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Dan

Dan

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We have a couple of threads running on the other forums. Trying to get people to give us a bit of an update weekly on how things are going for them in their trade. Thought I'd do the same for this forum too.

Let us know what's working right now for you, how you're getting business in. Let us know if you're struggling with something such as government support & grants etc, we'll see if we can help find the right information online for you.

Anything at all that'll help, add it to this thread.
 
R

RSD

Had an RTC back in June 2019 that prevented me from working for 5 months. Eventually got back to work towards the end of October 2019, albeit very limited with the type of work that I could do, because of the Accident.
Come March this year, I then had to 'shield' for 12 weeks, and just got back to work on 3rd August, but only getting a couple of jobs per week.
Being a Ltd Company there's no help at all out there, consequently I'm struggling financially, with very high prospects of having to close down.
Anybody else in a similar situation?
 
Alan Wright

Alan Wright

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I have started regular customer care visits again this week.

I am in an area with very low corona virus and I am only picking visits to customers in similar low case areas but it is a start. I made a trip from Norwich to Wales this week but I gave Manchester a miss.

I am hoping to get back to normal soon.
 
Keefy

Keefy

Plumber
Busiest I've ever been. Actually been passing work on to other tradesmen friends. Currently looking for workshop/lockup and office space to cope but a bit edgy that this could all just be a national trend which could collapse in a few months. Weird times.
 
Roy_66

Roy_66

Had an RTC back in June 2019 that prevented me from working for 5 months. Eventually got back to work towards the end of October 2019, albeit very limited with the type of work that I could do, because of the Accident.
Come March this year, I then had to 'shield' for 12 weeks, and just got back to work on 3rd August, but only getting a couple of jobs per week.
Being a Ltd Company there's no help at all out there, consequently I'm struggling financially, with very high prospects of having to close down.
Anybody else in a similar situation?
Hi RSD,

Really sorry to hear all that.

Just a silly thought, and please ignore me if this sounds dumb:

Have you thought about setting yourself up online and offering remote support to people that have the fitness but not the skills to sort their plumb problems. With tools like zoom, messenger(video), WhatsApp(video), Google(can't remember the name) etc. Etc. you have the necessary tools. Need to consider risks liability and insurance in that, but you know how to run a business.

For the physical stuff, do you have a good physio? (Perhaps post with your town and others could advise on that).

For driving I nolonger have my own vehicle, but switched to auto's some years ago which makes big difference for the legs. Suggest stick to an old fashioned reliable hydraulic type for that (not the expensive unreliable double clutch types).

Hoping you can find some solutions,

Roy (very amateur plumber, and not much fitness. Also shielding )
 
R

RSD

Hi RSD,

Really sorry to hear all that.

Just a silly thought, and please ignore me if this sounds dumb:

Have you thought about setting yourself up online and offering remote support to people that have the fitness but not the skills to sort their plumb problems. With tools like zoom, messenger(video), WhatsApp(video), Google(can't remember the name) etc. Etc. you have the necessary tools. Need to consider risks liability and insurance in that, but you know how to run a business.

For the physical stuff, do you have a good physio? (Perhaps post with your town and others could advise on that).

For driving I nolonger have my own vehicle, but switched to auto's some years ago which makes big difference for the legs. Suggest stick to an old fashioned reliable hydraulic type for that (not the expensive unreliable double clutch types).

Hoping you can find some solutions,

Roy (very amateur plumber, and not much fitness. Also shielding )
Thanks for that Roy - however I'd rather not give advice to 'DIYers', as there are 'The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999' that may have to be adhered to.

With regards to the Accident, I've already had/completed Physio.

No problem driving (manual gearbox) now.

The main issue is, that I'm a one man band and have lost a lot of my customer base - I also did a lot of work for Estate Agents, Landlords etc. It's going to be far too costly to basically start up all over again, especially at my age.
 
Roy_66

Roy_66

Thanks for that Roy - however I'd rather not give advice to 'DIYers', as there are 'The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999' that may have to be adhered to.

With regards to the Accident, I've already had/completed Physio.

No problem driving (manual gearbox) now.

The main issue is, that I'm a one man band and have lost a lot of my customer base - I also did a lot of work for Estate Agents, Landlords etc. It's going to be far too costly to basically start up all over again, especially at my age.
Hi RSD,

Glad to hear driving is ok.

For water regs that could be looked upon as a positive thing to explain to the young uns why it is worth doing it properly. Appreciate your concerns though.

Just another dumb thought, would you consider a training job down say the local tech college ( or whatever they are called these days ). JSA/ESA might be able to help with the costs of that (or any other ideas you might have).

Anyhow please ignore me if I'm being daft.

The world is in turmoil with the disruption of COVID so new opportunities that didn't exit before should be there somewhere. It does make the grey matter hurt thinking about it though.

If you go back to the plumbing and start simple I'm sure you will get customers back. There should be a build up of stuff that needs doing.

Hmmmm - take on an apprentice? ( or whatever the terminology is now)

Hope you can find a way.

Cheers,

Roy
 
Gerald Bailey

Gerald Bailey

Just started my own little concern, Frogman Facilities Management. Based on the Isle of Sheppy. Had a few small jobs but still fighting with old FM company for the money they owe me. But people need toilets unblocked wherever they live. Looking at linking up with plumbers in the same area to strengthen network
 
M

Murdoch

Res.Electrician
Phone still ringing a lot, enquires by email, could work 10 days per week but wont

the glass is definitely half full
 

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