All at FIS are saddened by the loss of our Queen and join our community and nation in mourning, but also express our gratitude for her unwaivering period of public service. We send our deepest condolences to her family in their time of mourning.
The Government is currently working with the Royal Household on how to commemorate the life of Her Majesty, and further guidance will be available in coming days.
At present businesses across the UK should continue to operate normally but there are some considerations you may wish to make, including:
- providing an opportunity for your staff to offer their condolences, either by providing your own book of condolence or by directing them to the online book of condolence at the Royal website;
- identifying arrangements made by Local Authorities to lay floral or memorial tributes;
- signposting staff on how to donate to one of The Queen’s patronages, with information available on the Royal website;
- identifying whether your business location is likely to be impacted by arrangements made by Local Authorities, or events planned in central London, and planning your response;
- considering any changes you might wish to make to your website and social media activities; and
- where you have flags, lowering them to half mast.
The Royal Household will be the primary source of information on mourning arrangements, and will set out arrangements on Lying-in-State and the State Funeral. Businesses are encouraged to follow updates on www.gov.uk and the Royal Website.
Your Local Authority will also be updating their own websites on local arrangements, including any events they may organise which might impact on the locality of your business or local travel. Members working in London will need to consider carefully the impact on logistics in London in the wake of increased visitors and possible road closures. We are aware that the CLC are in contract with TFL to ensure any major issues are addressed and communictaed.