By Tracy Lewis, Managing Director
“The light is not at the end of the tunnel. The light is wherever you are. If you keep thinking your resolve lies in the future then it will always be just out of reach.”
I love this quote. Why? Because I believe that every day you have an opportunity to make a difference regardless of the situation we find ourselves in.
The roadmap to coming out of lockdown has given us renewed energy (pardon the pun!), but let’s not forget what can be done today and every day between now and the day that we come out of this all together. When we do we will be better prepared and may even give ourselves just a little more time to enjoy that wonderful time when we can be with our friends, family, colleagues and clients.
Getting ahead is vital certainly in the case of the recent updates to the Heat Network Regulations for UK landlords, which places new legal obligations on landlords with qualifying buildings in the UK. Long awaited changes to these regulations came into force in November 2020, which will see the requirement for many landlords to undertake cost effectiveness evaluations for the installation of heat meters by 27 November 2021, and to install heat meters by 01 September 2022 (where installations are deemed to be cost effective). This is a complex piece of legislation, which may have very costly implications that need to be considered early for 2022 budgets. We will be running two webinars on this subject on 16th March and again on 20th April and look forward to seeing you on one of those session by registering here.
On the subject of Budgets, we await the highly anticipated Budget from Rishi Sunak which is being presented today. Support measures for sectors such as retail, hospitality and travel are expected, along with a roadmap out of furlough. With the UK hosting the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November, we are expecting there to be a strong environmental stance. Watch out for our Budget update later this week.
The roadmap to returning to business as usual will need much thought. We have made our offices COVID-19 safe with changes in ventilation systems, door systems with temperature control and daily cleaning regimes to name a few. Whilst that will give comfort for many to return to the workplace, for some the thought of physical interaction where they may not have done so for many months is something that will need a great deal of compassion and consideration. We must start those conversations now and ensure that the necessary interventions are in place to ensure that the light is shining brightly for all.