An estate agency boss in Scotland has set up a company that distributes hand sanitising and PPE equipment to help him pay his furloughed staff the 20% of their salaries not covered by the government.
Tom Sheridan, who runs the Clydebank Estate Agency near Glasgow as well as a separate property management company, has set up Dr Sanitser and branded up a van to complete deliveries of protective masks, push dispensers, gloves, distance tape and face shields.
His new venture already has a busy order book including bars and churches, and he plans to keep the business going even if the Scottish government allows estate agents to re-open on June 18th.
“A number of elderly people have also contacted me to deliver masks and sanitiser for when they are allowed back out. I haven’t charged them though as they have no other route to access these supplies,” he says.
Sheridan believes there will a rush of orders as the Scottish government moves to allow retailers, pubs, restaurants, schools, gyms, cinemas and museums to re-open.
“The PPE hasn’t been particularly expensive to buy, so I have purchased it out my own pocket and then companies contact me to install it in their premises in line with government guidelines,” he told local media.
“Any profit I make will hopefully go towards making sure my staff at the estate agency are financially stable.”