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marsbar 24 Mar 2020

I will start with this one.  

Please add to the list of companies who have responded the right way.

https://www.bmstores.co.uk/news/covid-19-1-million-foodbank-support

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stevieb 24 Mar 2020
In reply to marsbar:

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/business-51870146

Morrisons were out of the blocks pretty early with assistance for their suppliers.

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Bob Kemp 24 Mar 2020
In reply to marsbar:

At the moment I can think of more bad companies than good (for a separate thread?). But I did see Timsons are shutting their shops but still paying their staff in full:

https://www.timpson.co.uk/covid19-updates

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marsbar 24 Mar 2020
In reply to Bob Kemp:

I thought we needed a positive thread.  

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wintertree 24 Mar 2020
In reply to marsbar:

Dyson are busting a nut to produce a medical regulatory compliant ventilator and production line.  They’re definitely not flavour of the month around here though.

Microsoft have been building capacity on Teams at a phenomenal rate; this is proving critical to a lot of big organisations almost instantly moving to everyone working from home.  That would have been unthinkable even a few years ago.

Northumbrian Water for giving us nice brown tap water this evening to distract us?

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marsbar 24 Mar 2020
In reply to wintertree:

I hope it gets back to normal soon.  

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Bob Kemp 24 Mar 2020
In reply to marsbar:

Of course - I'm happy to keep it positive. Just struggling for examples so far.

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Bob Kemp 24 Mar 2020
In reply to wintertree:

I understand Microsoft are keeping hourly paid staff on full pay, but it's not clear what exactly this means. 

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wintertree 24 Mar 2020
In reply to marsbar:

> I hope it gets back to normal soon.  

The tap water or everything?

We went into near total isolation a week ago as I refused to be a part of the governments apparent “strategy” and our region was starting to get cases.  It’s been a revelation to me - stay at home parenting is almost infinitely better than going to work.  

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girlymonkey 24 Mar 2020
In reply to Bob Kemp:

Timpsons have long had a reputation of being good to staff. My husband worked for them for a while dry cleaning. He hated the job, but said he couldn't fault them as a company. The treat their staff as people, not numbers, they take on people who are leaving the criminal justice system etc

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captain paranoia 24 Mar 2020
In reply to Bob Kemp:

> But I did see Timsons are shutting their shops but still paying their staff in full:

I would have thought they would have been key workers...

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Blue Straggler 24 Mar 2020
In reply to captain paranoia:

Bravo! 

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abr1966 24 Mar 2020
In reply to captain paranoia:

Top drawer!!

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Bob Kemp 24 Mar 2020
In reply to captain paranoia:

Thanks - just the kind of joke we need to get us through 'lock'down...

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angry pirate 25 Mar 2020
In reply to Bob Kemp:

Yep, I won't be hurrying to Spoons for a celebratory pint once this is over.

Not sure whether data supports this but Tesco have impressed me in terms of customer comms and their speed in rolling out rationing.

Kudos too to Virgin who texted me to let me know I had unlimited call time and 10 GB data for the month so I could keep in touch with loved ones!

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ChrisBrooke 25 Mar 2020
In reply to captain paranoia:

> > But I did see Timsons are shutting their shops but still paying their staff in full:

> I would have thought they would have been key workers...

UKC comment of the week nomination. 

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steve taylor 25 Mar 2020
In reply to marsbar:

Our local telecomms (mobile) company has given me free data roaming.

Shame I can't leave the country to use it.

Chuffing comedians!

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marsbar 25 Mar 2020
In reply to wintertree:

The water.  I don't think the other is changing anytime soon.  

However its wonderful that you get to spend time with your little one.  

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Presley Whippet 25 Mar 2020
In reply to angry pirate:

> Yep, I won't be hurrying to Spoons for a celebratory pint once this is over.

> Not sure whether data supports this but Tesco have impressed me in terms of customer comms and their speed in rolling out rationing.

> Kudos too to Virgin who texted me to let me know I had unlimited call time and 10 GB data for the month so I could keep in touch with loved ones!

If only they treated their airline staff so well. 

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aln 25 Mar 2020
In reply to marsbar:

I was a self-employed taxi driver, paying a taxi company for use and maintenance of a car, and the use of the radio, jobs supplied through it etc. Despite the company offering a discount in the fees I paid I wasn't taking in enough to even cover this never mind make anything for myself. And obviously social distancing would've been impossible. So as of last Monday I'm unemployed. 😣 But...the company have waived the fees for my last 2 weeks. 😀

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marsbar 25 Mar 2020
In reply to aln:

That's something

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JimbotheScot 25 Mar 2020

local greengrocer / butcher

plenty food left of a good quality, great customer service and doing click and collect when massive chains have none

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mag_to_grid 25 Mar 2020
In reply to marsbar:

Home Bargains, I was at their HQ on Business a few days ago and it is literally all hands to the pump from the top down. Their workers in a shop I went to today were very good too enforcing social distancing and the shelves have adequate stuff on. 

I have a new found massive respect for anyone working in the "frontline" in retail at the minute.

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Mr Lopez 25 Mar 2020
In reply to marsbar:

Not gonna put a link as it probably breaks a posting guideline or twenty, but pornhub is doing their bit to help people stay home by giving free premium access to anyone agreeing to stay home or follow the government guidelines if they can't isolate. Genius

(Just a screenshot of the 'agreement' page) https://i.imgur.com/3hhW6qw.jpg

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nufkin 25 Mar 2020
In reply to Mr Lopez:

>  pornhub is doing their bit to help people stay home by giving free premium access to anyone agreeing to stay home 

It's going to be hard to suppress a private smirk whenever people say they're 'self-isolating' now

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