Coronavirus Special the frontline as they care for us all during the

COVID-19 pandemic. To healthcare workers, thank you for all that you do. To our teams, we are proud of you for helping to make this happen. We are strongest when we work together.”

Given the unprecedented state the industry finds itself in, all suppliers, manufacturers and distributors can do is monitor the situation and adjust business plans accordingly. Be sure to check your supplier’s websites or social media accounts to be kept up-to-date with their current position, as the situation changes almost on a daily basis.

Finally, Mr Oster said: “Our admiration goes to everyone who cares for one another under these difficult circumstances. Whether at home, at work or in the hospitals. Together we can make the difference.”

This is a message shared by the Printwear & Promotion team. Our thoughts are with those in the industry and beyond during these difficult times. Stay positive, stay safe and take care.

● If you would like to share your coronavirus story please get in touch and email P&P editor Melanie Attlesey on

Hobbyist sews angels for NHS heroes R

etired teaching assistant Adele Forbes has put her embroidery skills to good use and has embroidered 200 angels to hand out to NHS heroes in Glasgow. Given the Government’s advice to stay at home, Adele found herself with more time on her hands than usual. Adele enjoys sewing and embroidery and likes to personalise gifts with embroidery for friends. Adele enjoys making embroidered angels, so adapted her design to add the NHS logo.

“I felt quite useless being unable to do anything practical when NHS staff are having such a tough time. Yes, we can donate a little financially but being at home with plenty of time and embroidery machines doing nothing seemed a waste,” she said. Adele plans to give them to her friend who is an A&E consultant to hand out among the staff. She added: “It’s just a way of letting them know someone is thinking about them.” Adele embroiders the angels on water solvable stabiliser, rinses them and when they are dry attaches a little loop.

Adele buys her thread from ETC Supplies, and despite the business being closed, when managing director Jas Purba heard of her good deed and that she needed some more thread to carry on with her embroidering, he paid a special visit to the warehouse to send her some more stock. Adele will also use her skills to sew scrubs for the NHS. “This will keep me busy and I’m pleased I can do something practical for our NHS heroes.”


Essential prints T shirts for NHS Nightingale

espite the business being on lockdown, the family at Essential Embroidery Print & Design opened their doors to fulfil an order of 2,000 T shirts for NHS Nightingale.

The whole Georgiou family got involved in the order on behalf of Fluid Branding. Louis took the lead as print manager, with Elizabeth and George doing the offloading, and Nicki doing the QC checking at the end of the dryer. Louis said: “Firstly, from myself and everyone at Essential we would like to wish everyone well during these uncertain times. As a business, we have taken all necessary steps to protect our staff and have temporarily shut down our production facility, with our sales and customer service departments being manned remotely. “However, being a family business, we as a family we are on hand to come in service any urgent orders ourselves without having to put any of our staff at risk. This order for the NHS Nightingale hospital in London is exactly that and we are very proud to have been able to do something to support the NHS at this very critical time.” NHS Nightingale is the UK’s newest and largest hospital facility, built in just nine days at East London’s ExCel exhibition centre. It has enough space for 4,000 beds to help treat coronavirus patients.

Government help We have gathered together an

overview of what help is currently available from the Government to help businesses navigate the coronavirus pandemic. ● Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme: This supports small and medium- sized businesses, with an annual turnover of up to £45 million, to access loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million for up to six years. For more information or to apply visit www.british-business- ● Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: If you cannot maintain your current workforce because your operations have been severely affected by coronavirus, you can furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions (up to the level of the minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contribution) on that subsidised furlough pay. The scheme currently ends on June 30. ● Self-employment Income Support Scheme: This scheme allows the self-employed to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. The grant will be subject to Income Tax and National Insurance contributions but does not need to be repaid. The self- employed will be contacted by mid-May to apply, with payments expected to arrive by early June. ● Deferral of VAT payments: If you’re a UK VAT registered business and have a VAT payment due between March 20 and June 30, you have the option to either defer the payment until a later date or pay the VAT due as normal. ● Annual leave: Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave

entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next two leave years. There is also an obligation on employers to ensure their workers take their statutory entitlement in any one year – failure to do so could result in a financial penalty.

The Printwear & Promotion website is being regularly updated during this period of uncertainty, so for all of the latest news and views be sure to visit

| 22 | May 2020

From printing T shirts and embroidering scrubs for the NHS to producing slogan T shirts and mugs to raise funds for the NHS, garment decorators across the UK are utilising their resources during this unexpected and unprecedented period of shutdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Here are just two examples of such stories.

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