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Business owners offered helping hand to get doors back open as restrictions ease

Unify, a facilities management venture launched by the Bruntwood Group, has launched a dedicated support programme to help businesses in Manchester and Liverpool to safely reopen their offices after lockdown restrictions are lifted.

For businesses that wish to reopen in the summer, but that don’t have sufficient internal resources available to ensure they meet Covid-secure obligations, Unify has created a Return to Work ‘toolkit’ to support businesses in developing an action plan to reopen their buildings and offices.

Unify will offer guidance to businesses on planning communications to be shared with staff, suppliers and customers; introduce cleaning schedules to maintain outstanding hygiene standards and help companies assess and manage any potential risks to future closure presented by poor maintenance of their facilities.

From 29th March 2021, support will be made available through a free to download guide, while on 8th April Unify will host a free webinar, delivered in partnership with Bruntwood Works and as part of the Spark business support programme. Meanwhile, a number of businesses in the region can also benefit from direct, 30 minute consultation sessions provided by Unify’s cleaning specialists.

Headquartered in Manchester, Unify was launched by the Bruntwood Group in 2020 to offer a fresh approach to facilities management. Since the pandemic began, it has delivered over 100 sanitisation and fogging services to customers, and cleans over 1,000,000 sq ft of commercial and public sector offices, retail, healthcare, industrial and logistical environments every day.

Having secured 30 new contracts worth over £8m in revenue in its first 12 months of trading, Unify’s 400-strong in house team now delivers cleaning, window cleaning, specialist and technical services across a complete portfolio of over 5,000,000 sq ft. By maintaining spaces for people and business to thrive, it provides customers with flexible, exceptional, ethical services.

Simon Durbin, Soft Services Director at Unify, said: “Over the last 12 months, building and business owners have had a lot to think about – adhering to new regulations, maintaining contact with their teams from afar, perhaps even pivoting their usual services to maintain an income. And once offices and workspaces begin to open again, it’ll be all hands on deck to get back up and running as soon as possible.

“But while the transition of returning to work will be different for everyone, one thing is certain – not a single workplace will operate in the same way as before Coronavirus became part of our lives.

“Returning to work after something as seismic as the pandemic will require careful management of lots of processes, so to make this as smooth and simple a time as possible for business owners that want to navigate a path back to the office, we’ve launched our Return to the Workplace campaign.

“Using our team’s many years of expertise in cleaning and facilities management, we can take care of a building and its workspaces, helping with maintenance regimes to ensure everyone within it is safe, hygienic and as healthy as possible, while business owners focus on what really matters – their colleagues and customers, and creating a thriving future after such adversity.”

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