In with the new?

The latest lockdown announcement has brought fresh uncertainty for many, but all is not lost...

Figure pushing 2020 over a cliff and replacing it with 2021

In with the new?

Well, the turn of midnight on 31 December, 2020, didn’t bring a miraculous transformation and we’re not quite at the end of the COVID-19 road yet. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement of another national lockdown has come as a blow to all of us. However, hope appears to be on the horizon, at least, with the rapid roll out of two much-needed new vaccines.

We know that times will remain tough for many of our customers for potentially months to come, with uncertainty around when schools, colleges, leisure outlets, hotels, cafes, pubs, restaurants and beauty industry outlets will be able to reopen again. Meanwhile, we know that the rapid spread of the new variant of the coronavirus is placing new pressures on healthcare centres and social care providers, who are battling to keep their teams, and their users, safe.

Nevertheless, at Elliott’s we believe in focusing on solutions, not problems – no matter how big the challenges we face. To this end, we remain ready to support our customers in weathering the current storm, with everything from advice on COVID-secure operating, to the provision of reliable supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning chemicals that you can be confident are up to the task at hand.

So, for a little New Year’s inspiration, here’s a reminder of some of the most popular topics we’ve covered recently:

Pivoting your catering business to takeaway?

All is not lost if you own or run a sit-down food and drink outlet and can’t open your doors as normal. We’ve helped lots of customers turn to offering takeaway services which, for the majority, have proved very profitable and even added lucrative new arms to their businesses. Read our recent advice for outlets facing Tier 3 and other COVID-related restrictions for more details.

Schools in the spotlight

Schools and colleges are facing huge uncertainty, over when they will be able to open – with the potential that they may have to remain closed until at least after the February half term holiday – which is more than six weeks away. One thing that’s certain, though, is that – with schools identified as a key source of COVID transmission – keeping students, teachers and their families safe through robust hygiene practices will be more important than ever when students do return, and therefore being ready will be paramount. Our recent COVID-secure guide for schools provides insights on this.

Taking stock

Let’s not forget that many sectors are busier than ever, from manufacturing to essential supermarkets and shops. And no matter what industry or sector you’re in, it’s clear that operating in the most COVID-secure way possible will be essential to keeping the lights on and preventing any expensive gaps in productivity. Our Guide to Getting COVID-secure isn’t a bad place to start when it comes to sense-checking that you have everything in place.

And if that has whetted your appetite, our recent ‘Inspiration’ blog contains product ideas designed to help every sector rise to the challenge COVID represents.

To discuss your individual requirements so that we can help you come up with a bespoke solution, please call us on 01482 327580 or email us.

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