Expert wellbeing resources for the self-employed

How has Covid-19 affected UK small businesses?

Simply Business surveyed 3,700 small businesses and self-employed people across the UK for our Covid-19 SME Confidence Report. Our report reveals that the coronavirus lockdown has had a profound impact on small businesses across the UK, but signs of resilience and hope give reason for optimism about the future.

The impact of Covid-19 on wellbeing

The effects of the pandemic have been felt far and wide – yet few have been hit harder than small business owners. And this is having a huge impact on their wellbeing – our survey of 765 self-employed people reveals 82 per cent have suffered with poor mental health in the last 12 months.  

Insuring over 750,000 SMEs and landlords helps us understand the specific challenges behind this concerning data – from financial worries to dealing with stress.

Self-employed people are crucial to our economy, communities, and collective recovery. Put simply, it’s vital that we support their wellbeing.

That’s why we’re aiming to shine a light on this emerging wellbeing crisis, partnering with a range of experts to offer free tips and resources tailored to the self-employed.

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SME wellbeing – the facts…

From our survey of over 750 small business owners, we found…

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How has Covid-19 affected UK small businesses?

Simply Business surveyed 3,700 small businesses and self-employed people across the UK for our Covid-19 SME Confidence Report. Our report reveals that the coronavirus lockdown has had a profound impact on small businesses across the UK, but signs of resilience and hope give reason for optimism about the future.

Learn more

Partnering with mental 
health charity, Mind

Our people voted to partner with leading mental health charity, Mind – who work to ensure that everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

While mental health issues affect all parts of society, we know that certain groups are not only experiencing more mental health issues, but that they're  underrepresented in terms of the support available. This, doubled with the impact of the global pandemic, means we’re facing a national mental health crisis.



Mind is a leading campaigner on mental health and we’ve got the opportunity to make an impact on issues that affect so many people – including ourselves, our customers, and our wider communities.

 

Our partnership efforts will be focused on volunteering and sharing the incredible skills and honest lived experience of SBers, as well as fundraising efforts.

Expert support to help your wellbeing

From sleep specialists to clinical psychologists – we’ve teamed up with a range of experts to provide small business owners with free resources to support your wellbeing.

Expert support to help your wellbeing

From sleep specialists to clinical psychologists – we’ve teamed up with a range of experts to provide small business owners with free resources to support your wellbeing.

Partnering with mental 
health charity, Mind

Our people voted to partner with leading mental health charity, Mind – who work to ensure that everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

While mental health issues affect all parts of society, we know that certain groups are not only experiencing more mental health issues, but that they're  underrepresented in terms of the support available. This, doubled with the impact of the global pandemic, means we’re facing a national mental health crisis.



Mind is a leading campaigner on mental health and we’ve got the opportunity to make an impact on issues that affect so many people – including ourselves, our customers, and our wider communities.

 

Our partnership efforts will be focused on volunteering and sharing the incredible skills and honest lived experience of SBers, as well as fundraising efforts.


Meet our experts

From sleep specialists to clinical psychologists – we’ve teamed up with a range of experts to provide small business owners with free resources to support your wellbeing.

Dr Hazel Harrison

Dr Hazel Harrison, is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 10 years' professional experience in both the National Health Service (NHS) and private sector. Bringing psychology out of the clinics and into everyday life, Dr Harrison is also an award-winning presenter and writer for BBC Bitesize and BBC Teach.

Sanjay Verma, Hilding Anders Chief Sleep Officer

Sanjay Verma is the Chief Sleep Officer at Hilding Anders 
– one of the world’s leading luxury bedding and mattress groups. 
A passionate believer in the importance of sleep to maximise performance, Sanjay believes that by implementing a healthy sleep routine, individuals can boost their immunity and can help protect themselves against a whole host of viral infections. In his time at Hilding Anders, Sanjay has been integral to the brand’s work with the Swedish Olympic Team.

Kelly O’Neill, Simply Business Head of Wellbeing

Kelly O’Neill is Head of Wellbeing at Simply Business. She has 18 years’ experience in HR and is an active wellbeing and mental health campaigner and keynote speaker. Spearheading our employee initiative, Kelly’s work saw Simply Business win Gold in the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Awards 2020. Kelly is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

Meet our experts

From sleep specialists to clinical psychologists – we’ve teamed up with a range of experts to provide small business owners with free resources to support your wellbeing.

Dr Hazel Harrison

Dr Hazel Harrison, is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 10 years' professional experience in both the National Health Service (NHS) and private sector. Bringing psychology out of the clinics and into everyday life, Dr Harrison is also an award-winning presenter and writer for BBC Bitesize and BBC Teach.

Sanjay Verma, 
Hilding Anders Chief Sleep Officer

Sanjay Verma is the Chief Sleep Officer at Hilding Anders – one of the world’s leading luxury bedding and mattress groups. 
A passionate believer in the importance of sleep to maximise performance, Sanjay believes that by implementing a healthy sleep routine, individuals can boost their immunity and can help protect themselves against a whole host of viral infections. In his time at Hilding Anders, Sanjay has been integral to the brand’s work with the Swedish Olympic Team.

Kelly O’Neill, 
Simply Business Head of Wellbeing

Kelly O’Neill is Head of Wellbeing at Simply Business. She has 18 years’ experience in HR and is an active wellbeing and mental health campaigner and keynote speaker. Spearheading our employee initiative, Kelly’s work saw Simply Business win Gold in the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Awards 2020. Kelly is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

Expert wellbeing resources for the self-employed

The impact of Covid-19 on wellbeing

The effects of the pandemic have been felt far and wide – yet few have been hit harder than small business owners. And this is having a huge impact on their wellbeing – our survey of 765 self-employed people reveals 82 per cent have suffered with poor mental health in the last 12 months.  

Insuring over 750,000 SMEs and landlords helps us understand the specific challenges behind this concerning data – from financial worries to dealing with stress.

Self-employed people are crucial to our economy, communities, and collective recovery. Put simply, it’s vital that we support their wellbeing.

That’s why we’re aiming to shine a light on this emerging wellbeing crisis, partnering with a range of experts to offer free tips and resources tailored to the self-employed.

Read more

SME wellbeing – the facts…

From our survey of over 750 small business owners, we found…

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Expert tips 
to manage stress

According to our survey, 62 per cent of self-employed people have been affected by stress in the last 12 months. But there are things you can do to help manage stress – Clinical Psychologist Dr Hazel Harrison shares her practical advice.

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Expert tips 
to manage stress

According to our survey, 62 per cent of self-employed people have been affected by stress in the last 12 months. But there are things you can do to help manage stress – Clinical Psychologist Dr Hazel Harrison shares her practical advice.

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Selina Flavius founded Black Girl Finance in 2019 to offer financial coaching and increase access to financial services for underserved groups. Selina’s written about issues including the gender and ethnicity pay gaps and the racial wealth gap in The Guardian and FT Adviser. Selina launched the Black Girl Finance podcast last year and has just released her book ‘Black Girl Finance – Let's Talk Money’.

Selina Flavius, Black Girl Finance

Selina Flavius, 
Black Girl Finance

Selina Flavius founded Black Girl Finance in 2019 to offer financial coaching and increase access to financial services for underserved groups. Selina’s written about issues including the gender and ethnicity pay gaps and the racial wealth gap in The Guardian and FT Adviser. Selina launched the Black Girl Finance podcast last year and has just released her book ‘Black Girl Finance – Let's Talk Money’.

Looking for self-employed health insurance?

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With Simply Business you can build a single self employed health insurance policy combining valuable covers and services. Whether you want to be covered for stress support, physiotherapy, or in-patient hospital treatment, we've got the health cover to suit your needs.

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Check out our latest wellbeing news and articles from our award-winning Knowledge centre.

Covid-19 has had a negative impact on the mental health and wellbeing of 82 per cent of small business owners, according to new research from Simply Business.

New survey reveals mental health crisis looming among SME owners after Covid-19

Three in four tradespeople say Covid-19 has negatively impacted their mental health, according to new research from Simply Business.

76% of tradespeople say Covid-19 impacted their mental health

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Looking for self-employed health insurance?

With Simply Business you can build a single self employed health insurance policy combining valuable covers and services. Whether you want to be covered for stress support, physiotherapy, or in-patient hospital treatment, we've got the health cover to suit your needs.

Learn more

More from the Knowledge centre

Check out our latest wellbeing news and articles from our award-winning Knowledge centre.

Covid-19 has had a negative impact on the mental health and wellbeing of 82 per cent of small business owners, according to new research from Simply Business.

New survey reveals mental health crisis looming among SME owners after Covid-19

Three in four tradespeople say Covid-19 has negatively impacted their mental health, according to new research from Simply Business.

76% of tradespeople say Covid-19 impacted their mental health

Read more

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Sophie Bertrand has a BSc degree in Psychology, an MSc in Nutrition and Eating Disorders and is registered with the Association for Nutrition as a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr).

She believes that eating for health is important, but so is eating for enjoyment. Sophie’s Healthy Kitchen has plenty of resources and recipes for eating well.

Sophie Bertrand

Sophie Bertrand

Sophie Bertrand has a BSc degree in Psychology, an MSc in Nutrition and Eating Disorders and is registered with the Association for Nutrition as a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr).

She believes that eating for health is important, but so is eating for enjoyment. Sophie’s Healthy Kitchen has plenty of resources and recipes for eating well.

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Catriona Smith, Yoga Teacher

Catriona is a Vinyasa Yoga teacher based in Brighton. Her yoga teaching connects vinyasa flow and restorative yoga to create a balancing practice for body and mind. She's inspired by supporting busy people to explore how mindful breath and movement can help them beyond the yoga mat.

Catriona Smith, Yoga Teacher

Catriona is a Vinyasa Yoga teacher based in Brighton. Her yoga teaching connects vinyasa flow and restorative yoga to create a balancing practice for body and mind. She's inspired by supporting busy people to explore how mindful breath and movement can help them beyond the yoga mat.

Even before the pandemic, our research told us that the self-employed struggle to take a break from their work. But what’s the scale of the problem? Our latest report compiles our survey results on the wellbeing of small business owners.

Better for Business: a report into the wellbeing of small business owners

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Better for Business: a report into the wellbeing of small business owners

Even before the pandemic, our research told us that the self-employed struggle to take a break from their work. But what’s the scale of the problem? Our latest report compiles our survey results on the wellbeing of small business owners.

Read more