This week’s #TradesTalk chat on Twitter looked at the subject of the coronavirus outbreak, what the potential implications could be for the trades, and how to stay resilient during the crisis.
The discussion, which involves all different trades from around the UK (and beyond), covered everything from social distancing and mental health to where to go for help if your business is in financial difficulty.
The chat takes place every Tuesday on Twitter from 8-9pm. If you missed it this week, here is our round-up of the best bits.
A1. Concerned about what will happen and a sence of responsibility to try not to pass it on to anyone else. Trying to keep working whilst we can know that most likely it will get halted at some point. Would love to have more details and bit more positive #TradesTalk
— James B (@JamesB177) March 17, 2020
Yes of course I'm concerned, anyone that runs a small business will be. If your customers are not at work, just getting sick pay or getting laid off then they won't be forking out for a new boiler, heating system or bathroom installation, just small repairs to get by #TradesTalk
— Pete Brown 🚿🛠🔥 (@GasSafePete) March 17, 2020
for me I’m just trying to prepare as best we can for what could end up being a shut down to all works on site. Main concern is for the vulnerable I know (incl my family & those I work with)while trying to be sensible regarding myself & lads on site #tradestalk
— Nicola Dobbie (@Nicola_Dobbie) March 17, 2020
I think everyone would be lying if they say they haven’t thought about it, main concern is the lads who work for us and obviously keeping them going and in work through the uncertainty.
— Bruce Towers & Sons ltd (@TowersLtd) March 17, 2020
Few people have enough savings to last indefinitely. This is going to affect all of us and the vast majority of the rest of the world. We're going to have to get very creative and expect everything be different going forward.
— Women Plumbers (@Stopcocks) March 18, 2020
Some saving and invoices due for payment over the next few months. Money should be OK least for a little while trying to turn over as many relatively safe jobs before we have to go into isolation.
— Jonathan @ JP Electrical (@JPElectrical4) March 17, 2020
No money, and no work. But it's okay, I've applied for universal tax credits and am eagerly looking forward to the £40 per week to feed my wife and four kids.
— SparkyNinja (@Sparky_Ninja) March 17, 2020
We have invested heavily for years expanding my wife’s business (new staff, vans, tools and training) and getting mine established, just got our house bought last November, so in answer to the questions, no and not a chuffing clue!! 😅 #TradesTalk
— Commercial Chimney Sweeping (@sweepcommercial) March 17, 2020
A2. I do have ill health insurance – need to look it up.
Most of my work 80+% is with elderly, so that’s the end of my work when the old folk isolation kicks in. 😬 #tradestalk
— Bourton Handyman (@BourtonHandyman) March 17, 2020
Looking at some of the houses I visit Cov19 would be less risky than some of the other things I might catch #tradestalk
— @keellelectrical (@keellelectrical) March 17, 2020
Q3. I’ve already started saying to people that if they are feeling unwell to be honest with me and clean the area where I wouldn’t need to work and leave me to it, I’ve got face masks and sanitiser/ cleaners etc #TradesTalk
— Axiom Building (@axiombuilder) March 17, 2020
Cross that bridge when I come to it. I don't feel the need to put myself in that situation tbh working in someone's self isolation space. If it came to it I could swerve that job barring any emergencies, which I don't get loads of as I'm mainly doing preplanned works. #TradesTalk
— Switchlec (@switchlec) March 17, 2020
Surely by going in these homes we run the risk of spreading it and potentially passing on to someone more vulnerable? Is the point of isolation not to do exactly this. Isolate……
— BB Heating Solutions (@bbheating) March 17, 2020
— Keith Harrison (@HarrisonHeating) March 17, 2020
We’ve not gone short of anything yet as a merchants our honest priority besides each other are our customers.
We’re urging people not to come to branch and to take advantage of our same day delivery.
The longer we stay well the longer we keep our dudes working.
No plans to close!
— Emsie morris (@emsiemorris) March 17, 2020
I rely on the bigger stuff so if builders merchants all close it could be an issue but then hopefully we can get through but ordering materials now which will see us through the next few weeks.Just a bit of forward planning really👍🏻#TradesTalk
— Dom@CityCraftsman (@CityCraftsman) March 17, 2020
Not as yet, but been on the quieter side for a couple of weeks now. Work is booked in due to start, but if we get into places that are empty then there is the risk from the supply chains and we'd end up thumb twiddling #TradesTalk pic.twitter.com/WqTRem2E2a
— Paul Fasham (@fash1985) March 17, 2020
A5 This is another area where there is no information specifically for self employed people. There are millions of us and we have not yet been mentioned on what to do if we need to self-isolate in terms of ££. It feels like we have been abandoned honestly. #TradesTalk
— Oilcanfinish Landscaping and Property Maintenance (@oilcanfinish) March 17, 2020
A5. 1 of the nice things about this (can’t believe I just wrote that!) is there’s a lot of grace going around. Mortgage/rent breaks, people being generally understanding. Obviously it’s not the case for every1 but it really shows it’s always worth asking for help #TradesTalk
— Bott Smartvan (@bottsmartvan) March 17, 2020
A5 Knowing and doing are two different things.
Yes I know where to go, but the anxiety of actually going is too stressful to think about #tradestalk
— London Gas 🇬🇧 (@LondonGas) March 17, 2020
A5 same as my previous answer, I’d go to my parents, they always offer to help. I’m extremely fortunate #TradesTalk
— S.N.L Home Repairs (@snlhomerepairs) March 17, 2020
We survived riots, panic buying, curfews, various states of emergencies in SA. And we didn’t even have Netflix then, the horror. If we stick together and show compassion, empathy and humanity, we’ll be okay. #tradestalk
— BigWipes (@BigWipes) March 17, 2020
Rough stories? How long u got?? Id be hear all night telling u the shit we have been through 😂😂 some people sail through and some dont. Got to pick ur self up and all stick together in rough times #tradestalk
— ColDixonElectrical (@ColDixonElec) March 17, 2020
Q6 A6 #TradesTalk forget any luxurious thoughts, go back to basics. SURVIVAL. My 3rd recession . Stay close to family, never feel ashamed of asking for Anything. Be safe & love one another. 👍🏼🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/DlciDcBqce
— Simon The Painter (@property_ready) March 17, 2020
A6: We are the safest industry in the world and our network ALWAYS needs repairing! I’ve seen many recessions and am (just about) still here. Stay strong and keep the faith, we’ll be alright. 👍🙏#TradesTalk
— Rob Berridge EngTech MCIPHE (@HeatingConsult) March 17, 2020