The coronavirus outbreak is going to have an impact on every single one of us, and the trades are no exception.
With that in mind, we decided to work together with Professional Builder, Professional Heating & Plumbing Installer and Professional Electrician, to publish this on-going post with examples about how the virus is affecting the trades.
We’ll try to update it every day with pictures and stories from our #TradesTalk community on social media, about what it is truly like trying to run a business as a tradesperson in these uncertain times. It isn’t going to be all doom-and-gloom (although there might be a bit!), but we’ll try to summarise the highs and the lows of the situation.
Are customers still calling? Can you get hold of stock? Are your out-of-school kids helping out? Let us know.We’ll also keep the post updated with any relevant news from manufacturers and suppliers.
When all this over and the coronavirus outbreak of 2020 is just a horrible memory, hopefully this post will serve as an interesting round-up of what it was like.
Thursday 2nd April
Wednesday 1st April
Tuesday 31st March
Monday 30th March
Sunday 29th March
Saturday 28th March
Friday 27th March
Thursday 26th March
Wednesday 25th March
Tuesday 24th March
Generous donation from R Vincent & Sons Ltd builders to Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Monday 23rd March
Ray Stafford, MD of Williams & Co, had this to say about the newly launched Trades Against The Virus scheme, which aims to use the UK’s network of builders’ merchants to help supply food banks.
There are some fantastic people in this country who run food banks which help some of the most vulnerable in society. However, they are already running out of food, and the current shortages at supermarkets are not helping.
If the country goes into lock-down, they are going to completely run out of food in hours. Let’s see what we can do to help.
I am asking every tradesman reading this post to look in their own store-cupboard and to donate anything that they can spare which is non-perishable, like tinned or dried food, and to ask their friends and neighbours to do the same.
I am working to recruit my fellow merchants to act as drop off points, and to guarantee onward shipment to local food banks. Take the food that you collect to participating merchants as soon as you can. Delay could be fatal.
Please share and spread this appeal. More merchants are joining this initiative on an hourly basis, so if you are not near to any of the locations above, please contact your local merchant and see if they are participating. I will also be contacting every merchant I know, but please try to recruit more to act as drop off points.
Lets beat this thing – get rummaging in your store cupboards!
Sunday 22nd March
Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/self-employed-to-access-full-pay-through-hmrc-through-this-crisis-self-employed-to-access-full-pay-through-hmrc-earnings-through-this-crisis
Saturday 21st March
Friday 20th March
Andrew O’Sullivan, tiler and reader of Professional Builder, contacted us to request that we champion social distancing above all else. He said:
Social distancing. Nothing else. Not how the trade will cope, not how will supplies get through – while important of course, now is not the time for saving business, it’s the time for saving lives or we will have no business to return to. Those of us who prioritise business over health are going to look extremely silly in a few weeks time. That’s what I’d like you to concentrate. The government aren’t getting through to many people, maybe you can.