bassett and beyond, including Gloucestershire, Salisbury and as far afield as Hertfordshire. New members are joining almost daily. For more information, visit