As the coronavirus continues to severely impact us all, I want to share the steps, we at Colart are taking to keep our community safe. Throughout it all, the health and wellbeing of our employees, artists and partners is our top priority.
Many of our sites are in parts of the world under lock-down. We therefore continue to review and evolve our operations in each location as the situation changes, taking the latest guidance from our local governments and global health organisations. So far, we have taken action to do our part in helping slow the spread of the virus by temporarily closing some of our offices and switching these teams to remote working. We have also temporarily closed our production facilities in areas of lock-down, while those in China have recently reopened with enhanced quality and safety standards in place. I’m particularly proud of the collaboration I’ve seen across borders within Colart: our learnings in China have helped us to introduce effective protocols throughout our business and our teams have been swift and positive to react and share. This really is a family, and it’s at times like these that we show our unity.
Around the world, many of our retail business partners are suffering with loss of trade and closure. We are working closely to support them as they switch their focus to their online operations and engagement.
A vast majority of our artist community is now at home on lock-down and each of our brands have reached out to their audiences with reassurance and an exciting range of content. Imagination and creativity are needed now, more than ever, and we are helping to fill their days by releasing a host of free resources via our websites, social and email channels. These include a new library of Winsor & Newton masterclasses, acrylic projects and how-to videos from Liquitex, new tutorials and technical guides from Lefranc Bourgeois, along with face painting and craft ideas from Snazaroo, designed to keep families entertained. We also continue to offer technical support via our customer care teams.
Art is more than creating pictures and patterns. It’s a way that society can transcend difficulties and draw closer, so stay safe and stay connected. Wishing you and your families the best of health.
Dennis van Schie,
Chief Executive Officer