RURAL SOLUTIONS SERVICE LEVEL UPDATE FOR MAY
Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Rural Solutions has so far, albeit with some changes to our abilities to hold site visits, maintained ‘business as usual’; through our team working from home and holding all communications through digital channels. For full details of this please refer to our earlier service level update that we issued in March at the beginning of lockdown.
We are now in the fifth week of lockdown and whilst many of our projects continue and new projects get going, we have experienced a falloff in work associated with sectors forced to close by Government restrictions.
Consequently, we have decided to engage with the Government Job Retention Scheme for a small number of the team, for a short period. This means that as of 1st May we will have a reduced team and some of our colleagues will be unavailable. If your Rural Solutions contact on an ongoing project is affected, you will be informed of this personally and all colleagues on a temporary leave of absence (furlough) will relay this message on their automatic email responses.
Rural Solutions remains fully operational and colleagues will be available to speak to throughout normal working hours (Mon-Fri 9-5pm).
While the situation remains uncertain, we take comfort in the fact that we have an outstanding team and a supportive and loyal community of clients.
We will continue to update our website and social media platforms with any updates to our working practices arising from the Coronavirus pandemic over the coming weeks and months.
Thank you and stay safe.
We hope that many of you will have found and enjoyed some of the webinars from the Transforming the Future of Land Management series being run by the Land Management 2.0 team over the last few weeks. There are more to come and you can listen to and view all the presentations to date
In a letter to the Government’s Chief Planner Michael Bingham OBE Rural Solutions has today called for a Ministerial Statement to draw planning decision makers’ attention to the NPPFs requirement that significant weight should be placed on the need to support economic growth and productivity, taking into account the current and future business needs and wider opportunities for development and that decision makers should be pay special attention towards supporting economic growth at a time when this need is urgent and pressing.
Executive Director Rob Hindle presented to over 450 people on Thursday 30th April as part of the Transforming for the Future of Land Management webinar series.
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATING IN A CRISIS – A GUEST BLOG FROM JANE CRAIGIE MARKETING
In these challenging times, we recognise the importance of maintaining a consistent presence to clients and within the rural community, adapting and responding appropriately through marketing channels to reinforce brand and even use this opportunity to amplify profiles online. We have, therefore, invited our PR and marketing agency, Jane Craigie Marketing, to provide some valuable advice for our clients to consider while we are in lockdown.