It has been 5 weeks since we took the extraordinary decision to temporarily close the Green Grow Food factory at Aurora Sustainability Group, and what a rollercoaster of emotions it has been. It has been especially difficult as whatever decision was taken, we were letting the customers and the supply chain down, an impossible and immensely fearful situation to be in, however, such bold decisions had to be made if it meant our customers, staff and their families were to be kept as safe as possible.
We want to thank the support we have received from The Scottish Government, through the public agencies, and Bank of Scotland, along with our incredibly valued customers and suppliers, you have shone light in a dark place and reaffirmed the necessary decisions we felt duty bound to make for the greater good.
During this period of temporary closure, we have been able to plan our safe reopening and we are very excited to announce Green Grow Food will recommence food manufacture on Monday 1st of June 2020, with online shop (greengrowfoods.shop) enquiries opening from Monday 11th of May 2020. We have chosen the 1st of June 2020 to safely reopen food production and manufacture as we hope (and this is completely optimistic thinking but optimism must be cherished in this situation!) the virus will be on the downturn making it a safer and less fearful environment in which to operate.
To put your minds at rest, the safe reopening will include reintroduction of the following measures to mitigate risks:
-Social distancing – minimum 2 m apart at all times.
-Wearing protective masks at all times.
-Job & finish to minimise time on site.
-Breaks to support social distancing.
-Hourly site sanitising to eliminate infection.
-One staff entrance and exit to site.
-All staff that can work from home will remain off site.
The ideal scenario would have been to hibernate until this emergency situation was over, but it is not as simple as that. We have been fortunate to have been able hibernate at all, but we must return as we have loyal customers to serve, suppliers to support and a fantastic community at Green Grow.