Following Boris Johnson\u2019s initial announcement about lockdown, the first few weeks were filled with questions about what was to come. \r\n\r\nI spent huge amounts of time on the phone to my clients, discussing CBILS, CJRS, SBRR grants & SEISS \u2013 an array of acronyms that took some time to get our heads around while the government was still developing the legislation.\r\n\r\nAs things calmed down, I began to settle into this new normal way of working remotely and was happy to see everyone pull together remarkably well. Our 75-strong team in Nottingham have been working from home since late March, using remote desktop functionality to access our network. \r\n\r\nThis system has been great during lockdown, enabling the team to use their laptops or home computers just as they would in the office by mirroring the office network.\r\n\r\nWe have also benefitted from regular use of Microsoft Teams, which has provided us with the tools to make voice and video calls, access instant messaging services and arrange virtual meetings with colleagues and clients.\u00a0\r\n\r\nOne of the best changes we\u2019ve made since Covid-19 is becoming almost completely paperless. While we previously produced paper files and printed documents to provide our clients with physical copies \u2013 much like the rest of the accountancy sector \u2013 we have now developed a new system whereby we store this data electronically and attend client meetings with all documentation saved onto a laptop. \r\n\r\nThis initiative was already in motion before the pandemic hit, supported by our use of cloud accounting programmes like Xero, but Covid-19 forced us to speed up this transition and adapt quickly to a more modern way of working by taking the majority of our processes online. Billing and invoices are also now carried out electronically, making it easier for our staff members to work from home and improving the business\u2019 carbon footprint \u2013 something we look forward to continuing.\r\n\r\nWe are incredibly grateful for the way in which everyone at UHY Nottingham has come together to support our clients as much as possible, despite the limitations initially faced when working from home.\r\n\r\nDespite not being able to socialise in person, we have been encouraging staff to participate in regular social interaction, attending virtual Friday drinks and a series of office-wide quizzes on a regular basis to make sure we keep team spirits high until we can reunite when it is safe to do so. \r\n\r\nA regular update has also been issued weekly to both our London and Nottingham offices, detailing personal accounts from different team members about their Covid-19 experience, highlighting their highs and lows over the past few months.\r\n\r\nWe have also introduced a well-being section on our intranet, which provides staff members with access to mental health resources and puts them in contact with a dedicated team that act as confidants during difficult times.\r\n\r\nIn terms of reopening the UHY Nottingham office, we are hoping to do this in phases over the coming months. We currently have two members of the admin team in the building on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to fulfil duties that cannot be carried out remotely \u2013 such as dealing with the post \u2013 and we are working on introducing new precautionary measures to ensure the environment is as safe as possible.\u00a0\r\n\r\nHand sanitiser has to be used upon entry, along with other government regulations like logging staff member\u2019s attendance should they stop by to pick up office equipment. We are also carrying out regular cleaning to make sure surfaces are as sterile as possible.\u00a0\r\n\r\nWe are continuing to monitor the situation and will be taking the appropriate measures to stick to strict health and safety guidelines once the remainder of our team returns to the office.\u00a0\r\n\r\nWe have also put together a survey to gather information on how people are feeling about returning to work, any worries or concerns they may have and the measures they would like us to put in place to protect their safety at work.