Gratte Brothers furloughs staff while maintaining key sector support

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Gratte Brothers has had to furlough staff and directors have taken salary cuts.

The Gratte Brothers group, including its catering equipment division, has continued to adapt to its business continuity plan as the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus crisis change, to ensure that it protects it people, clients, supply chain and the wider community.

The distributor’s catering equipment service engineers, security engineers and M&E maintenance engineers are continuing to provide a service for critical sectors, critical systems, and other client requirements. However, the group has implemented travel practices to eliminate, where possible, the use of London Underground, while work times are being varied to avoid rush hour and ensure social distancing and hygiene measures have been increased.

A large number of Gratte Brothers’ construction sites are temporarily closed at the client’s request. However, some critical sites continue to operate where social distancing requirements can be maintained. For these sites, the firm reports that hygiene measures have been enhanced and travel arrangements changed to reflect the Covid-19 requirements.

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However, as a result of these reduced operations, Gratte Brothers stated: “We have taken the difficult decision to place some of our employees into furlough until a time where non-critical work can recommence. This decision has not been taken lightly but with falling demand has been taken to protect our people and their long-term employment.

“In recognition of their responsibility to protect the business and the jobs of all our people, the directors of Gratte Brothers unanimously agreed to take a cut in their salary from April. Our salaried staff have responded generously by accepting a salary reduction from May. Ours is a family company and we intend to come through these challenging times together.”

The distributor underlined that it remains active where it is safe to do so though. All office staff have been working from home since Tuesday 24 March, allowing many of its operations to continue.

The company added: “We remain in a stage of ‘business as unusual’ to ensure the safety of all personnel-staff, clients and supply chain. We thank you for your understanding and support and we wish you all well during these uncertain times.

“We are ever grateful to all the individuals working within the NHS and other essential operations for providing exemplary care and vital services during this challenging time.”

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