The last few weeks have been extraordinary times and continue to be so, but we have an extraordinary community - made up of both our Axminster staff and you, our customers. Over the next few weeks, and even months, we'll be doing our very best to look after each and every one of those individuals. How we intend to do that is summarised below. For full detail, please read the latest letter from our Managing Director, Alan Styles at the bottom of this page.
Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 23rd March, our Axminster Tools & Machinery stores and Skill Centres will be temporarily closed until further notice. There is nothing more important to us than the safety and wellbeing of both our staff and customers, so whilst closing our retail outlets is a sad day, it's a move that we wholeheartedly support.
Our heavy goods deliveries are continuing to happen. However, prior to our arrival a member of our team will be in contact to check the following;
If the answer is yes to either of these questions, your delivery will be deferred and re-booked for at least 14 days later.
Our servicing visits will not be going ahead for the foreseeable future. For any enquiries please contact our Customer Service team.
We are working hard to maintain the high standards of service, support and product availability that you have come to expect from us. It's important to us whilst doing this we help to protect our staff but also that we protect any impact to our business, and in turn, yours. Here's what our measures will mean for you and how you interact with us:
The last few weeks have been extraordinary times and continue to be so, but we have an extraordinary community - made up of both our Axminster staff and you, our customers. Over the next few weeks, and even months, we'll be doing our very best to look after each and every one of those individuals.
It goes without saying that we're doing our utmost to continue to provide you with the exceptional service, knowledge and product availability that you've come to expect from us. Behind the scenes we've made adjustments such as moving to remote working, upping our already stringent hygiene practices and working to protect those amongst us that are most vulnerable or have the most interaction with the public. We've taken the decision to temporarily shut our Skill Centres and will be constantly reviewing each of our retail outlets which, for now, remain open to the public for as long as it is safe to do so. Please note: since sending this statement, government guidance has led to our stores being closed until further notice.
Meanwhile, both our website and distribution centre remain open and fully functional, supported by our contact centre and good stock levels. I want to reassure you that, should you need us over the next few weeks, we're here for you. Whether that's with product advice over the phone, plenty of 'How To' projects, tips and insights on our Knowledge site, or even a bit of friendly chat with like-minded woodworkers over on our Customer Forum or via our social media channels. If you're a business, our dedicated Business Services team are still on hand to support you with whatever you need to keep your business operating through these difficult times.
We're monitoring the situation closely and will continue to follow the advice given by the government. Our priority always is the safety and wellbeing of our staff and customers. Should we need to change the way that we're working to ensure this, we will let you know.
Finally, I want to say thank you for your support. Whether you've been a customer since our inception nearly fifty years ago, or you're just joining our community now; thank you.
Please look after yourselves and your families, Alan.