Pro Installer April 2020 - Issue 85

PROINSTALLER.CO.UK THE VOICE OF THE TRADE ISSUE 85 APRIL 2020 FREE 14 DOCOs in NI 20 The ERA now 28 Pros & conservatories 42 Three-point terms Designing out crime officers build a safer and stronger Belfast. Improve skills and increase profits with ERA’s no-fee security Installer Scheme. An Icoroof case study tops the bill for April’s Outdoor Living special. A trio of tips to maintain vans during lockdown and hygiene on the road. CORONAVIRUS ANNOUNCEMENT Pro Installer is committed to our readers during this unprecedented time. For industry events, please check dates and times on the individual organisers’ own websites and social media. For the latest news and online issues visit WHAT DOES COVID-19 MEAN FOR UK INDUSTRY? Stay home. Take care. Stay safe. From all at Pro Installer. With the Coronavirus pandemic escalating day by day and businesses being forced to suspend operations a new industrial revolution may be upon us. David Leng, group chief executive at Customade Group, gives his thoughts on how the industry can react. No one could have predicted the speed and intensity with which Covid-19 would spread. The pandemic has forced every business to change how they operate, with home-working now a ne- cessity for most people. It is a tremendously difficult time for the nation and the disruption to many indus- tries has been huge. With most companies having to close their doors for the foreseeable future, we must find ways to keep in touch with fellow colleagues and customers and be ready to resume business when this crisis is over. Internet usage has accelerated at a phenome- nal rate with Virgin Media reporting that the Corona- virus lockdown doubled the UK’s daytime internet usage. WhatsApp revealed that the number of video David Leng, group chief executive at Customade Group calls recorded across the platform has also doubled during the crisis. Addition- ally, use of video confer- encing tools and apps like Skype, Facetime, Zoom and Houseparty, have also surged as people turn to them to stay in touch with work colleagues, separated family members and friend- ship groups. One thing that we can be sure of is that this pattern of usage will continue as people spend more time in isolation to try to slow the spread of the virus. With the online landscape transforming in front of our eyes, this industry has to be prepared to adapt to a new future and a new digital age. Story continues on page 2 THE AWARD WINNING FITTED IN MINUTES ALUMINIUM ROOF LANTERN STRONGER Performance Engineered FASTER Glazed in seconds WARMER Thermally Broken 5 Working Days Lead Time GET A QUOTE TODAY: [email protected] SLIMMER Uninterrupted Sight Lines Call: 01642 610799 | PRO-INSTALLER_front_page_Korniche_2020.indd 1 ORDER TO DELIVERY FROM A FAST find us on facebook 12/12/2019 13:43