A message from Matt Pullen, Managing Director British Gypsum, in relation to pandemic restrictions & product availability
5th January 2021 - 12:00
Yesterday evening the Prime Minister announced a new nationwide lockdown effective immediately in England. The lockdown is as a result of the rapidly increasing cases of the coronavirus and the urgent need to restrict the spread of the virus and adds to similar lockdowns already in place or announced for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
I am pleased to confirm that these changes will have no direct impact on our business. The governments of all UK nations specifically state that manufacturing and the construction sectors should continue to work and therefore operations across all our sites, remain fully open; to support the construction industry, provide protection for our customers’ and colleagues’ livelihoods, and play a vital part in the recovery of the UK economy.
In response to the identified new strain of Covid-19, we have again reviewed our rigorous hygiene and social distancing measures and further enhanced our Covid secure Site Operating Procedures for our mining, manufacturing and distribution operations that reflect the latest recommendations from Public Health England. All of our colleagues returning from the Christmas break are being inducted again in these Site Operating Procedures designed to continue to protect them and their families. Other colleagues that work in support of our manufacturing and distribution are working from home where possible, in line with government advice.
Our Customer Services team are taking orders to supply the requirements of our merchant, distributor and DIY/Trade customers, who in turn remain open and are continuing to supply construction sites and tradespeople working in people’s homes, across the UK. Working from home in most cases, our Customer Services team will be ready to accept distribution customer orders via all our usual platforms.
We have been and remain truly appreciative of your understanding, support and cooperation during these very challenging times. Please continue to look after yourselves, your families and those that continue to need support in your communities.
All of us at British Gypsum wish you a happier, healthier and more successful 2021.
Managing Director, British Gypsum