Covid 19: The impact on the Construction Industry & Supply Chain
These are unprecedented times for all of us, including the global business community and the Construction industry has by no means been immune to the effects of the Covid-19 crisis.
Construction may, in fact, turn out to be one of the hardest-hit sectors, with predictions of ‘catastrophic and unavoidable impact’ being rife amongst industry experts. In addition to there being mass absences from construction sites, there are world-wide supply chain issues and severe delays to planning and inspection processes (in some cases a complete halt). Those projects which have been allowed to continue to introduce their own practical working challenges and there is a general acceptance that payment may be hard to secure whilst costs continue to mount.
We know we are not alone
At QDTS Construction we have a huge amount of sympathy for everyone who has been touched by Coronavirus, either on a personal level or through their disrupted work situation. Whilst, as a business, we can do little to help on the ‘front-line’, we are doing everything we can to make sure that we minimise the risk which we pose and which our employees and clients face. What’s more, we are already looking towards the future to make as positive an impact as we possibly can within our industry and amongst the wider business community.
We consider ourselves to be a forward-thinking company and so we have always tried to anticipate potential challenges and have a wide and robust planning strategy in place for every eventuality. Whilst this particular situation would have been nearly impossible to predict, we had already carried out valuable groundwork to secure projects throughout 2020 and 2021 and this has allowed us to be confident of our ability to survive and thrive beyond these difficult times.
Our agility as a business and readiness to learn also means that we have been able to respond rapidly to the new landscape, implementing new measures and policies to sustain our growth and ensure that we are in good shape and ready to face anything which the future might bring.
We have been accessing as many reliable and informative resources as we possibly can to stay aware of the fast-changing landscape. As well as following the Public Health England (PHE) guidance and operating strictly in accordance with all on-site and off-site HSE requirements, we have kept abreast of latest industry briefings to constantly review our site procedures.
The health and well-being of our employees is of paramount importance and, like the majority of the population, we have adopted smart working policies to reduce the contact between our staff and clients unless entirely essential. Regular, clear and concise communication with customers and suppliers is something which we know is key and we will, therefore, continue to liaise by whatever virtual means possible. Finally, in order to protect the longer-term welfare of our team, we continue to provide everyone in our care with easy access to both practical and motivational advice.
Keeping up to date
On a brighter note, our marketing team are using this time to develop a new QDTS website which will be launched in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to share it with you!
For further details on what QDTS Construction are doing to face this common challenge and to keep up to date with the latest news and Construction-related information, follow our social media profiles or visit http://www.qdtsconstruction.com/