April 20, 2020
As part of our business continuity plan, we have re-opened our factory today on a much reduced operational basis. We have spent the last three weeks of shutdown putting extensive measures in place to ensure the safety of our staff and to enable them to maintain the 2 metre social distancing widely recommended to prevent the spread of the Covid 19 infection. In addition to this, we have a number of additional measures in place including full PPE, additional handwashing facilities and extra cleaning throughout the day.
In the first instance, we will be starting with a very small team who will be tasked with focusing on those projects customers have informed us are most urgent. Many of these were already part way through production when lockdown began. This is expected to take 2-3 weeks and then we plan to gradually scale up our production, whilst affording our staff the safest possible working environment.
The actions taken are in light of the guidance given by Government and industry trade bodies to ensure safe working whilst supporting the economic wellbeing of the business and the wider economy. The department for business energy and industrial strategy issued a letter to all construction companies from Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP stating “We know that for many people working in construction their job requires them to travel to their place of work, and they can continue to do so. This is consistent with the Chief Medical Officer’s advice.”
He went on to thank the construction industry ” Thank you again to everyone operating in the UK construction sector. You are making a hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our Nation and I salute you for the enormous efforts you are individually undertaking to support the UK economy.”