Charles Watson Ironmongers announces that its Halifax and Leeds branches will suspend trading until further notice, in an attempt to help control the spread of Covid-19.

Andrew Smith, Managing Director, Charles Watson Ironmongers, says: “We believe suspending trading is the responsible approach to safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all our colleagues, customer and partners during this public health emergency.

“Charles Watson Ironmongers is contacting customers regarding outstanding orders that will now not be fulfilled and is closing its sites. Please do not call to place an order, our sites are closed to public access for the health and safety of our staff, customers and business partners. 

“We are acting independently of yesterday’s Construction Leadership Council Taskforce briefing with the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, when the Builders Merchants Federation received clarification on builders’ merchants’ operational status following the additional restrictions announced on Monday 23 March by the Government.

“Whilst this confirmed that merchants are a vital part of the construction supply chain and that it is important that they continue to support the construction industry to operate on sites, our priority remains the health, safety and welfare of our colleagues, customers, business partners and the wider community.

“We extend our warmest thanks for the positive support that we have received from our customers, our colleagues and their families, and our business partners. We will continue to update our website and social media over the coming days and weeks and look forward to serving you in the near future.”