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BALI launches COVID-19 restart & rebuild strategy

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has launched its COVID-19 restart & rebuild strategy, incorporating three specific strands of support to help members out of lockdown.

The strategy has been designed to provide guidance and support to members in three ways: firstly, helping those individuals working for BALI members whose mental health may have suffered due to the virus; secondly, supporting member businesses with financial, HR and legal support, as well as professional advice for working safely whilst on site; and thirdly, promoting members to clients via the BALI website to generate new leads.

BALI’s chief executive, Wayne Grills, says: “The resilience and determination of our members to get back to work, safely and responsibly, continues to impress me. Throughout COVID-19 I have seen countless examples of ways in which members have supported each other, their local communities and frontline workers, and we owe it to them to ensure their businesses and employees are protected with professional guidance and support. That is why, today, we are announcing our latest strategy to do just that; support, promote and inspire.”

In May, BALI surveyed members to help identify how wide an impact the virus has had on members and their businesses and to find out how it could continue to help with guidance and support post lockdown. Highlights from the responses received include:

  • Over half of members (53%) have partially furloughed their workforce
  • 3% more staff working from home (51%) than those in on-site positions (48%) who are already back to work and adhering to strict social distancing measures
  • 40% of members have seen contracts postponed and 13% cancelled
  • Almost 40% of members reported that their company turnover will be affected for more than 12 months, with 20% reporting the hit will be more than 50%
  • Almost 60% of members applied for funds from the Job Retention Scheme
  • 63% of members want BALI to seek further clarity from government on ‘permitted works that are currently defined as outdoor working’
  • 72% of members want BALI to provide more guidance and support on ‘return to worksite-based guidance (safety measures for operatives and supervisors)’ and almost half want more help with ‘business development (marketing consideration)’.

To deliver the strategy, BALI is planning to support members through COVID-19 to 31 March 2021 and beyond if required. Although the team hopes things will return to normal soon, in the meantime, they will continue to support members longer term with a continual development plan that follows government advice pertaining to COVID-19 as well as any feedback attained from members.

If you are a BALI member and would like more information on the new strategy, including how you can get involved, contact the team at Landscape House on +44 (0)24 7669 0333 or email [email protected].

For the latest information and support material for COVID-19 visit BALI’s COVID-19 support page. The portal includes helpful documents and templates that can be downloaded free of charge. Some documents may be available for BALI members only and a login will be required.

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