Wrekin COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 (Updated statement  04/11/2020)
This year has provided unprecedented challenges as we all work together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

We took the necessary precautions earlier in the year to ensure that our facilities were safe for our staff. With the four-week national lockdown in place from 5 November, we would like to inform you that our Lichfield and Scottish distribution centres will remain fully operational for deliveries and shipments, with COVID-19 precautions in place.

The safety and wellbeing of our employees and customers continues to be our number one priority. All staff who can work from home will be doing so during this period, and we have ensured that the level of service that you receive will be unaffected by this.

We would also like to reassure you that at Wrekin we have a robust and diverse supply chain, and a substantial stock of most products. Our aim is to always keep any potential customer impact to an absolute minimum. We will be working to keep our business operating smoothly and our supply chain functioning as normal, allowing customers to get the products they need.

Please continue to contact us via the main switchboard, mobile numbers and email addresses as usual:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our valued customers and other stakeholders for their continued support. We remain on hand to work with you through these challenging times.

Stan Turner
Managing Director


COVID-19 (Update Statement 08/06/2020)

From the dark days of the end of March through to the first weeks of May Wrekin has continued to be safely operational and supply products to our customers and support essential infrastructure work such as road maintenance, water supply and waste-water services.

As things slowly return to an approximation of normal we would like to thank our customers and all our employees for their support through this period.


COVID-19 (Update Statement 24/04/2020)

 

To everyone working in the UK’s highway construction and maintenance sector:

Covid-19 – Highway Maintenance and Construction

Britain will never forget the extraordinary efforts of health staff caring for patients through the Corona virus outbreak. But it’s not just the NHS that is helping us get through this crisis. We are relying on an army of workers in many different industries to keep public services running and meet the needs of the country. In particular, I want to thank the thousands of highways maintenance and construction workers, and the streetworks operatives, who are all vital to the resilience of our road network.

You are doing an outstanding job under extremely challenging circumstances. Thanks to your dedication and commitment, the strategic and local road networks remain open. And as a result, crucial supplies of food, life-saving medicines, fuel and other goods can move around the country, while health and other emergency workers can travel to where they are needed most.

Despite the importance of your role, I very much regret that some of you have received abuse from a small minority of members of the public while carrying out your work. This kind of behaviour is unwarranted and completely unacceptable, and those highways colleagues who have been affected have my full support and gratitude for maintaining your professionalism.

I am aware many local authorities have made detailed plans to continue with routine business while also being able to react rapidly to these changing and very demanding circumstances. I would urge all authorities to follow their lead, trying to maintain as close to a ‘business as usual’ approach as possible, working to existing maintenance and construction plans where it is safe and appropriate to do so, but also to look at what opportunities there could be to accelerate works whilst roads are quieter than normal.

The current Government advice for the housing, construction, building, highways maintenance and street works sector, including supply chains, is if staff who are in the office side of the authority or your contractors can work from home then they should do so.

For operatives who are required to work outside, either undertaking condition surveys, pothole and other repairs, including planned maintenance and construction works then they should continue to do so. It is vital they continue to heed Public Health England guidance on social distancing with plans in place to follow the advice. I understand the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport, in partnership with the Highway Sector Council, will be publishing guidance to help the sector operate safely and effectively while continuing with daily business. This guidance can be read alongside the Construction Industry Council safety operating procedures or separately.

Despite the many obstacles authorities and contractors are experiencing because of Covid-19, it is important that local highway authorities, those associated with highway infrastructure maintenance and construction works, road network surveyors, and the wider supply chain, including builders’ merchants and asphalt plants, all work together to help improve and upgrade our highway networks for all road users.

I would like to thank you again for your work during this exceptionally difficult period. There are still many difficult weeks and months ahead. But the whole country owes a debt of gratitude to employees across our highways maintenance, construction, and streetworks industry who have worked tirelessly to keep Britain on the move.

BARONESS VERE OF NORBITON


COVID-19 (Update Statement 01/04/2020)

Wrekin has already implemented severe measures to help ensure the safety of our employees whilst continuing to supply products for essential infrastructure work.

Over the past weeks we have adhered to the guidance of Public Health England and instituted measures including home working, stringent social distancing and an intense cleaning regime.

Our challenge throughout this unprecedented period has been to balance the well-being of our workforce whilst continuing to provide products for essential services such as road maintenance, water supply and waste-water services. We have undertaken this difficult balancing act to the best of our ability and following guidance from the relevant authorities.

It is now necessary for us to scale back operations during this week. However, we still have a responsibility to continue to supply our products that support essential national and local infrastructure, utilities and agriculture and this will be done with a reduced staffing level for as long as we can, subject to Government instructions and our ability to protect our employees.

We would like to thank our workforce for all their efforts and our customers for their support during this difficult period.

Stan Turner
Managing Director


Update Statement 25/03/2020

Wrekin is closely monitoring developments regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are following the latest available government advice.

Following the statement by the Prime Minister on 23rd March our customers have pledged to continue providing essential materials so that the country’s infrastructure can be maintained during this unprecedented period.

As the coronavirus situation evolves, we’ll be keeping this page updated with the latest information from Wrekin.

We continue to watch what the view on construction sites is. The BMF says: www.bmf.org.uk/BMF/News/BMF-clarifies-builders-merchants-role-during-COVID-19-resrictions

It is the intention of Wrekin to support this pledge by continuing to supply our customers as required.

Our sales and order processing teams are on-line and working from home and our Lichfield and Scottish distribution centres remain operational for deliveries.

The safety and wellbeing of our employees and customers continues to be our number one priority and we will be regularly reviewing our position in the light of any further developments.

Supply of materials

Wrekin has a robust and diverse supply chain and a substantial stock of most products.

Our aim is to keep any potential customer impact to an absolute minimum and we are working to keep our business operating smoothly and our supply chain functioning as normal, allowing customers to get the products they need.

At this stage it is impossible to fully predict the scale of any impact from the virus, however we will work to keep any disruption to a minimum.

Employee wellbeing

We are committed to looking after the wellbeing of our employees and have put measures in place to ensure they are protected. We are providing regular advice to colleagues on good hygiene practices. We have also increased the frequency of cleaning regimes at our site.

Wrekin has a robust and flexible IT system that allows our employees to work remotely and this is being done where possible thereby reducing office density.

We have put in place travel restrictions, are using video conferencing for meetings, have restricted site visits and introduced social distancing measures.

At this time, we would ask for the continued support of customers and suppliers in making alternative arrangements to face-to-face meetings.

Further information:

www.nhs.uk/covid-19

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019