24th March 2020
SIM FRAME IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Notice from the team at SIM
Following the latest government announcement, SIM Frame will be temporarily closed for business and production as of the 24th of March. This is in order to maintain the protection of staff during this difficult time and to adhere to government advice which is to stay at home unless absolutely necessary unless you are employed as a key worker.
This decision has not been easy, but in order to maintain the protection of our staff and their families as well as follow government advice, this is the right decision at this time. We are a dedicated team and it remains the highest priority to ensure our staff are safe and protected during this pandemic.
Our customer service team will remain available to talk through questions, queries or existing orders for the remainder of this week as they are working from home. This is a heartbreaking situation that I know many of our customers have faced themselves during these unprecedented times. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but if government advice is adhered to over the next few weeks and the rate of infection calms then these restrictions may be lifted, in which case we reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
If you currently have an order with us, production will be paused at its current stage for the time being. At this point, some orders may be part way through production and will be continued as soon as restrictions are lifted and work can resume. Unfortunately due to factors outside of our control, we do not know how long this will be but as soon as restrictions are eased, we will continue with production from the point of closure.
While this situation has been building over the past few weeks to an inevitable point, we completely appreciate that customers will of course be disappointed with being left waiting or without orders during this period. We want to ensure we work with customers during this time to ease any stress while supporting and reassuring you where possible. If this subsequent delay is not suitable for your particular order that’s currently with us, please get in touch with the team this week via the phone 01707 273 747, email [email protected] or online chat via https://www.simimaging.co.uk/.
Our dedicated customer support team will be monitoring all channels of communication for customers from the safety of their homes during this time. We can discuss your order and the needs of you and your clients, but until restrictions are lifted we cannot give specific time frames on when production will resume. Rest assured, we are here to help as we always have been and will remain to be and our aim is to be up and running again as soon as possible.
Our ordering system will remain live 24/7 online, as will our winter sale discount until the 31st of March using code WINTER2020. You can continue to place orders throughout this time, all of which will be produced once we have reopened. Please be assured we will be in touch as soon as we are open again but for this week our customer service team will be on hand for any questions, queries or concerns.
We know that everyone in the UK and indeed the world are facing similar issues while trying to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. However we are acutely aware that many of our customers in particular have been hit hard by this ordeal with lots of you being self employed business owners. We are pledging to help and support you as much as we possibly can moving forward, and please know that our community will remain strong throughout this ordeal. Our thoughts are with our customers and their families during this time and we will be here to talk on all of our channels if you need us. We urge you to follow the government’s advice as we have done, to practice social distancing, stay home and most importantly, stay safe.
We will be back soon, but we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their continued support and business, and we are committed to seeing this through and rebuilding our collective industry together.
With thanks and well wishes,
The SIM Team
Here are a few questions we have encountered already so please have a read through. If you still have a query that’s not listed here simply get in touch via our email on [email protected] and we will come back to you.
Can I speak to someone if I’m concerned?
Of course. We are here to help as we always have been both via the phone on 01707 273 747 and via our email [email protected]. We’ll also remain on the online chat on our website, which you can leave a message on outside of working hours and we can get back to you.
What about my order in production?
Your order will be currently paused at its present state of production.
I had an order to collect, can I still get it?
Unfortunately our office and production premises are completely closed at the moment until further notice.
When should I expect my order?
Government has currently stated that this situation will remain under constant review, and have promised to look at circumstances in the UK in 3 weeks time. Should the situation have been improved, these restrictions may be relaxed in which case we will resume production as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. You can contact us during this time if you need, someone will get back to you.
I can’t wait for my order, can I cancel it?
We understand customers may still be on specific deadlines for certain orders. If you do have an order in production that you cannot wait for, please email your order number and request to [email protected] so we can resolve this with you. As we have had to close unexpectedly following the government announcement on 23rd March at 8.30pm, orders may have been started. We do not want to disappoint or upset any customers, so please rest assured that we will work with you to ensure any concerns are resolved.
When will you be open again?
We will be open again as soon as possible for production to resume as normal. We will be monitoring government announcements until such a time as they review the situation and we can reopen.
If I’m happy to wait, can I still place orders now?
Yes of course. Our ordering system will remain live throughout this time, so you can still make the most of our Winter Sale. We will simply resume production once we have reopened and dispatch your order as soon as we possibly can.
19th March 2020
COVID-19 Coronavirus update from Sim Frame
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve created this information page for our customers to keep you informed. We’ve been talking to customers regularly over the past few days discussing different situations that individuals are facing and how we might be able to help.
Collect from Store option to be removed from the checkout
In order to uphold government advice with regard to social distancing, we are suspending our “Collect from store” option and closing our showroom and reception area until further notice. Our reception and showroom in Hatfield has always been a popular collection option for our local customers but unfortunately due to current times, this action is to continue to protect our staff and customers alike. This closure is limited only to the collection of orders from reception and viewing products in the showroom. Rest assured that you can still select the “Next working day courier” option at the checkout for our dedicated couriers to deliver your order instead. Remember to place orders together in one basket to avoid additional postage costs.
Can I still speak to someone if I need advice or help placing my order?
Absolutely! Although our reception access will be closed to customers, our dedicated customer support will still be here on the phones, email and online chat assisting customers so you can get a hold of us at any time.
We will of course continue to take government advice over the coming weeks and keep our customers informed but if you have any individual queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.
So how can the team at SIM help photographers during this time?
A number of people in the UK are already working from home or self-isolating, particularly photographers who may have had events or weddings postponed or cancelled. While this is a difficult time, some customers are using the time as wisely as possible to tidy up old orders, create layout mock ups for customers who haven’t ordered their albums yet and trying to encourage as much ongoing revenue as possible with existing customers. One of our album design partner Fundy has launched its “Profits now” campaign to give Photographers advice and ideas facing the Coronavirus outbreak. See Fundy’s facebook to tune in.
No problem! Our thorough QC process means you can have albums, prints and more delivered direct to your own customers without having to worry. We send all of our products white label as standard without any paper invoices or order confirmations, and any items not going straight to the photographer are completely exempt from any promotional or branded leaflets.
How do I order?
You can order online from the comfort of your home be it a dedicated desk or sofa substitute via our Sim Imaging website for albums and USB’s, Sim Frame website for Frames and Wall art or Sim Lab for Prints and Fine Art posters. Don’t forget our Sim Imaging & Sim Frame Winter Sale is still live until the 31st of March, so place your orders with up to 3 items in the basket on either your Sim Imaging account or 8 items on your Sim Frame account. Savings start from only £100 in your basket and if you add up to £400 worth of products, you can get an incredible 30% off your order total before VAT, simply add our WINTER2020 code at the checkout.
Made in the UK
We’re proud to be a British based company creating fantastic quality products all under one roof. We’ll be keeping in touch with customers throughout the next few weeks and putting together some top tips on maintaining your photography business during this difficult time. We’re on hand to help as and when you need it, so if you have any queries feedback for us or want to talk through your current situation and concerns, please get in touch with us on 01707 273 747 or via [email protected].
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