The last three months in Britain have been unusual, to say the least, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to dominate our everyday lives and society has been tested in many ways.
During this period of uncertainty, we believe it has been important to remain open, fully operational and committed to our industry and where possible wider society. During the last quarter, our primary focus has been on three key aspects: maintaining safety, supporting our clients and planning for the future.
The need to work safely has never been more acute across the country although I do believe that the general construction industry, principal contractors and specialist sub-contractors are well versed in meeting stringent safety requirements as part of our everyday activities. Consequently, we have been in many ways better prepared and more able to adapt our offices, workshops and working methods than other industries.
Every day at Multitech we work with a variety of contractors across a wide spectrum of projects in Aviation, Civil Engineering, Commercial, Demolition, Education, Health, Fit Out, Rail, Retail, Residential to name but a few. Each of these sectors has its own unique demands and requirements, so the need to be adaptable, flexible and above all safe is embedded in our company culture and ethos.
There is no doubt that during these difficult times our clients have needed our support, as a recognised leading temporary services specialist and supply chain partner of many leading contractors we have been called upon to carry out a plethora of safety enhancement activities often at short notice across their projects.
Installing supplies to additional breakout and seating areas, wash stations, sinks, drinking water fountains, water heating together with enhanced lighting and power requirements. All of these activities have been taking place whilst at the same time making sure that we complete all of our contracted installation works, adaptions and strip outs to make sure that our clients achieve their completions and other milestones.
This challenge has been well met by the teams at Multitech and I would like to thank everyone involved for their considerable efforts in this respect.
Whilst we are in uncertain times we believe that no storm lasts forever; following the initial uncertainty, project closures subsequent reorganisation and Government encouragement it does appear that for the most part that the majority of the industry is back at work, which is in itself a positive development.
Only last week our redoubtable Prime Minister was out and about in the Midlands to launch his “Build, Build, Build” initiative and spending pledges alongside the idea that our industry would be expected to do its part in the recovery of the nation. We are looking forward to the increase in stimulus so let’s hope it comes to pass and that you all have plenty of enquires to send us.
Looking ahead at apprenticeships we are concerned to see that according to latest Government figures that apprenticeships have declined by over 80% during the last three months this is a worrying trend and we so hate to see the salting away of the nation’s youth.
Since inception in 1998 Multitech has successfully run apprenticeship and trainee programmes and proud to say that staff now in positions of great responsibility first started with us as apprentices. Going forward hope to be able to do our bit and engage new apprentices in summer of 2020 to join our existing teams ahead of the technical colleges starting up again in September.
It is not yet clear how the colleges will operate with regard to social distancing but we think it important to continue our apprenticeship programmes. As the Clash once sang: Career opportunities, the ones that never knock - let’s hope that we can knock up some opportunities this year.
In other non-business related news, during the lockdown, we found time to provide support in the community by supporting Bishop’s Stortford Boxing Club, of which Multitech is the primary sponsor.
In line with Government stipulations the boxing club has been temporarily closed since March, but we recognise that affordable facilities for sport are needed now more than ever, especially for young people who will most likely be affected by the impending tsunami of job losses, lack of work opportunities and inherent problems this will bring.
With this in mind, together with our friends at Shelmar Engineering Multitech has created a fully lit outdoor area adjacent to the club and fabricated an extensive punch bag frame so that socially-distanced training can take place for a limited number of boxers and trainers out in the open air.
As we now head into the summer months it will be very much a case of business as usual here at Multitech, so send us your enquiries!
And I would like to extend my best wishes to you all for a safe and pleasant summer.
Best Regards Guy