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Staying Resourceful | Editor’s Viewpoint January/February 2021

At the time of writing this Viewpoint England has just entered another lockdown.

The third lockdown in under a year, which for many will bring uncertainty and stress in what is already a difficult time.

I thought I would take the opportunity to once again point you in the direction of some resources that may help you navigate through this turbulent time.

One day, we may look back on this last year or so with a wry smile across our faces – no, hear me out. Imagine five years from now we will grab an old coat out of the wardrobe, put it on and reach in to the pocket only to find a face mask.

“Those times were crazy, I can’t believe we went through all that,” we’ll say to ourselves as we grab our sword, full body armour and battle our way across the wastelands to collect some clean water. I have to admit, I did steal that joke from twitter – but we have to laugh or we’ll cry, right?

Keeping a positive attitude is difficult at a time like this, and is easier said than done, and whilst understandably upset at what we’ve lost, we can be grateful for what we have.

Many of you will have continued to work hard and possibly even harder than ever to keep your business running smoothly, providing a reliable service as an integral part of the supply chain to allow the construction industry to carry on.

In my last viewpoint I mentioned the Electrical Industries Charity and spoke about the great work that they are doing to support people in the electrical industry through the epidemic and I think it’s important that anyone looking for help or advice visits: www.electricalcharity.org. Here they will find help with emotional or mental health problems, financial or legal worries and much more, so do please take a look if you feel you may need to.

Elsewhere the Electrical Distributors’ Association has been doing some great work to keep its members up to date with everything they need to know.

The website has a dedicated Covid-19 Hub that has the latest information including guidance on setting up a Covid-friendly branch, research and surveys, links to advice on financial support and a library of resources and downloads.

I highly recommend taking a look at all this information to keep you, your employees and customers in the best possible position for when we do eventually come out of this mess and get back to normal.

Until the vaccine rollout achieves its objectives, the hard-working members of the construction industry will keep the country moving, including those of you working in electrical wholesale and distribution. In a few months things will get easier, until then I hope you continue to stay safe and have a good start to the New Year.

Enjoy the issue.

Michael Connolly

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