Our statement regarding COVID-19
We know that many of our UK clients, colleagues and the wider business community are feeling concerned about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We would like to reassure you that our firms across the UK are taking these concerns extremely seriously. Our priority is the health of our staff and clients, and we are taking actions to help keep our workplace healthy, while maintaining our high levels of customer service.
This will be an uncertain time for businesses, and we will be distributing essential information to help you prepare and maintain operations during these coming weeks. From key advice on safeguarding business cashflow and accounts to details on how to access special Government funding and assurances outlined in the recent Budget.
The Government have not yet insisted people work from home given the relatively low numbers of cases in the UK. Therefore, our staff and Partners are maintaining their usual working pattern between the office and home each week.
We have invested heavily in our IT infrastructure, and our teams are able to work remotely from home with minimal interruption to their day-to-day activities or our ability as a business to provide support to you, should the need arise.
Some of the practical steps our firms have taken include:
- Postponing all external seminars and events;
- Encouraging staff to refrain from attending larger meetings and events;
- Allowing staff to work from home or remotely where necessary;
- Reducing face to face meetings and travel between offices;
- Taking advantage of the communication and video conference tools we already have in place, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams;
- Encouraging all to prevent the spread of disease by increasing hand washing, using hand sanitiser where available, and keeping work surfaces clean and hygienic.
The UK Government has indicated it anticipates the COVID-19 epidemic could take up to three months to reach peak levels. We are continuously monitoring the information issued by the Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO), and we have contingency plans in place if the virus escalates, to minimise the impact to our network of firms and to our clients.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any changes to our processes, and any recommendations we have to help you and your business minimise the impact of these challenging times.