27th March 2020
We would like to thank our fantastic colleagues for their commitment and efforts during what has been a very difficult week. We would also like to thank our customers and suppliers, some of whom we know would have faced some disruption during this period. We fully acknowledge things have been very difficult for many.
As we manage our business through these rapidly changing times, we are trying to balance many things. Firstly, our priority to protect employees and their health, wellbeing and safety as well as other important needs including protecting colleagues’ livelihoods, supporting customers, many of whom are self-employed and rely on us, and of course the critical need to support the nationwide response to the Covid-19 crisis.
It is increasingly clear to us that we now need to make significant changes. I am announcing that we will shut down our manufacturing, distribution and logistics operations today, 27th March, for period of 3 weeks with a provisional date of Monday 20th April to restart operations; this date will obviously be kept under review. It is our intention is to stop all customer deliveries, other than a few essential deliveries, from Friday morning.
None of the decisions we have had to make over the last few weeks have been easy. However, I hope you know that our primary concern and thoughts are with the health, safety and wellbeing of all our colleagues across Weber, their families, our customers and suppliers we work with every day.
The country is facing the biggest battle that this generation will probably see against an invisible enemy; it will impact our way of life, not just today but into the future. Please do everything you can to take care of yourselves, your family and friends, and the more vulnerable in our communities over the coming weeks.
Thank you again for your commitment, support and dedication to our business and I very much hope that we will be able to open our business up fully again in the not too distant future.