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request for all manufacturers to produce ventilators, and the UK engineering industry leaped into action.”


“At the start of the lockdown, the government put out a


Food bank Businesses across Brackmills are joining forces to support the Northampton Hope Centre. A drop-off point has been set up at IN’n’OUT


Autocentres on Brackmills, with staff dropping off tinned food, pasta, sauces and much more. Te BID is then delivering these to the Hope Food Bank – to help those living on the streets of Northampton.


Pedal power – Pidy UK Another


fundraiser for Northampton Hope


Centre has been the Ride for Hope, organised by Brackmills-based pastry specialist Pidy UK. Tis company organised a ‘virtual challenge’


in May, taking cyclists from Sydney in Australia to Northampton, having ridden out to Sydney on the first May bank holiday with another virtual team. –


Find out about future Ride for Hope events by emailing tanya@ northamptonhopecentre.org.uk


Ventilators – igus UK Caswell Road-based igus UK have been helping produce ventilators and have also set up an emer- gency production line to produce face masks – free of charge, simply to help during this crisis. Director Matthew Aldridge said: “At the start of the lockdown, the government put out a request


Testing kits – Rico Group Rico Group, courier experts with a service hub on Brackmills, are pro- viding invaluable support to the testing of coronavirus. Te company is collecting coronavirus testing kits from homes and from nursing homes – all done during a time-critical window – and then delivering these kits to the testing labs. Te business is part of a $9billion global company and on Brackmills,


from its hub in Salthouse Road, at least half of all its work is currently dedicated to collecting and delivering COVID-19 testing kits.


Graphics – Signs Express Signs Express on Brackmills produces basic ‘wash your hands’ graphics and has given many to customers without any charge. Te company has also been discounting its social distancing graphics.


Brackmills is a thriving Business Improvement District – to find out more about the estate turn to page 19 and hear from the BID’s CEO Sara Homer.


ALL THINGS BUSINESS 15


Images above Laura Stavciuc, of igus UK, pictured with face shields


for all manufacturers to produce ventilators, and the UK engineering industry leaped into action. Many companies were building proto- types for testing, and we were inundated with requests for samples and engineering support. We provided igus parts for use in prototypes free of charge, and had dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of ‘virtual meetings’ to solve different engineering problems.” From its Brackmills factory the company also started to assemble face shields at no cost for the NHS. It repurposed part of its facility into an emergency production line and is now producing between 500 and 1,000 shields per day.


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