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Following on from the success and positive comments of last Monday’s live video call, we’ve decided to hold these every Monday at 8.00pm GMT, but more importantly, this isn’t just for NABAS members or GO International customers. It’s for everybody in our industry, so that includes all Manufacturers, Wholesalers, Retailers and Decorators.
Reading your posts and answering emails, PM’s and calls, my challenge is how do I protect you? how do I support you? how do I give you advice and guidance that is fair yet takes your very survival into account? And yes, I do mean your life as well as your business. We can, and will rebuild businesses once this ends.
On Thursday March 26th, our government stated and I quote “With the exception of some non-essential shops and public venues, we are not asking any other businesses to close – indeed it is important for business to carry on”. This is obviously where the confusion and misinterpretation and self-serving spin on fact is coming from.
As I’m seeing, many of you will cherry pick the bits that work for you, but know this my recommendations (and they are recommendations), are not based on knee jerk reactions, sensationalism or self-promotion, but from information ascertained from the government, approved trade bodies and medical advice, not just from the UK, but from around the world. It will not be based on media sensationalism or pressures put on me by others.
So, let’s take away the spin. This is about DISTANCING and preventing contact with others, and to a degree this is already showing signs of working. As of today, Imperial College London statisticians believe the UK is now on course for about 5,700 deaths, far lower than originally predicted, due to social distancing measures. So now really isn’t time to take unnecessary risks.
So, unless you are using approved couriers to collect and deliver orders for you (which I believe may also stop soon), I cannot support independent business owners jumping in their cars and making what they believe are “Contactless Deliveries”, or indeed support collections from your home. It simply isn’t worth the risk.
If tempted, please sit down with a pen and paper and write a risk assessment looking for all the things that Could Go Wrong which may result in direct contact with another, for example: An incident involving your car. Accidentally bumping into someone or touching something as you focus on placing your delivery on the door step. The door opening and a frustrated child escapes from the front door shouting “Freedom” and wraps their arms around you. You get the point right.
Once this is completed, if you still believe you have no part to play in reducing the spread and ultimately preventing deaths, please let me know how you’ve convinced yourself that not only are you invincible but also incapable of passing on this killer airborne disease?
Don’t Be The Problem Be Part Of The Solution!
Chairman of NABAS.