Coronavirus update – the latest news from Yorkshire businesses

The McLaren Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield, has donated 100 face masks, 35 boxes of 100 gloves and 30 overalls to the Northern General Hospital.

Wes Jacklin, Plant Director at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre said: “We’ve donated our masks, gloves and overalls to our local Northern General Hospital.

“Alongside staying at home, it’s one small way we can help support our hard-working NHS front line staff in their battle against Coronavirus.”


Huddersfield heating and plumbing specialist is offering its unused fleet of 12 company vans to employees who want to put themselves forward for the NHS Volunteer Scheme.

Metro Eco has had to furlough 90 per cent of its workforce, retaining a small team of plumbers, electricians and gas engineers to provide emergency only services.

As a result most of its fleet of vehicles are unused. Aware that several of its employees were considering putting themselves forward as NHS volunteers, Metro eco has offered them the use of its vans, with all petrol, insurance and other vehicle related costs covered by the company.

David Shaw of Metro eco said: “Five of our staff have already volunteered and as the remainder are on furlough as of the end of last week more have said they would like to do so.

“We’re more than happy to offer the use of our fleet of vans to help, maybe allowing the transportation of larger or higher quantities of items. It seemed crazy the vehicles sitting there unused when they could be doing something so worthwhile.”


Lifetysle Packaging, a packaging solutions provider has created a new unique one had dispensing mechanism for alcohol based hand sanitiser, in response to the current Covid-19 crisis.

The Melton-based firm has developed ‘Snappd’ a new sachet which contains 1.5ml of body-safe and odourless 71% alcohol sanitiser which leaves the hands bacteria-free without the need for rinsing or drying. The product has been formulated to challenge the traditional plastic bottles which are touched by many different people, with the sachets snapped in half using one hand to release the sanitiser.

The product has delivers cost and environmental savings when compared to other dispensing solutions on the market, with each pack containing 250 single-use Snappd sachets.
Rich Quelch, Head of Global Marketing at Lifestyle Packaging comments:

“In response to the widespread demand for hand sanitiser products around the world, the new product development team at Lifestyle Packaging has created an innovative solution to help address these supply chain challenges and keep more people safe from the threat of Covid-19.

Hard landscaping manufacturer, Marshalls has donated 100 tonnes of screed to help the construction of a Covid-19 hospital at the Manchester Central Conference Centre.

The floor of the hospital needs to be suitable to take the weight of army vehicles, ambulances and other vital vehicles that will be connected to the running of the hospital specifically for those with coronavirus. Marshalls were brought into the project on Friday and began supplying screed immediately, even opening its manufacturing site over the weekend to keep up with demand.

Nick Bebb, Managing Director of Marshalls Premier Mortars & Screeds, said:
“The importance of this facility to the wider community will no doubt be demonstrated in the coming weeks and we are proud to be a supplier to this site. We are also proud to have a team at Marshalls Premier Mortars who are committed to providing this essential service to our customers.

Marshalls also announced last week that a number of staff have been put on the three week furlough, but are having their wages topped up to 100% for the period by the firm.

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