In a week that’s been a bit shaky for the UK government, you might have missed the moment when Business Secretary, Alok Sharma thanked the construction sector for facing the challenges of remaining open, supporting the economy and carrying out vital work throughout the pandemic.

In an open letter to all involved in the industry, Sharma wrote:

“During this difficult Autumn, I want to pay tribute to you and express my admiration for all the work you are doing. Whether working on large or small construction sites, in peoples’ homes across the country, in builders’ merchants, designing and project managing schemes or producing construction and mineral products, you are making an invaluable contribution in supporting the economy.

“Since the outset of the pandemic in March, you have performed a vital role. In the past six months we have seen the industry build the Nightingale Hospitals, accelerate the delivery of infrastructure projects, support vital public services and help the country adapt buildings to become Covid-Secure.

“Whilst doing this, the industry has itself had to innovate and adapt, changing the way it operates on sites, finding more efficient ways of delivering projects, and collaborating effectively throughout the supply chain.”

Mr Sharma also stated that his department is in regular contact with industry leaders about the risks, issues and challenges the sector faces and issued a reminder of the government’s updated safety guidance for those who must continue to work from a place other than their home.

You can view that guidance here.

Finishing the letter with a final few words of gratitude, Sharma said:

“Thank you again to everyone operating in the UK construction sector. You are making a hugely valued and critical contribution to our country.”

Here at Sheriff Construction, we know how hard our teams have worked through this pandemic and feel the thanks and praise delivered by the government is well-deserved. An extra ‘thank you’ from us to everyone who has worked with us or supported our business during this time.


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