April 2020

At the time of writing and reflecting on the situation depicted in March, the lockdown has proven to be a necessary imposition. Early in the pandemic crisis, H+R management took the decision that no member of staff would be furloughed as there was so much that could be achieved with enterprise and effort on an individual and corporate basis and that we were all reliant on each other’s support. Like so many companies, many staff already worked with a high degree of flexibility between home and office and this advantage was quickly seized. A skeleton staff has remained office based only where necessary in all H+R locations with 90% of staff working from home. All office locations are easily reachable without recourse to public transport and as a company we are very mindful of our good fortune

One of H+R’s senior directors Tim Hutton, who is a trained volunteer NHS medical technician and ambulance driver, has been called to serve and has been regularly in the front line of helping to combat the virus. Other staff members and their partners have been very active in a variety of roles supporting their local communities ranging from making masks to chaplaincy work and as medical professionals. It has been heartening to witness how much can be achieved by the common will of so many

Project work has been carefully considered and managed so as to follow all Governmental strictures both in observance and sprit. This has enabled the growth in vital public sector enquiries to be met. At the same time some very specific heritage briefs have also been actioned where safe to do so and where the need was pressing, for instance as a result of catastrophic fire damage