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Client Update – Sweco Business Continuity (updated 8 April 2020)

Client Update – Sweco Business Continuity - News - MLM

The Sweco and MLM Crisis Management Team (CMT) is continuing to closely monitor the impact of Coronavirus and provide regular updates to our colleagues. We are following UK Government advice and are committed to protecting our colleagues, contractors and clients in all of our decisions.

Business people and measures update

It is too early to predict the impact of COVID-19 on the UK economy or on the Sweco business, but we continue to monitor the situation very closely.  Sweco is financially strong and stable, but we are considering a range of precautionary business resilience measures to enable us to protect our people and support the business through and beyond this global crisis.  Timely decisions now, will give us greater freedom of action downstream.

To manage the short-term downturn in work due to project slowdowns, pauses or cancellations caused by COVID-19, we have made some immediate decisions. Specifically, we have decided to defer all pay increases until October and will be maximising the Government’s job retention scheme as we furlough some of our colleagues over the coming weeks. For other colleagues, we will be looking to reduce their working week.  We are also taking further appropriate measures to reduce capital expenditure to ensure that our liquidity remains strong.

We remain committed to looking after the health and wellbeing of our colleagues.  However, it is of the utmost importance to us that throughout this uncertainty, we remain client focused and continue to deliver our projects.  Throughout this time, we will communicate regularly with our clients and partners to inform them of our decisions and will continue to work closely with them to meet their needs.

Closure of all offices

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 23 March 2020, we have today issued instructions to our colleagues in relation to the immediate closure of all of the Sweco and MLM offices. We also instructed all colleagues and sub-consultants who, up until this day, had been conducting surveys and/or had been on site, to leave site immediately and notify their clients of the company’s decision.

Sweco committed to delivering services to clients

Sweco remains open for business and we are more committed than ever to deliver our services to our clients. Where our work depends on us being at our client sites, we are currently asking our employees to go home until we can assess each situation and confirm that those individuals are to be classified as key workers and carrying out essential work. This will be considered on a case by case basis through both communication with our clients and a thorough review of government advice.

When we receive specific Coronavirus information from clients it is shared with relevant teams, and if necessary, escalated for review by Sweco’s CMT.

Staying connected

We have a robust process in place in order to maintain business continuity. All Sweco and MLM colleagues are now working from home and using Skype / Microsoft Teams to stay connected with each other and clients. We maintain a high level of communications across all our teams, with a dedicated intranet page for Coronavirus and business continuity information. We are also using video messaging to communicate all-company updates.

Sweco and MLM colleagues are reviewing and updating risk assessments as appropriate, with the focus on maintaining a safe working environment for themselves, our clients and contractors.

We remain committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and are doing our utmost to ensure that these extraordinary circumstances do not affect project delivery.

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