The health and wellbeing of our clients and of our own personnel and their families is, of course, of primary importance. We also recognise that, for our clients, the farming and business calendar has not stopped and there are still deadlines to be met with BPS claims, environmental stewardship and planning applications and appeals, and across the range of our clients’ other farming and property related business activities.
Acorn RPC has changed how we operate to enable us to continue to provide existing and new clients with as normal a service as possible. The office is closed but we are still dealing with incoming and outgoing post where e-mail correspondence is not possible. We would encourage those of our clients who are not already communicating with us by e-mail to consider doing so. We have excellent IT and computer systems and have been working remotely with full access to all our computer files for years. Our personnel are therefore now working remotely instead of from the office.
We have suspended face to face meetings but are still able to carry out unaccompanied site visits and inspections. When we are on site, we will observe the advised protocols to limit the risks of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Where necessary, we can have a conversation at a distance in a farmyard or a building before and/or after an inspection to clarify any points that can not be dealt with on the telephone.
Although the lockdown is temporary, we do appreciate that, for some of our clients in the most affected sectors, its impact may be significant and long lasting and that, for some others, it may be the catalyst that accelerates changes that they have been considering making for some time. Where that is the case, and clients need our professional input, we will, of course, be there to provide it.