Staff Coronavirus Update

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19th June 17:00

Good Afternoon,

It is with deep regret that I now have to inform everyone that Grant Haze London Ltd have now ceased to trade. The need to diversify the product range away from solely ironmongery has not been as successful as it has here at Grant Haze Ltd. Coupled with a significant downturn in business due to Covid-19 has resulted in significant losses for the company.  

After 19 years of trading, this is not a decision we have made lightly, but we feel it is in the best interest of our suppliers and shareholders to try and ensure a positive outcome for all.

We hope you join us in sending those affected your best wishes and the best of luck for the future.

Regards

Martin & Dave


19th June 13:00

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick one to let you know that we are having problems with our mobile network provider. It seems that we are unable to make or recieve calls to/from certain numbers. 

It has been going on for about 24 hours now so hopefully this will be resolved soon, but in the meantime, could you please use the office number if you need to get hold of anyone.

Thanks

Ross


29th May 18:00

Good evening

I trust that everyone is keeping well.  Just another little update for everyone to keep you all in the loop !  We have seen a steady increase in turnover over the last week with more sites opening their doors next week – and finally some building materials and not just all the covid welfare !!!  With this in mind we have started to increase the number of staff being asked to return but I would like to politely request that everyone monitors their phones and emails as this week Tracy has experienced some difficulty in getting hold of people to request their return.  We are doing our best to get people back as quickly as possible, whilst maintaining social distancing within the office so please continue to bear with us while we to work through this.

Thanks for your understanding everyone !

Regards

Martin & Dave


15th May 19:20

Good afternoon Everyone

I sincerely hope that everyone is still keeping well.  We had a little scare here at Southfleet this week with DJ’s son showing signs of the dreaded coronavirus, but after taking a test and self isolating, I am thrilled to be able to tell everyone that it was a false alarm and the results thankfully were negative for all members of his family !

The latest business update is that it is slowly starting to come back across the companies – I am pleased to say that we have re-opened the branches using a skeleton staff and we will continue to monitor this as the days and weeks progress.  Here at Southfleet we have received notification from customers that they will be re-opening their sites over the next 6 weeks so fingers crossed that when business starts to return to a somewhat “normal” state we can then start to bring more members of staff back as soon as possible.

I am sure that you are naturally concerned about the security of your jobs, and whilst I can’t guarantee anything at this point, I can assure you that I am working as hard as possible every minute of the day to ensure that the company bounces back as soon as possible and that everyone has a job to come back to.  I know that this will be of little consolation at this precise moment in time, but the Grant Haze group has been solid for years and I see no reason why that wont continue in the future.

Stay safe everyone and I will be in touch again soon.


30th April 20:00

Good evening everyone

I hope that you are all still keeping well and boredom hasn’t set in yet !

Over the last week have been contacted by a few customers confirming their intentions to return to work so we are taking the decision to re-open part of the business using a skeleton staff.  We have taken the time this week to restructure the offices and put some additional safety measures in place to ensure that every member of staff is protected as much as we possibly can.  Every member of staff returning to work will undergo a short health and safety induction to ensure they understand the new policies and procedures that we have put in place, which include a one way system around the offices and warehouses, desk dividers or additional spacing and restrictions on the use of the welfare facilities.

Sadly we are not yet in a position to have everyone back straight away, but rest assured that we are working hard to claw back the business to a level where by we can re-employ everyone.  In the meantime, we have carefully selected members of staff based on filling the roles currently required by the business, ensuring that we can maintain the social distancing and keep you safe.  Those staff will shortly be receiving letters inviting them back to work and confirming a start date.

Please do not panic if you have not received a letter inviting you back, I will of course contact you all personally when this time comes.  In the meantime, those staff will remain on furlough.

If anyone has any concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Tracy.

Stay safe everyone !

Many thanks

Dave


16th April 19:00

Good evening everyone

I trust you are all keeping well.  As promised I have spoken to Martin again today with regards to re-opening the company.

I'm sure, like me you weren't surprised to hear the government imposing a further 3 week lock down but sadly the construction industry has been advised to continue and in a lot of cases we have heard that they will be re-opening previously closed sites.  So with deep regret, we will be reopening the Southfleet office next week with a skeleton staff.  We will continue to monitor the output of the branches and advise again next week.

My first priority is and will always be the welfare of my staff which is why I wont insist on specific members of staff returning at this stage and I will ensure that social distancing is maintained to the highest level.  I would politely like to request that if you are happy to be considered for de-furlough that you contact Tracy by email within the next 48 hours.

You will be asked to complete a health declaration concerning Covid-19 only which will need to be submitted in order for a suitable risk assessment to be undertaken before being considered for returning to work.

I am sure you can appreciate that business will be slow over the next few weeks which is why we will try our best to accommodate a return back to full capacity.  If we have an overstated request to return, then I believe that the fairest option is to randomly select from each of the departments.

Please understand that there is no pressure for anyone that doesn’t feel comfortable to return as the company will continue to furlough you until a full return is more practical.

If you have any queries regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Wishing you all a safe evening.

Kind regards

Dave


9th April 17:45

Hi Everyone

I hope you have all been keeping well and hopefully you have had an opportunity to sit back and relax this last week or so and enjoy the sunshine for a change !

It has been very hit and miss this last week with news of some customers informing me that sites will remain closed for a further week.  A few however have indicated that they plan to review next week in line with the next government update regarding the lockdown.  With this in mind, Martin and I intend to have a catch up early part of next week regarding the current situation, with a view to updating everyone by the 5pm on the 16th regarding a possible return to work date.

I honestly feel at present that given that we appear to be just hitting the “peak”, it would not be appropriate to enforce a return too soon (although like me I am sure some of you are itching to get back to normality!).

Although the government have insisted that the construction industry remains open, at present, our supply chain is still very much non-existent, and the lack of open sites means very little ordering has been going on. Our biggest customers have told me that they will update me next week so it may be that we run a skeleton staff for the week commencing the 20th of April, with a view to running back at full capacity in early May.  This will of course only be if the news bulletins are more positive next week.

At this stage, I would politely like to request that if ANY member of staff, or your households, have suffered any potential symptoms of COVID-19  you inform Tracy next week so that we can be sure that we have the most up to date records.

On a brighter note, I would like to give a BIG shout out to DJ (Dave Morsley) who has been volunteering for the NHS during this pandemic – WELL DONE MATE, VERY PROUD OF YOU !!!

Look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Dave


27th March 11:10

Hi Everyone

A few people have been asking about what can and can’t be done whilst on furlough so below is the snapshot from the government website ….

Once you are on furlough you will not be able to work for your employer, but you can undertake training or volunteer subject to public health guidance, as long as you’re not:

-  making money for your employer

-  providing services to your employer

If workers are required to for example, complete training courses whilst they are furloughed, then they must be paid at least the NLW/NMW for the time spent training, even if this is more than the 80% of their wage that will be subsidised.

Any activities undertaken while on furlough must be in line with the latest Public Health guidance during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 Hope that helps !!!!


26th March 09:15

Don’t forget that you are entitled to temporarily cease your pension contributions during this financial difficulty.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS IS NOT A REQUEST TO CEASE THE MEMBERSHIP, this is just a reminder that this is an option to save a bit more of your hard earned money.

This will obviously mean that the company will stop paying contributions too but this CAN BE a temporary measure if you are potentially struggling financially.

I appreciate that the Smart Pensions guidelines state that as an employer we don’t have to accept your request to re-join but I would like to take this opportunity to inform everyone that, anyone that does cease their membership during this financial year, the company will 100% guarantee to reactivate their membership whenever they deem appropriate.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please don’t hesitate to contact Tracy.

Click here to download instructions on how to opt out


24th March 16:30

Please see below the latest memo from Martin and Dave...

Dear Employee

Temporary closure of business due to Coronavirus

Further to recent discussions, I am writing to inform you that, due to government instructions, it may become necessary for the Company to temporarily cease trading as usual in the near future.

If this happens we will explore all options to maintain you in employment and continue to pay as much of your normal wages as possible during this time. In particular, we intend to take part in the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which covers 80% of wages in most cases. We are also considering different ways to trade which might mean you can return to work.

Please bear with us in this time while we explore the options available to us.

I’d like to thank you for your work during these last difficult few weeks and to ask you to take care to follow the government’s advice on self-isolation.

In the meantime, should you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Stay well and look after yourself.

Yours sincerely

Martin & David

Directors


24th March 11:45

Further to the previous statement, I am sure many of you will have questions regarding today’s announcement regarding the temporary closure of the business so I will do my best to answer as many as possible, but if I miss anything please feel free to give me a call, text or email ……...

What does Furlough mean ?

A furlough is a temporary suspension or layoff from work, where the employee usually gets to return to their job when the furlough period has ended.

How long will this last ?

As this is a temporary measure, this will be reviewed on a week by week basis and the next update will be made to all staff on or before the 25th April 2020 so please check your emails, messages and this website on a regular basis.

Will I be paid ?

Under normal circumstances, a furlough employee is not paid, HOWEVER as this is an unprecedented time for everyone the government have kindly stepped in and offered to pay 80% of any staff’s wages (up to a cap of £2,500) that has been put on furlough.

What do I need to do to claim my 80%

As far as I am aware at present, you do not need to do anything.  The company will be pay the 80% and then will have to claim this money back through the Job Retention Scheme which is set to open shortly.

How does this affect my employment ?

During this time you are not allowed to work (either paid or unpaid) for anyone else and the terms and conditions of your contract remain in place.  You will still accrue your holiday entitlement as normal although further advice will be given as to whether the company will allow it to be carried over to next year.

If I wish to terminate my employment whilst on furlough what happens ?

Should you wish to terminate your employment at any point, the standard terms and conditions of your contract will apply although the directors may, at their discretion, chose to waiver your notice period.


24th March 10:20

Hi Everyone

You will have seen yesterday’s announcement from the government regarding the lockdown of “non essential” business. The definition of “essential” wasn’t very clear but our first priority is to ensure that our staff are safe and to maintain public health in-line with Government advice.

All of our staff and customers will play a critical role in keeping homes across the UK safe and secure so we are making the very difficult decision to scale back our business to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff.  We have processed the payroll until the end of this month and everyone will receive the full entitlement they are due.  We will be closing the branches this week and placing all staff on furlough from 1st April 2020 to ensure the security of their jobs during this difficult time.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly and we will review this on a daily basis, again in conjunction with the government guidelines.  If we are instructed to close sooner then we will follow the government guidelines and do so with immediate effect therefore please make sure that make the necessary preparations are made.  Please ensure that your emails either contain an “out of office” reply or that you speak to Ross about accessing them on your mobiles where possible.  We will continue to update our website and staff as soon as possible but please remember to keep checking the link I sent you last week for updates.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your understanding and if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Martin, David or myself.


23rd March 21:00

Following the announcement tonight by the government Dave and Martin will be having an emergency meeting in the morning. All staff who can attend work should attend as normal where further information will be given ASAP.


22nd March 19:00

Currently, there is no change to our current working position. We continue to work within government guidelines and follow the advise given by the government. As more changes or advisories are given we will update our position accordingly.


18th March 14:57

From this page you will be able to get all the latest up to date information and announcements from the Grant Haze Management team.
Please make sure you check in daily as all updates will now be posted on here when they occur.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Martin & David