As we approach the end of 2020, we thought we would look back over everything this testing year has thrown at us. Considering we faced a global pandemic and months of Lockdown restrictions, we’re proud to say the Revere Contracts team pulled together and weathered the storm, and we’re now thankfully about to kickstart 2021 on a high.
We planned ahead
We knew we would go into Lockdown here in Scotland, based on what other countries were doing, so thankfully we were able to plan ahead. We used the weeks leading up to Lockdown to focus on our systems of operation; how we could operate without a physical office, how we could distribute our information effectively and efficiently to our contractors, clients, architects, and building control officers. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say!
We worked remotely
Like the rest of the nation, we quickly became very well acquainted with Zoom and moved everything to video meetings and remote site surveys for example, and this saved us a colossal amount of time. We also moved everything to cloud-based systems and invested in a number of different kinds of software to get us ahead of the competition.
One of our biggest moves in 2020 was to change from one business to a group structure to protect all the different areas of trading we have – separating commercial and domestic work for example. As bad as Lockdown was, it actually proved to be a valuable time in that it gave us an opportunity to really look at our business model objectively and see how we could improve.
We weren’t afraid to ask for help
There were worrying times, of course – we had a few shop fits booked in and sadly the companies ceased trading. There was a lot of anxiety around how we could sustain the staff wages with literally zero income. However, the government stimulus packages such as the furlough scheme and bounce back loans were a great aid to us.
We bounced back
As soon as Lockdown ended, we were back in business. In fact, we were in higher demand than ever before! Clearly being stuck at home for such an extended amount of time had a big effect on a lot of homeowners, and we were literally inundated with enquiries about renovations, extensions, and conversions.
We adapted to the changes
We’re grateful that, on the whole, the construction industry hasn’t been as adversely affected by the pandemic as other areas. We are of course following the strict guidelines relating to how many people can be on-site at one time and ensuring everyone has the correct PPE for example. These are common-sense measures and we’re happy to continue to stick to them for as long as is necessary to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our team and our clients.
Despite the uncertainty of 2020, we had confidence we could make it through. We’ve worked hard over the past few years to make a name for ourselves as a building company with integrity, and for this reason we’re continuing to grow throughout Glasgow and central Scotland. It has also given us the confidence to take the leap and start operations in Manchester, with our first batch of contracts due to commence there in January 2021. The city is going through serious regeneration and it’s an exciting prospect that we’re going to be a part of it.
We made it through
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all our team for their hard work this year – you’ve faced every challenge and done us proud! We would also like to thank each and every one of our clients who have entrusted us with their home improvement projects. Lockdown 2020 served to reinforce to us all just how much homes matter and that’s why we’re looking ahead to 2021 with optimism.