Joining the growing number of companies to issue trading updates after the reimposing of strict coronavirus control measures, RegaLead have published the following statement:

It’s business as usual here at Regalead, but we have taken some precautionary steps to keep our team as safe as possible as Manchester went into Tier 3 lockdown measures last night.

Our factory is fully operational in all areas of production and dispatch and by adapting shift patterns and the way we work, we are starting to see lead times being reduced. All staff are following social distancing guidelines and we are maintaining our enhanced cleaning schedule.

To minimise the number of people going in and out of Regalead HQ and further protect our team, the majority of our office team are now working from home. This includes order processing, credit control, and customer services. We operate a fully cloud-based IT system and VOIP telephone system, so it should not have any effect on your business, although there may be the odd dog barking or noise from a small child in the background! We will have a ‘skeleton’ team in the office for additional support.

As the country enters this second wave of the COVID-19 crisis we are striving to maintain the very best service for you. Despite exceptional order levels, tackling supply chain issues that we are all experiencing in the industry, and these new lockdown measures, it is business as usual here at Regalead.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this crisis. We remain fully operational and our team is ready to help you with whatever you need – please just give us a call on 0161 946 1164.

Stay safe,

The Regalead team

For now, its business as usual. As more and more areas of England go into higher categories, we are likely to see many more statements like this from companies in this sector seeking to reassure clients and customers that they can continue to receive their orders.

However, one interesting development over the weekend has been speculation of the introduction of Tier 4 restrictions. This would be a brand new level, higher than the current highest level 3, and is said to be being considered for areas that have failed to show improvements whilst in Tier 3. Part of the speculation is that non-essential businesses, not just hospitality, would be forced to close in local areas under Tier 4. Whether that has any implications on fenestration is unclear. We have seen how very quickly in Wales the situation turned from fenestration installers being forced to close, to then being allowed to fit in homes and offices to close but the banning of completing already in-progress work, to the then overturning of that bit of guidance too.

So it would be wise for the industry to make preparations for any scenario at this point in time, and to be nimble when it comes to implementing those plans and to be as up to date as possible on all guidance that can have an impact on our industry.

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