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The Match

Connecting skilled furloughed professionals with the businesses who need them. Interested in requesting or offering support? Sign up here

What is The Match?

by Sarah Henderson

Small creative businesses, who are the lifeblood of East London, are struggling for survival in the current crisis.

Meanwhile, skilled furloughed professionals are finding themselves with spare time and skills to share.

COVID-19 has created a skills gap. We fill it.

We match skilled professionals with the small businesses who need them. From business strategy to branding, The Match offers practical support in dealing with the issues small businesses face.


If you’re a skilled professional interested in volunteering…
  • You can choose to volunteer from 1 hour
  • Create a positive impact in an innovative way
  • Develop your talents and experience
If you’re a business…
  • You can access expert support across key areas of your business
  • Build your resilience, capacity, and strategy
  • All for free!

Interested? Or know someone who might be? Sign up and share this.

** UPDATE – As of 18th August 2020, we are no longer able to accept new sign-ups from businesses seeking support. This is to allow us to focus on supporting a number of businesses who are still on our waiting list. We still warmly welcome sign-ups from volunteers (furloughed or otherwise). Businesses seeking support can also sign up to Echo to access free peer-support via our skill-sharing platform. Thanks for your understanding! **