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UK Government Lockdown: COVID-19 Update

UK Government Lockdown: COVID-19 Update

Date: 25th March 2020  |   Posted by: Barkell Team  |   Posted in: Press release

RE: UK Government Lockdown Announcement


Following the UK Government announcement on 23rd March, that all non-essential premises must now close, Barkell is taking all possible measures to support the national effort in minimising the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).


The UK Government released further guidance following the announcement on those businesses which were deemed “non-essential” and were therefore to close. Manufacturers were not on this list and due to the critical role our business plays in supporting key UK infrastructure (such as data centres, healthcare, energy, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals), it has been determined by the senior management team at Airedale & Barkell that both businesses must continue to operate during this national emergency.

We are still seeing enquiries, receiving orders, making deliveries and fielding requests for sitework & technical support, from industries like the ones above, who must continue to operate at all costs during this unprecedented time.

Barkell is open for business. The safety and wellbeing of our people is absolutely critical so we will be following all government guidelines on social distancing and additional special measures will be put in place around the facility during this time. We are also increasing the ability of our workforce to work from home, with several measures in place to support both this and the safety of people who remain at work.

We understand that this unprecedented situation will be a concern for staff and customers alike. We have therefore put the following list together to show how different functions of the business will be operating during this temporary period:

Sales / Account Management All sales staff are working from home
Enquiries / Quotations Our Sales team remain at full capacity, albeit working remotely. Please direct enquiries via your local Sales representative (refer to our website). Alternatively use ahu@barkell.co.uk if required, which will be constantly monitored
Leadtimes As you will no doubt understand, leadtimes will change and be dynamic as a result of supply chain issues. We are monitoring this situation constantly and are doing what we can to prioritise critical projects, including data centres, telecommunications, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Please support us by regularly communicating with us on site-readiness and delivery dates. If you have an open order with Barkell, rest assured we will be in touch over the coming days to discuss
New Orders We are still accepting new equipment and spares orders, with the caveat that leadtimes may be longer than usual and subject to change
Manufacturing As previously mentioned, we will be operating as close to normal as possible in these current circumstances, whilst prioritising the safety of our employees
Delivery As of the 24th March, our logistics partners are still operating as normal
After Sales & Site Works Our After Sales team are working as normal and available to offer quotes, advice and arrange site works. We will however only be offering site works to critical sites

Given the severity and fluidity of the situation, we are monitoring the situation closely and will keep you, as our valued customer, duly updated on any development. We appreciate your patience, understanding and loyalty during these difficult times.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this news, please speak to your usual Barkell contact and we will endeavour to assist. In the meantime, stay safe, stay indoors where possible and look after yourselves and your families.

Best Regards,

Adam Childs


Director & General Manager