Coronavirus News NEWS IN BRIEF

● The government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until the end of October, with workers continuing to receive 80% of their salary up to £2,500. From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.

● Hybrid Services volunteers have produced digitally printed A0-size sewing patterns using a 1.6m wide Mimaki UCJV300-160, so volunteer sewers can produce scrubs for the NHS.

● Perfect Colours is also printing A0 sewing patterns for home sewers using an HP PageWide XL to get the job done at ultra-high speeds.

● Imageco has produced 2,900 protective visors for medical and care staff across the UK after diversifying its production facility after the onset of coronavirus.

● Using an HP Latex 315 wide format printer, Cameron Philson, owner of Signworks, says his workload has gone from zero to crazy with orders for temporary signage and banners relating to COVID-19.

● CMYUK has secured a substantial UK stock provision of 300,000 non-permeable, protective healthcare gowns and 1.5m community grade face masks per week.

● Elite Signs has printed more than 15,000 easily readable name badges for NHS staff (see below) treating COVID-19 patients using a Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 large format printer.

Result distribution centre acts as COVID-19 buffer


ollowing strict government guidelines for physical distancing, Result Clothing has remained open for business in order to support its distributors whose warehouses may have been forced to close as a precaution against COVID-19 but whose sales lines have remained open to supply direct ship orders. Result has continued to send out orders direct on behalf of its distributors and is the only trade brand with a heritage that continues to sell exclusively through its trade distributors, protecting a raft of businesses and livelihoods within the uniform and decoration industry as a consequence.

Over the past month, its sourcing and marketing team has worked tirelessly and launched Result Essential Hygiene to supply protection products, such as vinyl gloves, disinfectant wipes, face splash shields, 3-ply medical masks, 4-ply respirator masks, medical splash goggles, antibacterial hand sanitiser and natural yarn antibacterial face masks. Masks have naturally been the most sought after and now, with the Government’s cautious stance that civilian masks may be helpful, Result is bringing not just a fabric version to market but a washable, natural yarn version which incorporates an antibacterial zone over the mouth and nose. Initial stock colours are all white and all black with possibility of other colours being added at a later date.

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Cottonridge turns to making face shields

RV009X (NON-PPE) Natural Yarn Antibac Face Mask

Dickies reports that tradespeople are ready for DIY fixes


uring these troubled times, the team at Cottonridge have turned to making face shields for the NHS and care homes

throughout the UK.

Staff are making the shields in their own time and to date Cottonridge has donated face shields to over 22 care homes and hospitals who could not get them from their normal source.

Cottonridge MD Richard Joyce said: “In these troubled times we all need to do what we can to get past this COVID-19 period and help vulnerable people and key workers. It is our duty and we all need to step up to the plate. When this is all over and believe it or not one day it will be, we here at Cottonridge want to be able to say we that we made a difference.”

Cottonridge has also set up a Crowdfunder page to raise funds to buy the materials and at the time of writing had raised over £2,000.

| 14 | June 2020

ccording to a survey by global workwear brand Dickies, over the coming months nearly three- quarters of tradespeople expect to be fixing botched DIY jobs carried out by people at home during the lockdown imposed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The poll, carried out through Dickies

Workwear’s Twitter feed, revealed that 72.9% of respondents anticipated spending some of their time fixing DIY disasters over the next few months. James Whitaker, marketing director for Dickies, said: “If the queues outside B&Q’s recently reopened stores were anything to go by, many people will have been using their time during the lockdown to attempt home improvements – including the kind of jobs they’d usually rely on a tradesperson to complete for them. “It’s very likely that tradespeople will be busy over the coming months putting right the efforts of those who haven’t been able to match the skill that’s often required to do those jobs well. While our poll has been a fun way of looking at this, it does serve as a reminder of how much we rely on the expertise of trained and experienced tradespeople in our day to day lives.”

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