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If every cloud has a silver lining, then every global pandemic virus has got to have its perks… right? We’ve seen dolphins re-appearing in Venice’s canals, coal consumption cuts in China bringing the return of blue sky for the first time in decades, and the aviation industry, which normally contributes 72% of the world’s carbon emissions grinding to a halt. Sure, times are tough, but sometimes it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate how green the grass is when the glass is half full. Whilst the virus is forcing physical separation, it’s important to remember to stay connected to others and ourselves. Be it for business, fitness, cocktail hour or movie nights, in this month’s PULSE we’re giving you the lowdown on how to stay connected to the people and things you love whilst in isolation.

BUSINESS – Business of Brand

“And so the story begins, chapter one, a new era has arrived. Can we understand the growth opportunities, how to grow with them and be a leader for your industry?” Ready to show courage in the face of adversity, Business of Brand (or BoB) are changing the way modern business operates. BoB’s ‘The New Era is here’ webinar program is here to guide you and your business through this time of rapid change. Featuring sessions on topics ranging from “The economic landscape – what’s happening and what you need to know” to “Preparing your business for 2031” BoB are ready to help you and your business find a way to stay profitable and make a positive impact in the world. You can access their full webinar program via their facebook page here.

PLEASURE – Cornelius Cheesemongers and Brooklyn Boy Bagels

Umm… did someone say same day cheese delivery? For those times that Uber Eats just doesn’t cut the mustard, and you know that really all you need is a big hunk of brie. Delivering unique cheeses straight to your door, Cornelius Cheesemongers search the world to find amazing, artisan, farmhouse and handmade cheese from passionate cheesemakers. Visit their website to join the cheese-y mailing list, be kept up to date with the latest fromage on offer and check out their truly spectacular Cheese Towers! Over at Brooklyn Boy Bagels the ovens are working overtime. Browse the website for fresh baked and freezable delights – including vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free options – home delivered.

PLAY – House Party

House Party is a face to face social network where you can chat, play games and reconnect with friends and family. Designed to make “togetherness as easy as showing up”, House Party alerts you when your friends are “in the house” so you join in on the party. Meet new friends, catch up with loved ones, play silly games and laugh on the app that claims to be “the next best thing after real life”.

FITNESS – Virtual Playground by Fitness Playground

With small beginnings as a local boot camp, in six years Fitness Playground now have five gyms, 100’s of staff and 1000’s of members. On Monday due to new restrictions, all five of their gyms were closed. Never shy of a challenge, Fitness Playground closed their doors but not their business. They launched Virtual Playground – an entirely virtual gym where members can access live classes, masterclasses, workshop and workouts from home – just 48 hours after the closures. If you’re keen to find out more, check out the Fitness Playground’s Instagram page where they are live streaming a variety of classes 2-3 times a day.

RELAXATION – Headspace 

Launched in 2010, Headspace has become one of the world’s favourite apps, offering easy, step by step guided meditations accessible any time via your phone. Using the Headspace app, you can experience the benefits of meditation anytime, anywhere. Recognising how stressful this period of unknown can be, Headspace is offering a series of free meditations online to help you weather the storm and find some space and kindness for yourself and those around you.

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