I thought it important to stop and “take a breath” and to reflect on what has been a challenging period for us all with the ongoing escalation of the Coronavirus pandemic. No matter how much planning we have put into our year, I think it is fair to say that none of us could have considered in our wildest imaginations the issues we collectively face; issues which are changing and challenging us all daily, impacting both our home and work lives.
From a work perspective, the UK Government are making some bold decisions to support the economy so we can operate with as much “normality” as possible, striving to support businesses and keep jobs intact. In very much the same vein, there are decisions that we, the UK leadership team will make, to ensure we do all we can to support our employees and their families along with our customers.
From an Altrad UK perspective, our priority is the health and welfare of all our employees and the preservation of an ongoing business, and we are liaising closely with all internal department heads and regional teams to ensure our people are protected, whilst also ensuring we support our customer base and keep our people in work.
We have a long way to go with this virus, the latest thinking is that this is at going to be a critical issue for at least a further four to six months in what are unprecedented circumstances. We will have to make some difficult decisions to counter its economic effects, but I can assure you, we will not knee jerk, nor panic and make any rash decisions.
We continue to prepare contingency plans within Altrad UK and with customers, it is highly likely that we all have to “take some pain” to support colleagues and the greater good, ultimately preserving jobs for the long term. A number of options are currently under review, as you can imagine they vary based on individual customer needs, these are being reviewed daily and potentially involve significant changes allowing us to continue to operate and with a greater degree of flexibility.
I have every confidence that we can come through this testing time together, and I would like to thank you all for your hard work, commitment and ongoing support – be vigilant, follow Government guidance, keep well and keep safe in what are exceptional circumstances in an exceptional time.