Boris Johnson’s recently announced roadmap out of lockdown and easing of Coronavirus restrictions means that many UK organisations will be preparing for their return to the workplace in Spring 2021.

Making staff, clients and suppliers feel safe, protected and comfortable on their return to work is of course a primary concern for all of us. If your business is opening for the first time since lockdown measures came into play last year, or are needing to replenish supplies, we here at Steel City can assist you. Of course, as well as looking after your own staff, any branded items that help your customers with their return to the workplace will be a great way to engage and build upon relationships. To help you get started, here are 5 back to work branded merchandise ideas you may want to consider:

Our 5 suggestions to help to plan your return to the workplace:

1. Provide protective and personal face coverings

FFP2 and KN95 Face masks are products we are able to supply and can provide medical standard protection for your workforce. However, with the global shortages for these types of PPE face masks and with key workers requiring these types of PPE masks first and foremost, there are some great alternative branded personal masks available. Choose from UK made face masks, reusable and washable options and single to full colour print coverage. If you are wanting to offer your team and clients something alongside a personalised face covering, we can supply antibacterial face mask cases and hygiene kits containing other protective essentials like hand sanitiser and protective gloves.

2. Make PPE available in the workplace

Keep germs at bay with high alcohol (70%+) hand sanitisers and antibacterial wipes at entrances, in kitchen and bathroom areas. With branded options available, you could also gift these types of items to clients or donate to organisations you support. Protective gloves and thermometers could also be key items to have available in the workplace.

3. Encourage social distancing with branded signage, self-adhesive floor vinyl and safety barriers

Back to work branded merchandise is often overlooked – but you may need to invest in signage and/or barriers.  A change to access to your premises, or the layout of till areas or working/canteen spaces could be needed. Branded queue barriers can act as a guide and inform visitors and employees where to go.

4. Help protect your workers with brandable sneeze shields or desk separators

Particularly for those who are client facing, portable sneeze shields will act as a temporary barrier to help to protect your workforce. Desk separators are also available (unbranded) to provide a working space barrier in offices.

5. Consider gifting antibacterial branded items to your workforce or clients

A way to welcome back your team or your clients into the workplace and make them feel at ease could be with antibacterial branded gifts. Treated with a specialist  antibacterial finish, these products will help to ensure a germ free environment whether you are in the office or out and about. There are all sorts of antibacterial promotional options available, from drinkware, pens, bags to hands free door openers. We also offer a number of branded gifts that can be personalised with individual names on to avoid the spread of germs.

With the high demand for buying in bulk of PPE products, minimum order quantities will apply. Availability of stocks can fluctuate daily and lead times vary, but the team is on hand to advise you and tailor options to suit your requirements.

If you are interested in any of the above back to work branded merchandise ideas, please get in touch with the team. If you would rather speak to one of the team, we would love to chat through ideas with you, or even just touch base with how you and your business are doing!

Please call us on 0114 275 4150 or email us.

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Please note this blog has been updated from the original post in May 2020