The trades and coronavirus

corona virus

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 post with examples about how the virus is affecting the trades.

We tried to update it every day initially, and will continue to do so less frequently, 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.

So if you see anything at all you think should be included, please tag us in on Twitter, Facebook or Insta, or email Lucy on

Tuesday 19th May

Sunday 17th May

Wednesday 13th May

Tuesday 12th May

Monday 11th May

Sunday 10th May

Monday 4th May

Friday 1st May

Tuesday 28th April

Monday 27th April

Friday 24th April

Thursday 23rd April

Wednesday 22nd April

Tuesday 21st April

Monday 20th April

Sunday 19th April

Saturday 18th April

Friday 17th April

Thursday 16th April

Wednesday 15th April

Tuesday 14th April

Easter weekend

Thursday 9th April

Wednesday 8th April

Tuesday 7th April

Monday 6th April

Sunday 5th April

Saturday 4th April

Friday 3rd April

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:

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.

Thursday 19th March