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Flame UK are key workers

Amid the ever-developing Coronavirus situation and following Boris Johnson’s announcement on the Monday 23rd March 2020, Flame UK reassure you that we are all taking responsible actions during this time to support our key working industry. As the waste sector is included in the ‘key worker’ status, this means us here at Flame UK are classed as key workers.

The health of our partners, customers and our team members is our highest priority. As a business, we are closely following the government guidelines, as well as following the advice of Public Health England and the World Health Organisation by introducing a variety of measures to minimise the impact to public health. Please see our continuity statement for more information.

Recycling and waste sector employees have been granted ‘key worker’ status by the government during the crisis, meaning they will continue to provide you with your usual service. If you would like your services to be paused, please let us know by calling 0115 896 5460.

Why will we continue?

Collecting material is key for our future markets. We must continue to produce packaging for vital medical supplies and food, meaning we must continue to collect and convert materials in the most environmentally safe and economical way during such uncertain times.

If your business operation has been affected by the most recent government announcement, please contact our team as we are available and ready to help you and your business.

 

   

Flame UK Coronavirus Business Continuity Statement

Situated within a key working industry, our priority is to ensure all our customers continue to receive a high-quality service with minimal disruption, and to take practical measures to keep our employees, customers and the wider community safe. We are closely monitoring the potential impact of COVID-19 on our business operations and supply chains.  We continue to monitor advice issued by the UK Government via Public Health England (“PHE”), the Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) and the current recommendations from the World Health Organisation (“WHO”).

Currently the impact on day to day operations is increasing, we continue to operate business as usual but with the following additional precautions and planning in place:

  • We have provided information to all employees in relation to hygiene and the importance of regular and thorough hand washing and use of hand sanitisers. Hand sanitisers have been distributed throughout the business and are readily accessible throughout our building. Advice from PHE has been circulated to all employees regarding good hygiene and precautions to take should you develop the symptoms.
  • Additionally, we are monitoring and recording employee travel plans with anyone returning from Category 1 high risk areas being advised to self-isolate and contact NHS services for further advice. Those returning from Category 2 areas are advised to self-isolate in the event they develop symptoms and contact NHS services.  This advice will be updated in line with government guidance.
  • We are ensuring employees work from home until further advice is issued by the government and the current restrictions are lifted.
  • Non-essential travel and meetings will be postponed or carried out remotely (skype etc).
  • Drivers will no longer obtain signatures via pda, to reduce person to person contact. Signed tickets may not be available during this time.
  • As part of the UK’S key workers amid the Covid 19 crisis, we are working closely with our partners and are doing everything we can to ensure that your Recycling and Waste Collections will continue as normal. We will endeavour to update you as soon as possible if there are any changes and ask that if your business is effected by the Governments closure advice, please do let us know. We will also continue to support Keyworkers nationally, with any additional requirements that may arise during this period.

The evolving situation is being closely monitored on an ongoing basis here at Flame UK and we will implement and distribute the appropriate advice and protocols recommended by the UK Government where applicable.  This includes amending our Continuity Plan on an ongoing basis to reflect the business needs and those of our customers should the impact become more severe.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require further details.

Thank you for your help and cooperation at this time.

Pam Knight

Managing Director

   

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How the Coronavirus is making an impact on the gas market

The gas market is the lowest it’s been in over ten years! Why? The Coronavirus.

What does the Coronavirus have to do with the gas market?

Well, according to this CNG blog, “This is off the back of an oversupplied market due to high levels of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). LNG is natural gas extracted from fields that has been super-cooled down to liquid form for ease and safety of non-pressurised storage or transport via tanker ships. Prices of LNG hit record lows last week”. Chinese buyers have turned away shipments due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. This has forced traders to search for alternative destinations for tankers, Europe being the likely destination.

As Europe’s storage stock is also at unseasonably high levels, this could mean the gas market can potentially remain low through into early summer of 2020. Of course, this is providing the LNG supply stays high and the market remains free from any sharp spikes in demand.

What does this mean?

This is extremely positive for customers. It’s a great time for renewals and new business. Do you have a contract coming up for renewal soon? Get in touch with a highly experienced and friendly member of our team today, to discuss what we can offer. We have a 100% success rate for beating renewal costs, find out here using our free no-obligation price comparison.