As you will be aware, the UK Government has announced further steps in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
As a business, our utmost priority will be to minimise any risk to our staff, customers and business contacts and to reduce the risk of spread to the elderly and vulnerable members of our wider community.
The term being used for this is “social distancing” – effectively minimising unnecessary direct contact, no handshaking, using telephone instead of face to face meeting wherever possible, keeping at least a metre away from others and reducing unnecessary travel. These are all common-sense measures, combined with very regular and more intensive hand-washing designed to control the spread of the virus.
For now, we are operating business as usual, however we wanted to reassure you that we have business continuity measures in place, including staff workforce planning and remote working, should that become necessary.
We’ve already introduced some precautionary measures in order to reduce the risk of spread:
From Monday 16th March 2020, all non-essential business travel will cease. This relates to movement between our own offices as well as travel outside of the UK.
From Monday 16th March 2020, external suppliers/business partners have been unable to visit any of our sites without prior arrangement and permission from a Director / Head of Department. All business meetings are taking place via conference call/Skype.
As a business, we will continue to monitor this situation very closely and in line with Government guidelines. We will communicate any changes to our current measures as the need arises.
We thank you for your continued support and send good wishes for everyone to keep well at this most unusual time.