BEIS set up a number of business working groups to develop plans for going back to work (or in some cases continuing to work) while the coronavirus threat remains. The first six were outdoor work; leisure and wellbeing; non-food retail; office work and other non-customer-facing indoor work; factory and industry-based work; and distribution and logistics. A further five looking to the longer term will cover pubs and restaurants; non-essential retail; recreation and leisure; places of worship; and aviation.
AMDEA was asked to join the outdoor work group, to help create guidelines for safe working in households and customers’ premises. Having already collected information on what many of our members were doing to safeguard their customers and staff we were able to draft a comprehensive list of measures to send to BEIS. We subsequently objected to their inclusion of a suggestion that towels were somehow safer than hand dryers and this has now been removed.
We also raised the issue of credit insurance on behalf of members. Last week the Government announced that it would temporarily guarantee business-to-business transactions currently supported by Trade Credit Insurance – for more details please click on this link.