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Tibard turns to manufacturing hospital scrubs for the NHS

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anchester-based chefswear manufacturer Tibard has turned its hand to manufacturing hospital scrubs for the NHS to help fight

The availability of suitable clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) is one particular area the NHS has been struggling with. The highly contagious nature of COVID-19 means that clothing, hygiene and protection for healthcare staff are more important now than ever before. With recently retired doctors and nurses also being called back into the health service this supply issue is being intensified. But in times of crisis it is so important that businesses who are able to contribute to the national effort do precisely that. A great example of this is the Formula One teams utilising their sophisticated technology to aid in the production of 20,000 new ventilators for the health service. However, as of Monday, March 23, the Government advised members of the public not to visit bars, restaurants and similar. This had a massive effect on the hospitality industry and with the enforced closures this key aspect of modern life was effectively put on hold for the foreseeable future. Therefore, Tibard’s customers quite rightly stopped spending on their uniform.

But this left a purpose-built textile factory without work at a time when the health service requires more and more clothing for its staff. So Tibard’s managing director, Ian Mitchell, wanted to offer their services to the NHS. After all, a facility that can produce over 15,000 garments a week in the UK is a rarity. Through a local fabric partner, Tibard was able to contact the NHS supply chain and take on any surplus orders that were required immediately. Thankfully, Tibard's production line did not need to be altered significantly as chef jackets and trousers are similar in construction to medical scrubs. The only key


ickies is putting the spotlight on tradespeople who are working hard to deliver essential projects during the coronavirus outbreak.

Dickies is encouraging anyone who knows a tradesperson carrying out such work to share their stories on social media – using the hashtag #dickieshero – where the company will highlight inspiring examples to its followers. James Whitaker, marketing director for Dickies, said: “During these testing times, many are realising how hard the construction industry works and how essential the trades are in keeping our nation going.

“Whether they’re constructing new field hospitals, carrying out essential repairs for social housing providers, or continuing to make sure no one goes without hot water, there are thousands of tradespeople up and down the country who deserve recognition and thanks. We’re keen to hear about anyone who is doing their best to carry out essential work at this time and encourage people to tell us of their hero tradespeople on social media.”

Do you know a hero tradesperson who is working hard to help deliver essential services during the coronavirus outbreak? Share your nomination on social media, using the hashtag #dickieshero, tagging Dickies using the following details:

●On Twitter: @DickiesEurope ●On Instagram: @dickiesworkwearofficial ●On Facebook: @DickiesWorkwear

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The scrubs being constructed in Tibard’s Manchester facility

difference being the fabric involved, which is lighter weight, and the garments not requiring a front fastening. That’s why Tibard is now manufacturing 10,000 scrub tops and 10,000 scrub trousers to be sent to healthcare staff across the country.

The new lighterweight fabric being cut to size

Mr Mitchell said: "We found ourselves in a rather odd position, with our customers not wanting clothing because their establishments were shut but at the same time we kept hearing

how the NHS needed more equipment to help tackle this pandemic. It was important to all of us here at Tibard to do our part to support our medical staff and that’s why we had to offer our services.”

●Read more about how the garment decoration industry is helping the NHS and key workers during the coronavirus pandemic in our special report on pages 20 to 22

Dickies puts hero tradespeople in the spotlight

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