The world as we know it has been thrown into disarray with schools closed, people working from home and everyone adjusting to a different life as the coronavirus pandemic continues its grip across the country.
We know that late payments are a massive factor for businesses across the country and that can have a knock effect on business operations. We’re currently operating 30% down on staffing levels due to self-isolation but those staff members who can work are doing more work, sometimes working 12-hour shifts to get through the workload.
How we’re helping each other during the pandemic
If, like us, you’ve been inspired by some of the fantastic feel good stories in the media recently – like the 99-year-old war veteran who walked 100 laps of his garden to raise more than £25m for the NHS – or the hundreds of thousands of people who have volunteered to help the NHS, we’re doing our bit too to serve the local community.
Now, more than ever, at APM Cleaning and Repair we’re pulling together as a team to provide support for our clients and the community. Where possible, we’re offering a lifeline for our vulnerable clients who are either in 12-week isolation or self-isolating due to a family member feeling unwell.
Fears of redundancy have been high amongst workers across the region, and beyond. We’re proud to say none of our staff has been made redundant during the COVID-19 crisis. Older team members or those with existing health conditions have been furloughed and we very much look forward to welcoming them back when it’s safe to do so.
Home deliveries and prescription drop offs
In addition to this, we’ve been reaching out to our valued customers whose homes we clean on a regular basis to see if we can help pick up their groceries or medicines. Our staff are already at work across the North East, from Whitley Bay and Wallsend to North Shields right up to Northumberland from morning until evening observing social distancing practices, so it made perfect sense for us to help our valued customers where we can during this difficult time, completely free of charge.
We still have clients from our infancy in 2005 and our staff members have formed a great working relationship with these clients over the years.
As the coronavirus pandemic has spread across the region, we want to thank our staff for their incredible hard work and commitment. Over the past few weeks their job has been very tough emotionally due to the passing of some of our long-term clients in Extra Care facilities as a result of the virus. We’re doing all we can to support each other during these difficult times.