COVID-19 Update: British Glass Offices Closed

COVID-19 Update: British Glass Offices Closed

March 19, 2020
British Glass CEO Dave Dalton gives an update on the current situation surrounding Covid-19

Following the statement from the Prime Minister on 23 March, we have taken the decision the close the British Glass offices for the next three weeks as of yesterday (24 March) to comply with the government’s directive to stay at home.

Currently, British Glass staff, including the Member Services and Communications teams, are working remotely from home and are continuing with business as usual where possible. We hope to be able to continue to support you as members as normal in the coming weeks. 

The Member Services team are currently supporting members through the COVID-19 pandemic by:

  • Discussing business criticality and key worker status with government departments and other trade associations daily
  • Speaking directly to the senior executive group about concerns and issues through this difficult time.
  • Sending out government advice to businesses on a weekly basis on health and financial support.
  • Continuing to hold H&S and E&E committee meetings via video conferencing to ensure continued support on compliance and understand any operational concerns throughout the pandemic
  • Continuing with all member group meetings via web or teleconference

 Updates on specific British Glass events:

  • Respirable Crystalline Silica training in Buxton – 17th March 2020 – members who booked onto this course have been notified and we will re-arrange the event in the future.
  • Net Zero event – June 24th 2020 – some of you may be aware that we were planning a Net Zero Strategy event in June, this has also been postponed until further notice.

Last week (19 March), CEO Dave Dalton commented on the effect of COVID-19 on the glass industry: 

“Of course, the UK glass industry is deeply concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the market and their longer-term position should this situation endure for months rather than weeks. 

“Financially this is a particularly sensitive time for the whole supply-chain, and we are working closely with the sector, BEIS, the Treasury, CBI and other agencies to ensure all support measures being developed and implemented are accessible to our manufacturers and their customers. 

“These are deeply worrying times and completely unchartered territory for manufacturing, both as a whole and in particular for glass production as a continuous operation that runs 24/7 with a limited capacity to ‘press the pause button’. 

“At British Glass we are committed to safeguarding our staff and are closely monitoring the situation to make sure we are taking all of the precautions to protect our members and colleagues and will send updates when necessary.”

You can find the latest advice from the Government below: 

Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)
 
Guidance for employees on coronavirus (COVID-19 

If you have any queries or are in need of any assistance during this time you should contact Jenni Richards, Paul Pearcy or the central communications email.

We will continue to give updates when necessary and, in the meantime, we hope you are all safe and well.