We're In This Together

on Monday, 06 April 2020. Posted in News

Emotions are fragile as we face the coronavirus pandemic head-on, here are a few thoughts from plants@work.
 
Don’t panic and keep calm 
It’s important for business owners and managers to show leadership. Set the tone and be the calm in the storm. Try to keep perspective and take time when making difficult decisions, ask for the opinion of those you trust.
 
Stay safe
Following the Prime Minister’s statement on the 23rd of March, the country has been asked to take additional and very significant measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Prime Minister has not asked all businesses to close, but focused on closing non-essential retail and leisure facilities. If your company is able to continue to operate and require your employees to come to work, it is vital that you and your staff follow the government’s advice. Employers have a statutory duty of care for people’s health and safety, to provide a safe place to work. 
 
Your staff is your talent
It’s not all about cutting costs; make sure your staff is assured about being protected. Your staff makes your business successful so focus on your key people.
 
Unfortunately, hard decisions will need to be made; follow this link to access the government’s Job Retention Scheme 
 
Also here is a link to some excellent pages
 
Communication is a MUST
Communicate with your staff
We are social animals, and our work has a huge social aspect. Don’t become a disconnected presence. Be clear about your specific policies, your future plans and day-to-day business. Do not just use your emails or phone. Talk to your staff directly, facetime your teams. Make time for your team to get together on-line to discuss problems they have during their working day. Consider also having some social on-line meetings as well.
 
Communicate with your customers
Make sure you communicate clearly and consistently with your customers. If you are open for business, make sure they know that and how to interact with your company.
 
Stay in touch with us
In this difficult time, we should support and help each other, therefore we already have a WhatsApp group dedicated to COVID-19 where you can discuss problems with other members in our industry. To be added to this group please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
We think that interior landscapers would benefit from talking to each other directly. p@w members are welcome to join on-line meetings every Friday between 1.00 and 1.30 pm – the length of the meeting can be extended if there are enough people and subjects to discuss. To join the weekly chat, ask This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the access code.
 
Support your Suppliers
By helping each other we can ensure that our industry will thrive again.
 
Pay your invoices on time
 
If your supplier still provides their service and if your company is financially secure and has storage space, consider ordering some plants and other items from your suppliers for future use.
 
Tap into resources provided by the government
The government has put together initiatives to support UK businesses
Have a look at the following pages:
  • https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
  • https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils-2/
  • https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils-2/for-businesses-and-advisors/
Social media
Use your social media presence to keep your customers up to date. Shout about plant benefits, talk about your successes.
 
If you don’t use social media, it may be time to start now.
 
Use social media to communicate your ability to help customers and any changes to your service.
 
And finally – social media is full of fake news about COVID-19 that make us more anxious. Don't fall for it!