Advice from ETI member ARCO, the largest supplier of PPE in the UK, on purchasing PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Lindsay Wright, Ethical Trading Initiative. The purchase of certain PPE items has become increasingly challenging as the global surge in demand and international supply chain constrictions has led to a shortage of supply.  Also to combat the risk that the COVID-19 virus presents, many companies are now specifying face masks and coverings to protect…

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Wearwell Appointed to Supply PPE to Birmingham Hospitals

By Ross Gard, from Wearwell. Wearwell has been selected by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) to produce and supply surgical gowns to Birmingham-area hospitals. The gowns will be delivered to The Birmingham Hospitals Alliance (BHA), which looks after UHB, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation…

Reusable Face-Coverings – the first choice for buyers

PCIAW member, Seahawk Apparel in Glenrothes, Fife is a manufacturer of specialist protective workwear and PPE for the likes of the oil and gas, petrochemical, emergency services and construction sectors. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the business has responded swiftly to manufacture reusable, non-medical face coverings and protective workwear, including scrubs for NHS staff.   The…

YKK producing essentials parts supporting Covid-19 Health Workers

YKK are currently producing essential parts at their factory based in Runcorn, Cheshire to help support the fight against Covid-19.   The UK factory is producing critical fastenings for isolation/containment units, medical equipment and PPE (personal protective equipment), mattress protection and ventilator components.  The European R&D facility, also based at Runcorn is presently able to produce…

UKFT helps to shape future negotiations as Brexit nears, Apply for WRAP’s Textile Recycling Grant Fund: Final round

Government announces new approach to customs procedures from January 1st 2021

The UK Government confirmed today that they will not be extending the Transition Period.   Recognising the impact of coronavirus on businesses’ ability to prepare for the impact of leaving the EU without a Free Trade Deal, the government has announced it will introduce new border controls in three stages: January 2021: Companies importing standard goods…

PCIAW® helps Project Plan B’s sustainable, anti-viral C-19 snood to market

UK organisations PCIAW® and Project Plan B have joined forces to swiftly bring an anti-viral, sustainable C-19 snood to market, aimed at protecting essential workers and commuters. Plymouth company Project Plan B produce the face covering entirely in the UK, with a Leicester-based manufacturer.  They are members of Milton Keynes based PCIAW® (Professional Clothing Industry Association…