Holophane COVID-19 Statement Update 22.04.2020

As we enter the extended and open-ended lockdown period following the announcement by Dominic Raab, the UK Government Foreign Secretary on Thursday 16 April, we would like to take the opportunity to update you, our customers, suppliers and partners, on our current operating status.
 
The temporarily reduced factory output level we announced three weeks ago is being determined primarily (and correctly) by the social distancing requirements for our production staff.  Our highest day to day priority is the wellbeing of our staff, their families and our stakeholders.
 
Uncertainty over the status of construction sites has been a major limiting factor as expected and some supply chain issues have also impacted our ability to service all customer orders.  Since we switched to a limited production plan our Operations team have been extremely flexible and worked hard to modify our factory environment to allow safe working for more operatives fully in line with UK Government guidance for manufacturing businesses as well as workplace and social distancing.  This inevitably will affect our ability to operate at full capacity. However, we are now engaging a plan to increase output to a maximized level by early May.

All Holophane staff that can are still working from home and are fully enabled. They will continue to do so strictly in line with the UK Government lockdown recommendations until further notice.  A skeleton team of essential staff only are currently working from our factory and offices.  A proportion of our internal team are furloughed to reflect current workloads and our full sales team remain working from home on reduced hours and are endeavouring to service customer demand fully and as normal.

We thank all our team for their unquestioning support, loyalty and commitment in this extremely difficult time.  I know the Holophane team will continue to strive to serve our customers and communicate with our partners and suppliers to deliver the best possible outcomes.
 
At Holophane we all remain very focused, positive about our business and confident about the future.
 
We would like to wish everyone the very best of luck dealing with this blight on our lives and businesses and we encourage you all to stay safe.


David Barnwell
Managing Director
 
22nd April 2020

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