Staff - The majority of our staff remain furloughed but we have seen a small increase in Direct Mail volumes recently, so we expect this situation to change shortly. We have undertaken Risk Assessments at our offices and warehouse, and invested in signage and floor tape. By re-arranging certain work areas and limiting numbers of staff in specific areas, we are now in a position where we feel able to operate at almost full capacity if needed, while maintaining the Government advice regarding Social Distancing at all times. Our staff's welfare is paramount.
Clients - While we may occasionally close the warehouse when extremely quiet, these occasions are now fewer and fewer. We're ready to assist you with your Direct Mail and Fulfilment campaigns when required. Delivery drivers may experience some new procedures when dropping off print and envelopes, to help protect our staff. Please remain patient and follow the guidance of our Warehouse Manager when making deliveries. Hand wash and hand sanitizer remains available to all visitors if required.
During the ongoing virus pandemic, we can make the following, unwavering commitments: -
Staff - We guarantee that no staff will be laid off over the next three months. If a team member is working reduced hours, or furloughed, due to a lack of work then we will pay them at least 80% of their full wage during this difficult time. We will only open the warehouse when absolutely essential and as long as it remains within Government guidelines to do so. We ask that all staff self-isolate in line with PHE guidelines if they, or any family member show any signs of the Covid-19 Virus. This is essential for the well-being of the nation and will be strictly enforced.
Clients - We appreciate that some of you will still need your work completed. Many of you have essential information to distribute to your workforce, supporters or donors and we will try to complete this within a sensible timeframe. However, we are committed to opening the warehouse as infrequently as possible, in line with the government advice to help stop the spread of Covid-19. We therefore ask that you accept that jobs may take a little longer to complete than previously. This will enable us to amalgamate work and open the warehouse for as few days as possible.
Public - We rarely deal with the public but we are committed to stopping this virus. So we will enforce strict self-isolation rules for any staff that show symptoms of Covid-19 or who live with anyone showing symptoms. When possible, we will work from home. We will reduce the number of days that we open the warehouse so that we complete fulfilment work in as short a timeframe as possible. During these times, all staff will be encouraged to follow the PHE guidelines to stop the spread of Covid-19 and we will ensure that soap, tissues and disinfectant are supplied at all times.
Irrespective of your political persuasion, we think Rishi Sunak summed it up perfectly....
Now, more than any time in our recent history, we will be judged by our capacity for compassion. Our ability to come through this won’t just be down to what government or business can do, but by the individual acts of kindness we show one another; The small business who does everything they can not to lay off their staff, The student who does a shop for their elderly neighbour, The retired nurse who volunteers to cover some shifts in their local hospital.
When this is over, and it will be over, we want to look back at this moment and remember the many small acts of kindness done by us and to us.
We want to look back on this time and remember how we thought first of others and acted with decency.
We want to look back on this time and remember how, in the face of a generation-defining moment, we undertook a collective national effort - and we stood together.
It’s on all of us.
Do you need professional Mailing House services that match your specific Direct Mail needs? APD Ltd is a Mailing House based in Swindon, Wiltshire. We offer data cleaning and de-duplication, letter and label laser-print, address ink-jetting, envelope supply and overprint, poly-wrapping (Oxo-degradable or compostable) as well as hand or machine fulfilment.
We opened our first office in a small Unit on the Westmead Industrial Estate, West Swindon in the year 2000. We quickly gained a reputation for our efficient, no-nonsense Direct Mail service and consequently out-grew these premises. So we moved to a new Unit in Callenders - again in West Swindon. From this base, we steadily grew our Client portfolio and enhanced our reputation for offering an efficient, thorough and professional Mailing House service to small and medium sized businesses in Wiltshire, Berkshire and Gloucestershire. Our low set-up fees and free advice made us an ideal choice for small to medium-sized mailers. Nowadays, we'll handle anything from 500 high impact mailers to 50,000 charity mail-shots.
In 2008 we moved to our existing leasehold premises on Clearwater Business Park. Based in our heartland of West Swindon, but just off Junction 16 of the M4, these new premises have provided us with the ideal base to expand our Direct Mail services along the M4 corridor. We are now proud to count multi-national Companies in Reading, Marlow, Oxford, Bristol and London, alongside almost every commercial printer in Swindon, among our valued Clients.
If you need advice on your first mailer or a quote to compare with your existing Mailing House, if you think your fulfilment services need freshening up or you need an idea of costs for your forthcoming marketing budget, then please give us a call or drop us an email. We'd very much like to help.
We're proud to be involved with the 2018/2019 Season Ticket Campaigns for these Football Clubs: Swindon Town FC, Brentford FC, Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Southampton FC, Bristol Rovers FC and Fulham FC.