As you might expect we have been paying close attention to Government announcements regarding business community and how the current COVID-19 situation affects our service and maintenance contractors that we employ on your behalf.
We recognised very early into this national crisis that we could not simply ‘switch off’ services for managed developments and as such have not furloughed any of our staff, we continue to work from our homes in a fully operational state to ensure that we can provide a service to our customers, in fact we are busier than ever with the many challenges that COVID -19 brings. Many of the services are essential and critical to the safety and running of buildings and must operate as normally as possible. We are of course talking of things like; lifts, automatic gates and barriers, access control, landlords electrical supplies, fire safety systems, emergency lighting, smoke controls, water treatments and water pumps, and cleaning to name just some. We have been in regular communication with many contractors to ensure that their services can be maintained and, where it has not been possible to do so, we have been writing directly to the affected developments.
Some contractors, particularly grounds maintenance contractors took the decision to furlough staff 3 weeks ago but now appear set to return to operations subject to putting in place appropriate measures to comply with social distancing. We have had discussions with a number of the large contractors emphasising that they must only do so where they can implement robust measures when travelling to site and handling machinery
We will continue to update through our website generally as things develop, however our team will continue writing to our clients with site specific information and, again, we would please encourage you to register your email address with us if you have not already done so to firstname.lastname@example.org to help us provide you with regular real-time updates
In the meantime, everyone at Speirs Gumley wishes our clients a Happy Easter Bank holiday and please stay at home and stay safe.