COVID-19: Helping ensure private sector front-line workers still get paid on time

French Duncan | 30 March 2020


PRESS RELEASE: French Duncan helps ensure private sector front-line workers still get paid on time

Leading accountants and business advisors French Duncan have today offered free help to any front-line business (such as Pharmacies, Food Manufacturers or Doctor’s surgeries) who might be struggling with extra administrative burden to ensure their staff still get paid on time.

The company has a large Payroll team used to managing and running the Payroll services for a huge variety of clients, a task which is often quite time-consuming and complex. Conscious that many front-line businesses are extremely time pressured at the moment, and may have staff off ill or working from home, the company has said they will run the Payroll for April at no costs to any such business struggling to cope.

French Duncan Payroll Director, Linda Kelly, said: “At French Duncan we know front-line firms are under pressure, that running a payroll is often a time-consuming administrative burden, and having even a single staff member off sick can disrupt salary payments. But we want to ensure these critical front-line workers such as pharmacists looking after our communities, or food manufacturers who ensure our supermarket shelves are still stocked, are still paid promptly for their work.

That’s where we can step in. We’ll take the baseline information from you and manage it all from there. You’ve got one less task to complete, and your workers get paid correctly and on time for the amazing work they are doing.”

Graeme Finnie, Managing Partner of French Duncan said: “The Coronavirus is clearly a national emergency and while our business has, like most other businesses, been hit very hard by the impacts of it, it’s important that we do our bit. Therefore if any frontline business is having trouble processing its payroll this month, we will do it for them. We can’t do what frontline businesses do, but we can do our bit. We’ve all got to pull together.”

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Notes to editors:

French Duncan is a long established, award winning, top 10 Scottish independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisors, headquartered in Scotland and working with clients throughout the UK as well as internationally. The firm have five offices with 14 partners and well over 200 staff offering a wide range of services giving an experienced and independent view to help our clients achieve their goals.

French Duncan is a member of HLB International, a network of independent global advisory and accounting firms. Through the power of 27,485 professionals across 153 countries, we combine local expertise and global capabilities to service client needs. In Europe, we’re a top 10 ranked network. Learn more about us at

Full details of how we can help you around COVID-19 / Coronavirus is available on our special page ( which you can access by clicking here. We will be keeping all our information updated as things progress and schemes are clarified, so please check back regularly, or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn to keep informed of all the changes. 

Terms & conditions apply, and offer is subject to capacity. Contact us for more information and we'll be happy to help however we can.



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