A Christmas message from MD Steve Hudson
What a year! Who could have ever predicted it?
Looking back to March, I was ready to set off on my 2CV challenge, with £20k already raised for Dementia UK and another £20k promised, we were hopeful to reach £50k by the end of the challenge.
A mate of mine kept saying ‘what about Covid?’, how will that affect your challenge?’ I kept saying, ‘Oh it’ll be ok, its only a bit of a cold, we’ll be fine. How wrong I was!’ We finally decided to postpone, just days before we went into first lockdown. It was a sad decision but with no other option.
Then, like many other business owners, I spent days staring into the abyss during the initial lockdown, wondering and planning how long we could survive with the business shut down for an unspecified amount of time!
Thankfully, only a few short weeks passed, we started slowly coming back to work, supporting those companies that were providing products to key workers.
Fast forward on to the summer. Our volumes were up by 50% across all businesses, we were struggling to cope, implementing night shifts with staff in 7 days a week, hiring extra vehicles and our office and warehouse full of very tired staff. But in the typical British fashion they all stepped up to the challenge and continue to do a sterling job in supporting our clients’ needs in this unprecedented time.
If only I had a crystal ball, I’d have acquired another warehouse and filled it with enough product to fill several stadiums! We’ve suffered with stock outs and delays like many others, but thanks to our customers’ loyalty and understanding, together we have got through the year in good shape, we really do appreciate your business.
So what of 2021? Could it be the darkest recession in history or much the same as now, who knows? But we are here to provide a service to our clients, we’ll do it with a smile on our face and to the best of our ability. We welcome all our existing clients and hopefully some new ones to experience the series of new products that will come to market in 2021.
I wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year. Thank you once again for your business, we really do appreciate it.
MD at Alutech Systems and JDUK.
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