COVID-19 - IfM ECS Company Statement

Below is a statement from IfM Education and Consultancy Services, Chief Executive Officer, Dr David Lott in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.



Given the UK government’s announcement of further restrictions to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, I wanted to update you on the status of IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS), and how we are working to address the situation, protect our staff and continue to serve our clients.


Following the decision last week by the University of Cambridge to close its physical premises, the Institute for Manufacturing has moved to a remote working model and is following government guidelines. We will continue to operate in this capacity for as long as required, and we encourage everyone to protect themselves and their communities.


This is an unprecedented time, and we know that there will be unexpected challenges for businesses and individuals in the weeks and months ahead. While we will be working remotely, we will continue to operate as close to normal as possible and to deliver the quality our clients know and expect from us.


We have already begun to deliver events and workshops virtually, and we are developing new content to help guide manufacturers through this uncertain time.


We are also helping the UK government respond to the crisis. The IfM Policy Links Unit has compiled a report for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on international approaches to supporting manufacturing supply chains and workforces through COVID-19. The report will inform UK policy responses aimed at addressing the adverse impacts of the coronavirus on manufacturing.


The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) is also helping to coordinate the industry response to COVID-19. This includes gathering a list of resources and collaborative projects for manufacturers and engineers. If you know of things you feel we should add to this page, please email us.


In addition, you can browse all of the IfM’s existing resources that might be of help to you and your business, including reports, webinars, briefings and articles.


This is a unique crisis, one where the manufacturing community can play a critical role in responding to public health needs and in saving lives. I’m sure you are all working out how best to move through this uncertain period for your business and your employees. Be assured that throughout this time, IfM ECS will continue to be there to provide advice and guidance should you require additional support.


Dr David Lott

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