GAP maintains its drive
1 June 2020
Living in Scotland as I do, I know first-hand that the lockdown restrictions have remained in place longer here than south of the border. Business re-openings were delayed and travel severely limited until a slight relaxing on 29 May.
GAP Group, however, has been able to remain open throughout, serving construction firms undertaking essential work across Britain. The company’s MD for Scotland and North of England, Mark Anderson, played an important role in co-ordinating efforts for national hirers to secure ‘essential supplier’ status from the Government.
Iain Anderson, Mark’s uncle and GAP's Joint MD, believes that Scotland’s construction activity will now begin to pick up, with so much work needed to be completed on road, rail and hospital contracts.
“We kept 140 of our 146 depots open, with half of our workforce furloughed. A large proportion of our business is with utilities, contractors, power generation facilities and the like, and they needed our support as they continued to work.”
GAP’s ten specialist divisions have been supplying a broad range of equipment, from welfare cabins and toilets, to micro diggers and dual-view dumpers.
“We introduced measures like the use of counter screens, anti-bacteria sprays and hand hygiene products to protect our own staff, and our Non-Mech division has now added a range of site distancing solutions. These include barriers, fencing, gantries and queuing systems to enable customers' facilities to meet the new requirements. They’re proving very popular,” Iain told me.
What’s also interesting is the increased demand that GAP’s Vehicle Hire division is experiencing. In order to meet social distancing requirements, some contractors are now finding that mobile workers can’t share vans and so they need to have one each.
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