Posted: 23.05.20 at 08:42 by The Editor
A Stamford estate agent is to re-open its branches on Tuesday.
Sharman Quinney, which has other branches across the region, says the re-opening will be "in a controlled and safe way following the latest government guidelines."
During the lockdown the company has operated remotely, or had staff working within branches, though the branch doors were closed to the public.
A company statement continued: "Our team are currently working behind closed doors to ensure our branches are prepared and everyone is fully trained on our new Covid-19 secure processes and procedures."
Managing director Mike Sharman said: "After the government’s announcements last week we are now introducing a phased opening of our services.
"In order to safely return we have;
Unfurloughed colleagues across our sales, lettings and mortgage services teams.
"Rolled out our comprehensive health, safety and welfare training to all returning staff communicating the new ways of working and our strong expectations for a ‘Covid-19 Secure’ workplace.
"Received a huge delivery of PPE to enable safe appointments including screens, facemasks for all colleagues, overshoes, signage, floor graphics highlighting the 2m rule throughout buildings and branches, and designated safe waiting areas for our customers.
He explained: "We initially returned to branches behind closed doors to implement our ‘Covid-19 Secure’ safe working plans to ensure readiness and safe working environments, but we are delighted to announce we are now ready to welcome customers from this coming Tuesday (26th May).
"Customers will be greeted with very different looking branches – desk layouts will have changed to enable social distancing, clear signage will be in place, hand sanitiser available, in person appointments to take place behind screen – just a few of the measures we have implemented.
"Since communicating these changes with our customers, they have been well received, and as a result we have seen a daily increase in appointments across our Residential, Lettings & Mortgage Services."
Further details to their new way of working can be found in this statement.
The Stamford branch is at 38 St Mary's Street.
Its details can be found here.
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