Supporting the fight against Covid-19 – what can companies do?
By Hugo Tilmouth, ceo, ChargedUp
With the Covid-19 Pandemic spreading it is important for companies of all sizes to make a contribution to help contain and fight the virus. We are seeing many companies coming forward and taking action. One way to help is by providing something that we all need in the current circumstances, for example, access to hand sanitiser.
This is where we realised that at ChargedUp, Europe’s largest phone charging network, we can make our contribution.
We are switching our network of charging stations to hand sanitiser stations. We have named this initiative CleanedUp and aim to give our support to the UK’s efforts to combat COVID-19.
We are working with our UK manufacturing partners and we are converting our free-standing phone charging stations into hand sanitizing dispensers, to be used in supermarkets; train stations; pharmacies; food outlets; essential shops and shopping centres; and hospitals.
At ChargedUp we have the capacity to produce over 1000+ a month if needed and supply enough Alcohol and Non-Alcohol sanitiser to keep each station full.
The CleanedUp project has been created to help venues provide hand sanitising facilities for their customers; keeping everyone safe and giving confidence during and after the crisis.
ChargedUp is providing all the hardware and the hand sanitiser at cost price to any venue in need.
With the majority of our usual network of pubs, clubs, cafes and shopping centres closing down due to the COVID-19 crisis, we wanted to find a way to use our skills, our resources and our network to help during what is a tough period for everyone. We have a strong creative team, so we put our heads together – virtually, not physically! – and CleanedUp was born. We really hope it can help both workers and customers stay safe now and in the future.
As I said many other companies are also making a contribution in the UK and elsewhere. We can all do something whichever sector we are in.
For example, accountants such as The Tax Guys will be putting free resources on their websites to help businesses navigate the changes being introduced by the Government.
And, the “magical messaging” chocolate company, Morse Toad has launched an initiative to help people send a chocolate morale boost to their friends and family working for the NHS. They are doing this at cost with the goal of reaching as many NHS staff as possible.
I hope these examples will inspire you to think about what your business can do to support the efforts to fight the virus and to help us support each other at a personal level.
ChargedUp is Europe’s largest phone charging network. Building on the British philosophy to promote sustainable innovations, ChargedUp gives customers power on demand through its network of portable power banks. It also provides venues with a unique marketing tool that drives footfall and increases dwell time. 50 people work for the young company, which has expanded its charging network to over 3000 stations across the UK, Netherlands and Germany since 2017. The ChargedUp app now has around 210,000 users.