branded goods for outdoor enterntaining

Branded goods for outdoor entertaining

With lockdown restrictions easing and the warmer weather on its way, we’re all looking forward to the outdoor dining and socialising that’s scheduled to return on 12th April. Obviously social distancing rules need to be followed, but there’s no reason why you can’t combine keeping your diners and drinkers as safe as possible whilst still making sure your brand stands out.

Over the past year, the British public has become used to socialising outdoors. Most of us are quite happy to put on an extra jumper or fleece if it means we can spend more time with friends but we would like to be sheltered from unpredictable British weather! Now is the time to boost your brand and offer your customers warmth and protection to encourage them to book in advance and more importantly encourage them to stay for longer at your premises … plus showcasing your brand is always a good move!

Branded goods for outdoor entertaining white parasols

What’s more, the expectation that the excitement of being able to eat out with friends again will surely lead to an upsurge in selfies posted on social media channels. Imagine how great these images will look with your branding in the photos which in turn could increase your footfall once they have been viewed by hundreds of people who have liked and shared the post! It’s also a great photo opportunity for your website and social channels once your branded umbrellas, crowd divides and some nice outdoor heating is in situ.

Branded barriers / dividers

Barriers and dividers are a great way to direct traffic and keep customers distanced from each other. Our fabric barrier panels are mounted on steel frames, are discreet and stylish and give you the flexibility to easily move them to wherever you need them. So, as we leave lockdown and are allowed to socialise with more people, you can create designated areas according to your needs.

branded dividers for pubs and restaurants

Branded Gazebos

Whatever size of gazebo you need, we can brand them for you. Whether it’s a 3m x 3m version to provide a small table of diners with shelter from the wind and rain as they eat, or one that’s double the width for larger tables or to support an event with your company products on display , a gazebo will continue to be useful long after the pandemic is over. They are strong and sturdy, and are easy to put up, take down and store, so you’ll get great future value for money from them by putting them to use at festivals or parties, or just to shelter customers who enjoy being in the fresh air.

branded gazebos for open-air restaurants and pubs

Branded Parasols

Outdoor tables always benefit from parasols to shade your customers from the heat of the sun as well as giving them enough protection to stay where they are if there’s a mini shower! They offer the perfect opportunity for branding, whether you’re delivering a luxurious dining experience or a colourful and cheerful one. Having individual storm umbrellas available to lend to customers if it begins to rain and they’re not quite underneath the parasol is also a nice touch. This could make the difference between your diners going home early or staying on to order pudding and another drink.

branded parasol from Quills Group

Antimicrobial face masks

Create a good impression on your customers by providing employees with quality branded antimicrobial face masks. They are washable without losing their antimicrobial qualities and will help protect your staff from possible exposure to the viruses and bacteria. More attractive than disposable masks as well as being the more sustainable and responsible choice.

AeraMax Pro for Dental Surgeries

AeraMax® Pro 2 Air Purifier - Wall Mount

AeraMax® Pro 2 Air Purifier – Wall Mount

Air Quality

Air quality has always been a concern for dental surgeries, but during the pandemic it is a vital element in helping surgeries to open and operate safely. Ventilating treatment rooms through opening the windows can be effective, but in the winter months is not a practical or a pleasant option. Many surgeries get around this by installing air purifiers like the AeraMax Pro, which has the advantage of being fitted with High Efficiency Particulate Air or HEPA filters as they are more commonly known. The air purifier can be seamlessly integrated into the workplace and is key for rooms with no windows where it is not recommended to carry out applications which require the use of aerosol equipment.

Government guidelines are clear that ventilation reduces the possibility of aerosol transmission: “increasing the occupancy of a space increases the probability of airborne transmission by four-fold. Exposure risk may be further increased if distances between people are reduced to <2m.” Unsurprisingly, the recommendation is: “Ventilation should be integral to the COVID-19 risk mitigation strategy for all multi-occupant public buildings and workplaces.”

Dental surgeries are particularly at risk because, in addition to proximity, out of necessity, the procedures use high velocity air and water streams that create aerosol droplets leading to an even higher risk of respiratory transmission.

Post procedures that generate aerosols, the government has recommended that dental surgeries have a downtime of between 15 and 30 minutes depending on the amount of ventilation there is which affects how many air changes there are per hour (ACH). This will clearly have an impact on the number of patients a dental practice is able to treat and can cause a frustrating backlog of patients needing an appointment.

Air purifiers

Government guidance into COVID-19 infection prevention and control suggests that: “Recirculating air cleaning devices with HEPA filter systems or UV-C are likely to be effective,” concluding that the: “addition of recirculating air cleaning devices could enhance the effective air change rate. Devices should be correctly sized and the impacts on the room air flows considered. The effectiveness of air cleaning devices will depend on the flow rate of the device, the efficiency of air cleaning and the size of the room.”

AeraMax® Pro 3 Air Purifier - Wall Mount

AeraMax® Pro 3 Air Purifier – Wall Mount

HEPA filters are recommended because they can remove 99.97% of air pollutants, which includes germs, bacteria, allergens, pollen and mould. The AeraMax Pro range uses extra thick filters in a four-stage filtration process that includes an antimicrobial layer to trap bacteria and take it out of circulation.

In addition, the AeraMax has laser sensors which monitor the air quality, as well as sensors that not only detect when people are in the room but also how many people there are, using this information to automatically adjust its efficiency and increase ACH. As soon as anyone is in the room, the device adjusts the speed of the fans to improve circulation, and when the room is empty, it will go into sleep mode to save energy.

AeraMax® Pro 4 Air Purifier - Wall Mount

AeraMax® Pro 4 Air Purifier – Wall Mount

In cleaning particles from the air, purifiers have the additional advantage of reducing colds and flu, as well as the symptoms of sick building syndrome, all of which can potentially result in reduced productivity and staff absenteeism.

If opening windows is an impractical way of ventilating your dental surgery, opticians or healthcare practice, either because of the cold or proximity to a busy road, create a cleaner, safer, less noisy working environment by installing air purifiers.

For more information, to shop the Aeramax Pro range or receive a free quote, please click here. You can also get in touch at hello@quillsuk.co.uk or via live chat.

aeramax air purifier for corporate industry

Air Purifier – AeraMax Pro

An AeraMax Pro with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters can remove 99.97% of air pollutants which includes germs, bacteria, viruses, allergens, pollen and mould.

On average, we spend 90% of our time indoors within shared spaces like the workplace, schools, healthcare environments and many other public places. Even before the outbreak of Coronavirus, the quality of the air indoors was a worry for many, and with good reason – indoor air is estimated to be around five times more polluted than outdoor air. This makes it imperative for companies to improve the air quality in order to protect the health of employees, teachers, students and visitors; especially in buildings with air conditioning and sealed windows.

Why AeraMax Pro Air Purifier?

We understand the need to use face masks during the pandemic to help block particles and quite frankly, the more layers the better! The AeraMax Pro has a four-stage filtration process which includes a carbon layer to capture and neutralise odours, and an antimicrobial layer that traps bacteria and fungi, therefore taking them out of circulation.

The Pro has extra thick filters, making it suitable for commercial environments. Intelligent sensors detect when and how many people are in the room and will adjust its efficiency accordingly. High grade laser sensors monitor the air quality as it enters and leaves the purifier.

When people are in the room, each unit will automatically adjust fan speeds to control the air quality. When the room is unoccupied, units will go into sleep mod

Air purifiers and COVID-19

The Coronavirus is an airborne virus transmitted on small particles which are inhaled, enabling it to spread. Researchers have discovered that it can linger in the atmosphere for up to three hours after emission. Government guidance focuses on the importance of ventilation in the fight against the coronavirus: “Ventilation should be integral to the COVID-19 risk mitigation strategy for all multi occupant public buildings and workplaces”. Recommending that companies: “take appropriate actions to improve ventilation and deal with health and comfort related consequences such as providing adequate heating.” In the winter months, it is clearly impractical to expect staff to work with the windows wide open which is why an air purifier like the AeraMax Pro is such a useful weapon in the fight against infection. However, it must be used alongside other hygiene measures such as social distancing, hand washing, antimicrobial surface coatings, protective sneeze screens etc.

Sick building syndrome

Inadequate ventilation may also lead to what is known as ‘sick building syndrome’ – a generic term which covers discomfort and the feeling of being unwell. People report symptoms such as throat irritation, nausea, headaches, mental fatigue, and dry skin. One of the possible causes, according to the HSE, is “air pollution including airborne organic matter”. An air purifier can help reduce the symptoms of sick building syndrome.

Aeramax pro air purifier in hospital

ROI

By improving the air quality of your business premises, you can improve productivity at the same time as reducing absenteeism. This has made the AeraMax Pro popular with organisations such as schools, healthcare facilities, dentists, vets, laboratories, as well as offices, shops, theme parks and gyms.

winter maintenance work

Are your premises ready for Winter?

With many office workers working from home, and with the Christmas break on its way, this is a great time to carry out minor repairs and maintenance work. At our repair service, Restoreo, we are a bit like BBC 1’s Repair Shop but we come to you to breathe new life into your damaged items.

When it comes to the exterior of your premises, it’s always a good idea to fix minor repairs before the arrival of the bad weather, as it is likely that wind, rain and freezing temperatures will aggravate scratches, dents and chips and turn them into bigger problems. It’s these bigger problems that may become more expensive and time consuming to fix. It’s always best to fix issues as soon as they arise rather than waiting for the problem to get bigger, when it’s more likely that you’ll need to replace rather than simply repair which is more cost effective, takes less time and is a more environmentally choice too…repair rather than replace.

Domestic or commercial – it can all be repaired

Doors and window frames – even UPVC can get damaged, but it is possible to repair minor scratches and chips increasing the lifespan of the material and avoiding having to replace the door or windows for longer. Choosing to repair will also be the cost effective and a faster solution too as there will be no measuring to do or waiting for custom parts to be made and delivered.

Sinks and baths – chips and scratches to ceramic sinks and baths can be repaired, providing less disruption and minimising the need to remove whole units which may cause even more damage to the surrounding area.  You’ll be amazed at the results that can be achieved.

Wood – whether it’s a worktop, floor, desk, door or bannisters, if it’s made of wood it will inevitably get chipped and scratched in time. Once again, the easy solution is a quick repair to stop the damage getting worse and minimise disruption that can’t be avoided when a whole area or item needs to be replaced.

Stone, granite, marble, quartz – damage to floors, worktops and exterior stonework not only spoils the look, it can also provide dirt with somewhere to hide making cleaning more difficult. When the damage is outside, you also run the risk of further deterioration because of frost and ice.

Bricks and sandstone – any damage to bricks and sandstone needs to be dealt with as soon as possible as the material is more likely to crumble and decay, especially on exterior surfaces. Colour matching is easy with our state of the art technology.

Paint – chipped paint doesn’t create a great first impression for clients or for your own properties curb appeal and it allows the elements to damage the wood or metal underneath.

We can Restoreo anything!

Our minor repairs services are carried out by specialist trained technicians from  Restoreo Repairs which is part of the Quills Group. With a combined 30 years of expertise,  Restoreo technicians have repaired a wide range of surfaces, such as wood, granite, stone, porcelain, ceramics, steel, glass and even UPVC, making them as good as new and increasing their lifespan.

When it comes to paint and respraying, technicians use laser colour matching to duplicate the original pigmentation, and will painstakingly paint the same surface patterns and designs to ensure the repair location blends in seamlessly with its surroundings. Click here to watch our expert technicians in action.

Antimicrobial surfacing

This year, Restoreo has understandably been busy with antimicrobial surface coating services. Make sure that any minor repairs you carry out are completed with antimicrobial protection, especially in commercial, educational and healthcare premises. An antimicrobial surface coating will kill 99.9% of bacteria within 24 hours. It has also been shown to kill 99.8% of TGEV-Coronavirus within eight hours. As it will last a year even on high traffic areas such as door handles, it’s an essential part of keeping your premises COVID-secure, and the cleaning process is also reduced as aftercare is simply warm water with a microfibre cloth.

Please contact us to discuss any minor repairs you have in the workplace or home, or if you would like to enquire about antimicrobial surfacing coating for your premises.

Lifting spirits this Christmas

Whatever the government decides about what we are and aren’t allowed to do this Christmas, as far as we’re concerned, it’s definitely still on! In fact, it’s more important than ever to acknowledge the contribution of clients and the hard work of your staff as we come to the end of this extraordinarily difficult year.

As the effects of the pandemic drag on, the likelihood of everyone in your company being able to let your hair down at an office party is pretty much zero. Nor will you be able to take your favourite clients out for a slap-up lunch to thank them for their custom. So why not use the entertainment budget to send everyone a treat that will help boost morale, raise a smile, and make them feel appreciated.

This year we have a huge range of cards, gifts and hampers that you can brand and personalise, so you can bring some cheer in these challenging times.

Christmas cards

It’s time to organise the Christmas cards that your company will send out this year, and we have a lot for you to choose from. Whether you want fun cards with colourful cartoons, beautiful designs featuring traditional or modern winter scenes, or want to go upmarket with lots of gold, we can help.

Click here to see our Christmas Cards 2020 brochure.

Christmas gifts

When you go to the trouble of branding a gift, you want it to last. So what could be better than a Christmas-themed gift that the recipient will want to keep and use year after year. Whether it’s a happy reindeer mug, a festive candle holder, or a game of Christmas dominoes, your fun corporate gift is likely to come out of the cupboard every December, creating a lasting impression of your company.

We also offer gifts that will provide fun for all the family, such as tree decorations and drawstring bags that the kids (or big kids) can colour in and admire, as well as novelties like stress balls or comic headbands that will help get everyone in the festive mood.

And if you want beautiful gift bags to put your presents in, we can brand them too! Hopefully, the recipients will save and reuse the same bags, so you never know who will end up seeing your brand name!

If your staff are working from home, it’s likely they’ll be mindful of their heating bills, so why not send them a warm blanket so they can turn the heating down a notch but stay cosy as they work. Or they can enjoy simply snuggling up under it as they watch their favourite programmes during the long, dark winter evenings. Our Moose plush blanket even comes cuddled by a friendly reindeer, who’ll no doubt find a loving home with the kids!

Click here to see our Xmas 2020 brochure.

Christmas hampers

Who wouldn’t be delighted to receive a hamper of luxury Christmas food and drink? Whether you have clients who are foodies or you just want to give people treats to share with the family over the holidays, we’ll create it for you. And there’s something to suit all budgets, from £22 upwards. We can fill your hampers with wine and cheese, savoury nibbles, sweet treats, cakes and puddings, Scottish-themed goodies or whatever you want. These beautifully presented hampers will be very much appreciated, and even if the contents don’t last long, the recipients will remember how delicious they were and be grateful that you thought so highly of them.  Lead times are 2-3 weeks so make sure you place your order by 2nd December.

Click here to see our wide selection of hampers, all packed with yummy food and drink.

Global Market Trends

Purchasing trends

There has been a big shift in purchasing trends for office supplies this year. In fact, it probably won’t be a great surprise when we tell you that hygiene products, signage and safety screens have risen to the top of companies’ priorities over the last few months. There was also a greater move towards ordering office home office desks, chairs and ergonomic supplies online to help create comfortable and safe working spaces for employees working from home.

With your business supplies provider, it’s great to know that during these challenging times they are able to supply a varied range of products including office stationery, print, signage, hygiene, PPE, furniture and catering items to name a few!

This means you will spend less time searching for items you need and have fewer invoices to process, saving you both time and money. Ordering from one trusted supplier during challenging trading times like these is important as supply can fluctuate. Centralising orders with one supplier is a sustainable purchasing move and will also help to simplify the delivery process.

Working from home

Of course, the most radical change in office work this year has been the move to working from home. Remote working has been the ‘new normal’ during the lockdown, and it has been so successful that companies are looking at downsizing and moving to smaller premises. This has brought about a shift in purchasing trends, and there has been a consequent surge in the need for equipment for the home office such as desks, chairs and technology. Office workers are adapting technology to remote working practices, and webcams and headsets have been trending products.

Keeping schools safe

The world of education has also had to adapt in order to get students back to school safely. Our education supplies are as popular as ever as the autumn term begins, but we have seen equally strong demand from schools for our COVID-19 essentials to help keep pupils, teachers and other staff safe. These include masks and visors, and floor stickers and signage to ensure pupils stay socially distanced, as well as hand-sanitising stations, protective screens and cleaning products.

Retailers are open

Retail is another sector that has seen major changes. Again, PPE products such as disposable gloves, hand sanitiser and visors have become a staple for small and large stores alike. Protective screens are an absolute necessity to protect staff and customers, as is social distancing signage and floor tape. These can be bought alongside the everyday essentials that are always needed by shops such as till rolls, carrier bags, cash bags, banknote checkers, etc.

One emerging purchasing trend that will continue is the shift towards eco-friendly products. The growing demand for companies to be more sustainable is not just in terms of using recycled paper – it is across their use of all products, from pens to cleaning supplies and face masks to furniture. That is why we label products available online that have eco-friendly credentials, making it easier for our customers to do the right thing. And as more products come on the market to meet the increase in demand, the more we will be able to help. Read more about sustainable purchasing here.

facilities management workers software computer

Facilities Management in a connected world

The job of a facilities manager has changed radically over the past few years, mainly thanks to smart technology. They no longer need to create complicated spreadsheets in order to stay on top of keeping the premises under their charge safe and in good working order. Technology also enables them to spend less time travelling between multiple sites, increasing productivity with the ability to spend more time at their desks. 

The connected world provides facilities managers with all the management information they need to enable them to keep everything working smoothly. Cloud-based facilities management applications offer centralised software that can be accessed by managers and their staff. Users can report and track issues through the application, which can be accessed by members of the team, and issues can be scheduled and prioritised, so everyone can instantly see what they are expected to do. With everyone accessing the same information, and with documents kept centrally, it will improve communication with your team and your colleagues. 

What you can do with facilities management software capabilities

The software allows you to create preventative maintenance schedules as well as organise repairs. Users can access the system to report faults, triggering an automatic notification to the appropriate members of staff who can take swift action; the software will also help you organise staffing and priorities, and record and monitor contractors. Its auditing facility enables you to ask for bids and record quotes, send invoices, and keep receipts, certificates and any communications centrally, so all of your information is at your fingertips. 

Asset tracking is also made easier, allowing you to keep hardware and software records, and record maintenance schedules and repair costs. You can add information about the expected lifespan of your equipment, allowing you to ensure the budget is always going to cover the cost of replacement. 

Other benefits include analytical reporting (which can be extracted to Excel), email notifications, reconciliation with your accounts system, and document and image upload functions. The software can be accessed via any device, so facilities managers will have all the data readily available ‘on the go’ wherever they are. 

Improved efficiency

When it comes to larger organisations with multiple sites, those working longer hours or 24/7 operations, facilities management software allows the different teams and the business as a whole to work and operate more efficiently. With everyone having access to just one set of data records means there is less opportunity for tasks to be missed or time wasted by someone beginning work on a repair that has already been completed by someone else.  

Facilities Management software is ideal for use by outsourced maintenance companies as well as in-house facilities managers across all industries. Every manager can tailor it to their organisation’s needs, providing an extremely efficient and very cost-effective way of improving service overall and driving efficiencies. The software is free to try and straightforward to set up.  If you would like a demo click here or to find out more, please contact us

legionella testing office kitchen sink

Why is Legionella water testing important?

Under the Health & Safety Regulations your company must appoint someone to be responsible for preventing and controlling risks associated with legionella and ensuring adequate assessments are carried out. Often, this responsibility is outsourced to legionella water testing companies

With so much attention currently directed to the Coronavirus, it is easy to lose sight of other risks, but this could be dangerous; the legionella bacterium is responsible for the potentially fatal Legionnaires’ Disease. The protection of your staff and customers from the risks of legionella is especially important if you are reopening your business after a break in trading. If there is air conditioning at your premises, legionella water testing will help you to maintain safety standards. 

Legionella is a water-borne bacterium. When it is inhaled – usually in fine water droplets – it infects the lungs and results in Legionnaires’ Disease. Many outbreaks originate from air conditioning units, but in the commercial environment, people have also been infected by water from spa jacuzzi’s \ hot tubs and showers. 

What conditions enable the legionella bacteria to thrive?

The optimal conditions that allow legionella to grow are stagnant water that is heated at an optimum temperature of between 20oC and 45oC. At lower and higher temperatures, the bacteria will be dormant; temperatures above 60oC will kill the bacteria. Where there is a regular flow of water, there is less risk from legionella because the bacteria do not have a chance to establish themselves. Stagnant water also collects waste materials and sludge which provide the bacteria with the nutrients they need to thrive. 

Domestic properties are much less prone to the bacteria owing to the constant water use and the fact that hot water is heated above the highest temperature that the bacteria can remain active in. However, on a cautionary note, take care in the garden – especially during the summer months – as people have been infected with legionella bacteria that have had a chance to grow in warm, stagnant water in garden hoses and water butts. 

Have your business premises been closed during lockdown?

If your workplace has been closed during lockdown, you may have inadvertently encouraged the perfect conditions for the legionella bacteria to thrive, with unused water pipes and air conditioning units heated by summer temperatures. 

The recommended frequency that you need to do regular legionella water testing will depend on your company and risk assessment. 

Don’t leave it to chance

Book your legionella water test today for peace of mind or perhaps to complete your Covid-19 risk assessment. We now offer a full range of services to protect your business from legionella, including legionella risk assessments, water testing, water system management, and water tank cleaning and disinfection. 

 

Stay safe.

Why Sneeze Guards/Protective Screens are an ideal addition to the post-pandemic office

UK employees are beginning to phase back into the workplace and are preparing for the ‘new’ way of working. Although Boris Johnson recently announced that as of the 4th July, social distancing measures will be reduced to “1 metre-plus”, the safety of employees and customers is still a top priority for all businesses and cleaning, hygiene and protective measures need to be carefully planned out and ready for employees to come back.

Protective Screens, also known as ‘Sneeze Guards’, are a favourable and future-proof solution when it comes to keeping employees protected. Not only can they be used as a physical barrier between staff, but they also have an array of other benefits which we are going to explore further in this blog.

 

Protective Screens allow for agile working & flexibility

The beauty of Protective Screens is that you have full control over the placement and fixtures of them. For example, you have the choice to implement full standing screens fixed to the floor between desk benches or you could opt for small, light-weight screens placed on top of desks instead. This allows for flexible working as the screens can be repositioned to where they are required i.e. breakout sessions, during important meetings or to create private spaces for employees to focus.

 

Keeps your employees and customers protected

Social distancing is set to be the new normal so it’s likely that implementing Hygiene Screens won’t just be a ‘temporary’ solution. It’s important that your employees and customers feel safe and are confident that their health is being protected in the workplace. They add another layer of security for your employees and visitors and act as a physical barrier to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other germs. 

Whether you’re working in a doctors surgery, hospital, school, reception area, hotel, holiday park, hair salon, office or retail environment, there is a huge range of screens to suit all sizes, spaces and requirements.

 

Maintains transparency & light in the workplace

Implementing Protective Screens in the office doesn’t have to result in a loss of space or light. The majority of these screens are transparent (made with clear acrylic or glass) which ensures that full visibility is maintained and your employees and customers are still able to see, interact and engage with one another.

Another benefit is that the clear transparent screens is that they will also prevent the office from becoming ‘closed in’ or  ‘shrinking’ and modern open plan workspaces can still be achieved.

 

Easy to clean 

Cleaning and hygiene is now more important than ever, especially in the workplace environment. The clear acrylic and glass screens are extremely easy to clean and are safe to use. Most screens are also made with an antimicrobial surface coating to help reduce the spread of germs and bacteria which will further help to protect the people using them.  

Businesses are also having a deep cleaning service before employees return to work and looking at long term hygiene solutions like antimicrobial surface coatings which can be applied to high traffic areas like door handles, tables, reception counters, lift buttons, handrails etc to help prevent the spread of germs?

 

What screen is right for me? 

Whilst Protective Screens and Sneeze Guards are designed to protect against droplets from coughs or sneeze in the air, there is no definitive answer to the question ‘what height should they be?’ We would recommend using a protective screen 660mm above desk height to provide an appropriate barrier against airborne droplets between seated people and for floor standing screens, we would suggest 1895mm high for an appropriate barrier between those people who are standing (including a standing person and a seated person).

For more information or to start exploring our huge range of Screens and Sneeze Guards, please click here. You can also get in touch with a member of the Quills Interiors team at hello@quillsuk.co.uk or call 0845 078 0324. 

Alternatively, take a look at our Protective Screens brochure for more inspiration

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Returning to work – a new landscape

Many companies are contemplating how to make the move from national lockdown to ‘back to the new normal’ work processes. For some, normal as it was will not resume and there will be a period of adjustment where employers will be redefining what the workplace means as they, along with their employees, get used to whatever the new normal will be. It is widely accepted that whilst most businesses have operated efficiently during lockdown, if it is safe to do so, it’s time to begin a phased return to work.

Businesses large and small are therefore planning to bring some or all of their employees back to work and are following government guidelines on how to prepare the workplace for this. Employees returning to work will be understandably anxious and worried so it is vital you put their minds at rest and assure them that all measures possible have been taken to safeguard them whilst they’re at work. There are many things to consider when preparing for this uncharted territory, read on for our advice and information on how we can help.

Trust your suppliers

Your trusted suppliers will be your best friends during this time. If you have built up a solid relationship with them over the years, you will be the first to know what their service offering is and how they have diversified to ensure they can supply exactly what you need during these unusual trading times. They will be the ones to rely on when you need to source key products in large quantities and you will be able to count on them to give you honest advice on the availability of high demand products and the best market price as these can change daily. They are only a phone call away so it’s always worth touching base with them and asking for their assistance. You will be amazed at how resourceful they are!  

Get cleaning!

If you haven’t already, now is the optimum time to have your office or premises steamed and deep cleaned. Office deep cleaning is recommended to be carried out at least twice per year as it will remove any dust, bacteria and fungi that has been lurking in forgotten corners and inaccessible areas that haven’t seen a vacuum cleaner in months. You can also take it one step further and have the cleaners sanitise it using antiviral detergents to kill germs and disinfect all of the high touch points. Antibacterial door handles can also be placed on the doors to reduce contamination and an antibacterial surface lacquer can be applied to the hard surfaces to complete your rigorous hygiene schedule. This will ensure that the workplace is as clean as it possibly can be and ready for your people to come back to work safely.

Who’s in?

Following government regulations, you will be required to calculate how many people you will be able to fit in your workspace without compromising coronavirus health and safety protocols. A thorough risk assessment will need to be carried out in order to identify any risks or hazards and a programme put in place to help employees stay safe, protected and as productive as possible with new procedures and guidelines put in place if necessary. For example, hand washing and/or hand sanitising stations will need to be available at all times at the entry and exit points to ensure that the correct sanitisation and hygiene controls are in place. Meeting rooms will need to be reviewed in terms of their layout, ventilation, seating arrangements and whether you introduce protective screensAs the summer is approaching you might also want to consider utilising outdoor space for quick catch ups or you can continue with video conference meetings to limit contact with multiple coworkers.

Time to move?

A change to the layout of your office or workplace will be an inevitable part of putting new safety practices in place. A redesign of the office space will no doubt entail moving desks around to allow employees to work at a safe distance from each other. For added peace of mind, you can also consider creating clear demarcations by installing glass partitions.  Or if it’s not possible to change your office layout, protective screens and sneeze screens will provide an effective solution to protect employees and customers and are quick and easy to install.