A message from our Founder, Steve Skinner
You are not alone
How much the world seems to have changed in the last couple of weeks; it seemed unimaginable that we would ever be in a total lock-down in the UK. So we really hope that everyone is coping as well as can be expected, both physically and mentally. It’s going to be a tough few months but we will come through this.
I wanted to personally update you on the situation here at brewery. During this crisis, like everyone, our staff and clients are our first concern, so we are adapting day by day. We will be down-scaling our business from Wednesday 1st April until the ‘stay at home advice’ is updated, when we will review the situation again.
Our beloved brewery is still operational
We will retain key production staff to allow us to continue to supply bottled beers to supermarkets and shops across the UK which have remained open, and will enable these trade customers to keep stocking our beers through the duration of the pandemic.
With our online shop orders classified as essential by Boris, and with robust safety measures in place to protect our staff, we are continuing to offer this service. I have implemented strict measures throughout the brewery and logistics network to ensure that customers’ orders are dispatched with the highest priority and without delay.
Once the pubs reopen, we can obviously switch our attention to the production of cask and keg orders very quickly in time to replenish supplies.
Head Office – we are mainly closed
In accordance with government advice, many of our staff will be ‘furloughed’ over the coming weeks. This means that they will cease their usual daily activities and be placed on temporary leave from the close of business Tuesday 31st March to protect their health and livelihoods.
However, a member of the office staff will continue to monitor the main email address – firstname.lastname@example.org – and voicemails, but please bear with us during this difficult period as admin resources will obviously be lower. Our social media channels will also be a bit quieter over the coming months but don’t worry, we’ll be back with a vengeance for beer-related banter soon!
Our Tap House – we are closed
The Old Ale House, our only managed pub, is now closed and will remain so until further information and guidance is available. The team are already looking forward to reopening and seeing many familiar faces soon.
On a more positive note…
We’re already dreaming of the day when Boris gets up on that podium and says to the whole country: ‘Go forth and party like you’ve never partied before. Drink pint after pint of your favourite Skinner’s beer, hug everyone you see, dance, sing and laugh, and do not any under circumstances leave the pub for at least a week.’
Until that time, hold on in there. We’re all in this together and we won’t be leaving anyone behind. The British public love their local pubs and neighbourhood restaurants, and can’t wait to return.