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HM Treasury extends tax cut to PPE costs

The government has announced temporary scrapping of VAT on PPE has been extended until the end of October – helping care homes and businesses save £155 million amidst dealing with Covid-19. The government has announced: temporary scrapping of VAT on personal protective equipment (PPE) for infection extended until the end of October the three-month extension…

UK Fire and Rescue Services Reap Collaborative PPE Framework Benefits

Thirty-three Fire and Rescue Services (FRS), comprising over 33,500 firefighters, are now benefiting from the Local Authority Collaborative PPE Framework. Launched three years ago in June 2017, the Framework gives UK FRSs access to high quality PPE ensembles and volume discounts through a streamlined procurement process. The Framework was set up in response to calls…

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…