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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employee Updates

10/06/2020

A Message for Our Employees

We trust that yourself and your families all continue to keep safe, during this ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.  The pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges both for people and society.  Restrictions to daily life have forced us to quickly adopt different ways of working, learning and connecting with each other personally.  You and your families wellbeing need to be monitored in everyday life more than ever during these difficult times.  We must all stay alert as the COVID-19 lockdown rules continue to be relaxed.

IAE continues to be a COVID secure workplace.  Guidelines continue to be adhered to and alterations will be made to all site operating procedures if required, to maintain the high standards that have been put in place since the UK lockdown in March 2020.  We reiterate that all IAE personnel must continue to work within the procedures.  We thank you in advance for your co-operation.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced in the summer statement 2020 that the UK government will continue to try to cushion the economic fallout from the pandemic.  Several schemes have been unveiled to hopefully stem the coronavirus job losses. The board of directors continue to monitor the company KPI’s.  This leadership will underpin IAE’s response to these challenging times and stimulate the business to protect the longevity of the company.

We continue to expand the soft-start procedure weekly.  Additional employees we require to be on-site to help support this ongoing procedure next week have been contacted.  If you are not required to help at this time, then your patience as always is appreciated, and we ask that you continue to adhere to the government guidelines.

In the meantime, we are making sure all our lines of communication are kept open to you all. You can also email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stay alert, control the virus, save lives, we look forward to seeing you soon.

03/06/2020

A Message for Our Employees

We trust that yourself and your families all continue to keep safe, as we continue to make sense of this ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  The reported local lockdown in Leicester confirms we are all still in a precarious and abnormal situation.  We must all stay alert and not allow ourselves to be put in a virus vulnerable situation now, as well as in the future. IAE continues to be Covid secure, we monitor the situation daily to make sure the standards required to keep the business Covid secure are adhered to.  We reiterate that all IAE personnel must continue to work within the procedures that have been put in place.  We thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Multichannel customer communications continue to be expanded on.  It is pleasing that demand for IAE products within the industrial and agricultural sectors has aided the company in reaching the decision to expand on opening communication lines with customers so soon after the UK lockdown.

The board of directors continue to monitor the company KPI’s.  We are expanding on the shift numbers in our production environment, and we can now confirm the IAE galvanising plant will reintroduce a soft start shift pattern from Monday, 6 July 2020 to deal with demand for IAE products.  We must continue to reiterate that changes will have to be made to the business as and when required, to protect the longevity of the company.

We continue to expand the soft-start procedure weekly.  Additional employees we require to be on-site to help support this ongoing procedure next week have been contacted.  If you are not required to help at this time, then your patience as always is appreciated, and we ask that you continue to adhere to the government guidelines.

In the meantime, we are making sure all our lines of communication are kept open to you all. You can also email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stay alert, control the virus, save lives, we look forward to seeing you soon.

26/06/2020

A Message for Our Employees

We trust that yourself and your families all continue to keep safe and are staying alert. We are truly living in strange times during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we all need to do everything asked of us to make sure the UK does not have a coronavirus spike in the future.

The IAE COVID secure guidelines continue to work.  We will be maintaining the 2-metre social distancing rule that was put in place on-site during the soft start-up in April 2020, and IAE will continue to implement this rule beyond 4 July 2020 for the foreseeable future.

The board of directors continue to monitor the company KPI’s.  We are pleased to inform all that these KPI’s have now given us the confidence to reintroduce a soft start minimal shift pattern in our production environment from Monday, 29 June 2020, and this will be expanded into other departments of IAE in the coming weeks.  We must reiterate that changes will be made to the business as and when required, to protect the longevity of the company.

We continue to expand with the soft start procedure.  Additional employees we require to be on-site to help support this ongoing procedure have been contacted.  If you are not required to help at this time, then your patience as always is appreciated, and we ask that you continue to adhere to the government guidelines.

In the meantime, we are making sure all our lines of communication are kept open to you all. You can also email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stay alert, control the virus, save lives, we look forward to seeing you soon.

19/06/2020

A Message for Our Employees

We trust that yourself and your families continue to keep safe and are staying alert during these ongoing difficult and strange times.

IAE is committed to providing a safe environment to employees and external personnel when entering the site. The IAE COVID secure guidelines continue to be adhered to, and we thank everybody involved in upholding the high standards that have been set. Sacrifices have been made by all over the last 13 weeks, and we must all stay focused and not let complacency set in to allow the virus to spike in the coming weeks and months. We are observing the potential social distancing measurement rule change, and we will amend our SOP’s if we feel it is correct to do so, if or when required.

The board of directors continue to monitor the company KPI’s (key performance indicators). The KPI’s help to confirm how many staff we require to return to work weekly. The KPI’s will also determine when additional shift patterns will need to be introduced on-site, shift patterns will be reintroduced in a soft start-controlled manner.  Necessary changes including job role amendments and changes to working hours will be made to the business as and when required, to protect the longevity of the company.

We continue to expand with the soft start procedure.  Additional employees we require to be on-site to help support this ongoing procedure have been contacted.  If you are not required to help at this time, then your patience as always is appreciated, and we ask that you continue to stay at home.   In the meantime, we are making sure all our lines of communication are kept open to you all. You can also email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stay alert, control the virus, save lives, and please continue to adhere to the government guidelines, we look forward to seeing you soon.

12/06/2020

A Message for Our Employees

We trust that yourself and your families are all continuing to keep safe and are staying alert during these ongoing difficult times.

Implementation and the reviewing of existing policies continue to make sure the working environment at IAE is COVID secure.  Social distancing workstation screen installation has commenced in office areas.  The screens will prevent the infection spread of Covid-19 and will allow IAE to continue to get employees back to work safely, and without compromising the office interaction.

The board of directors continue to monitor the company KPI’s (key performance indicators), and because of this, the board has taken the decision to reduce the workforce by 18 employees. Evaluation of the company requirements is ongoing. Additional communication with customers since the government lockdown began and the forecasting of product requirements will allow the business to move forward during these challenging times. Difficult decisions and necessary changes will continue to be made to the business as and when required, to protect the longevity of the company.

We continue to expand on this soft start, any additional employees we require to be on-site to help support this ongoing procedure have been contacted.  If you are not required to help at this time, then your patience as always is appreciated, and we ask that you continue to stay at home.

In the meantime, we are making sure all our lines of communication are kept open to you all.   You can also email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stay alert, control the virus, save lives, and please continue to adhere to the government guidelines, we look forward to seeing you soon.

05/06/2020

A Message for Our Employees

We trust that yourself and your families are all continuing to keep safe and are staying alert during these difficult times.

We continue to make sure the working environment at IAE is COVID secure.  The introduction of infrared thermometer temperature testing when entering the IAE site enhances staff safety as employee numbers increase, and in line with our SOP’s (site operating procedures).

As you are aware, saving scheme payments for employees were frozen at the start of the lockdown in March 2020. Employees on furlough can request for their funds to be released from the scheme (the full amount) while on furlough. Email [email protected] to process any payments. Employees can restart their saving scheme, as they return to work through the saving scheme startup option.

Demand for IAE products continues to be reviewed.  We are monitoring the company KPI’s (key performance indicators), necessary changes will be made to the business as and when required, to continue to protect the longevity of the company.

We continue to expand on this soft start, any additional employees we require to be on-site to help support this ongoing procedure have been contacted.  If you are not required to help at this time, then your patience as always is appreciated, and we ask that you continue to stay at home. In the meantime, we are making sure all our lines of communication are kept open to you all. You can also email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stay alert, control the virus, save lives, and please continue to adhere to the government guidelines, we look forward to seeing you soon.

29/05/2020

A Message for Our Employees

We trust that yourself and your families are all continuing to keep safe and are staying alert during these difficult and strange times.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in the daily update meeting on Monday, 25 May 2020 how lockdown measures will continue to be eased as we progress with controlling the virus.  Local lockdown measures and the test and trace scheme are two ways to help gain control of the virus.

Phase 2 of the easing of the measures will allow some businesses to open from Monday 1 June 2020, provided they can do so safely.  Phase 3 is scheduled to be implemented from Monday, 15 June 2020 and is based around non-essential retail businesses, contingent on progress in the fight against coronavirus, these businesses will need to be “COVID secure”.

This statement strengthens the soft-start procedure put in place by IAE on Monday, 20 April 2020.  IAE continues to make sure the working environment is COVID secure.  Social distancing measures, one-way systems, changes to working hours, and increased cleaning regimes are some of the measures in our SOP’s (site operating procedures), this ensures we are keeping IAE safe.

Demand for IAE products continues to be reviewed, this is difficult to measure at present due to customers operating with reduced business operations.  We are monitoring the company KPI’s (key performance indicators) and we will make necessary changes to the business if required, to continue to protect the longevity of the company.

We continue to expand on this soft start, and additional employees we require to be on-site to help support this ongoing procedure have been contacted.  If you are not required to help at this time, then your patience as always is appreciated, and we ask that you continue to stay at home. In the meantime, we are making sure all our lines of communication are kept open to you all, website (https://iae.co.uk/coronavirus/) and social media platforms (@iae1969).

You can also email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stay alert, control the virus, save lives, and please continue to adhere to the government guidelines, we look forward to seeing you soon.

22/05/2020

A Message for Our Employees

We trust that yourself and your families are all continuing to keep safe and are staying alert during these ongoing difficult times.

As we have stated in previous updates our soft start procedure sanctioned by the board of directors on Monday, 20 April 2020 is working, and we will only continue to build on this and monitor the SOP’s (site operating procedures) that we have put in place to make sure IAE is COVID secure.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak warned earlier this week of a “severe recession the likes of which we haven’t seen before”.  This statement reiterates what we have said previously, we will continue to review the demand for IAE products, and we will make necessary changes to the business if required to protect the longevity of the company.

Covid-19 has disrupted everybody’s holiday plans this year.  We are looking into ways of managing holiday accrual in 2020, this may include rolling holidays over into an additional calendar year or fixing holidays in the present calendar year.  We will update all employees of any changes we make in the forthcoming weeks.

We continue to expand on this soft start, and additional employees we require to be on site to help support this ongoing procedure have been contacted.  If you are not required to help at this time, then your patience as always is appreciated, and we ask that you continue to stay at home.

In the meantime, we are making sure all our lines of communication are kept open to you all. You can also email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stay alert, control the virus, save lives, and please continue to adhere to the government guidelines, we look forward to seeing you soon.

15/05/2020

A Message for Our Employees

We trust that yourself and your families are all continuing to keep safe and are staying alert during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced changes to the UK lockdown on Sunday, 10 May 2020 and the government also released a 50-page roadmap document plan to lift the UK out of lockdown on Monday, 11 May 2020.  This document includes details regarding how to make sure workplaces are COVID secure and are adhering to the 2 metres social distancing rules. As we have stated in previous updates our soft start procedure sanctioned by the board of directors on Monday, 20 April 2020 is working, and we will only continue to build on this and monitor the SOP’s (site operating procedures) that we have put in place.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of October 2020.  We will continue to use this scheme where applicable to secure the future of IAE and to try to preserve employment for IAE employees.

We mentioned in last week’s employee update that we will continue to review the demand for IAE products throughout the coming months and make any necessary changes to the business that may be required.  Employees may need to accept that necessary changes could also be required to allow the business to continue to function with maximum COVID secure procedures in place.

We continue to expand on this soft start, and additional employees we require to be on-site to help support this ongoing procedure have been contacted.  If you are not required to help at this time, then your patience as always is appreciated during this difficult time, and we ask that you continue to stay at home. In the meantime, we are making sure all of our lines of communication are kept open to you all. You can also email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stay alert, save lives, and please continue to adhere to the government guidelines, we look forward to seeing you soon.

10/05/2020

A Message for Our Employees

Further to the Prime Minister’s speech this evening, this does not change anything for IAE at this stage and we will continue with our soft start procedure.

Although Boris Johnson stated that anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work, this has to be linked hand in hand with social distancing and the correct controls implemented to ensure a safe workplace. This is why we will be working just as hard over the coming weeks to get further measures in place.

We continue to expand on this soft start, and additional employees we require to be on-site to help support this ongoing procedure have already been contacted. If you are not required to help at this time, then your patience as always is appreciated during this difficult time, and we ask that you continue to stay at home.

You can continue to email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

07/05/2020

A Message for Our Employees

We are now into week seven of the Covid-19 lockdown and we trust that yourself and your families are all continuing to keep safe during the pandemic.

These uncertain times continue to be challenging for us all, it is pleasing to see that the measures the government put in place seven weeks ago are working, and these measures will help get UK lives back to some normality soon.

The soft-start procedure sanctioned by the board of directors on Monday, 20th April 2020 is allowing us to work towards getting employees back to work at IAE in a safe and controlled manner. We await the forthcoming government announcement regarding relaxing of the current lockdown restrictions in the workplace, any relaxation measures are likely to be slow and gradual and we will continue to work within any control measures that are put in place.

The board of directors has taken the decision to extend the initial furlough period that we confirmed on the 24th March 2020 from approximately 8 weeks to 14 weeks. This is in line with the government furlough scheme extension that was announced on the 17th April 2020.

As mentioned in last week’s employee update letter, we will continue to review the demand for the IAE products throughout the coming months and make any necessary changes to the business that may be required.

We continue to expand on this soft start, and additional employees we require to be on-site to help support this ongoing procedure have been contacted. If you are not required to help at this time, then your patience as always is appreciated during this difficult time, and we ask that you continue to stay at home.

In the meantime, we are making sure all of our lines of communication are kept open to you all. You can also email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stay at home and stay safe, we look forward to seeing you soon.

01/05/2020

A Message for Our Employees

We are now into week six of the COVID-19 lockdown and we trust that yourself and your families are all continuing to keep safe during the pandemic.

These uncertain times continue to be challenging for us all. We at IAE take the government guidelines very seriously and we have taken the necessary steps with our SOP’s (Site Operating Procedures) to make sure the wellbeing and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers entering our site continues to be deployed daily. We have a large site footprint, but we do not underestimate social distancing and review all areas daily to make sure IAE is safe for all.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak explained in a recent press briefing that the UK economy is going to take a significant hit and the best way out of this is to grow the economy. IAE will do its utmost to make sure we do everything possible to achieve this goal. The soft-start procedure sanctioned by the board of directors on Monday, 20th April 2020 will allow us to work towards this. Despite this, all our market sectors are facing different and difficult challenges. We will continue to review the demand for the IAE products throughout the coming months, which will enable us to make any necessary changes to the business that may be required.

As mentioned in previous updates we will only continue to expand on this soft start, and additional employees we require to be on-site to help support this ongoing procedure have been contacted. If you are not required to help with this time, then your patience as always is appreciated during this difficult time, and we ask that you continue to stay at home.

In the meantime, we are making sure all of our lines of communication are kept open to you all. You can also email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stay at home and stay safe, we look forward to seeing you soon.

24/04/2020

A Message for Our Employees

We trust that yourself and your families are all continuing to keep safe and well during the present COVID-19 pandemic.

These are ongoing uncertain times for us all in this current situation. We at IAE are taking responsible measures to protect all employees. Social distancing is challenging and an area we expect to be different for us all to adjust and adhere to in our everyday lives for months to come. We will continue to work closely with our employees, customers, and suppliers to ensure the well-being and safety of all and make sure our SOP (Site Operating Procedure) is transparent.

As you are aware the board of directors sanctioned a soft start procedure from Monday, 20 April 2020. We are pleased to inform you all that this is going to plan. We will continue to expand this soft start and additional employees we require to be on-site to help support this ongoing procedure have been contacted. If you are not required to help with the ongoing soft-start procedure at this time, then your patience is appreciated during this difficult time, and we ask that you continue to stop at home.

In the meantime, we are making sure all of our lines of communication are kept open to you all. You can also email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stay at home and stay safe, we look forward to seeing you soon.

14/04/2020

A Message for Our Employees

We trust that you are all keeping safe & well.

During these ongoing uncertain times with the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we are continuing to take responsible measures to protect us all.

From Monday 20th April 2020 we intend to slowly open certain areas of the business. Social distancing is challenging and one of many areas of concern for us all at IAE. Areas of the business will only be opened once we are confident with the safety procedures implemented to ensure the safety and well-being of all our employees, suppliers and customers.

Employees who are required to help support this procedure will be informed of this in the coming days by either your direct manager or HR. If you are not required to help with the soft-start procedure, then your patience is appreciated during this difficult time and you must stay at home.

In the meantime, we are making sure our lines of communication are kept open to you all. You can email us at [email protected] with any questions you may have.

Stay at home and stay safe, we look forward to seeing you soon.

26/03/2020

A Message for Our Employees

Although we are trying our best to keep you up to date with developments during these unprecedented times, we appreciate you may still have questions. If you do have any questions you can email [email protected] and we will try to answer them based on current government information and guidance. Please include in your email your full name and clock number so we can easily identify you.

Stay at Home. Stay Safe.

24/03/2020

Closure Notice

As a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), new government controls and to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and suppliers we will be closing all operations at IAE until further notice.

Updates will be posted via our website and social media platforms.

Thank you for your continued support. Stay at home and stay safe.


Visit the following links for the latest government and NHS advice:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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