More than 1000 personal protective equipment (PPE) starter packs have been snapped up by local micro-businesses in Staffordshire.
The ‘Start Back PPE Pack’ contains one pack of 30 face-masks and 25 pairs of gloves, and is being offered to up to 2,000 businesses in the Staffordshire County Council area who apply via their website.
The support is intended for micro-businesses (nine employees or less) who either work in close contact with the public, or in a confined space that makes social distancing difficult. It isn’t intended to replace their own supply.
Already, more than 1000 micro businesses have taken up the offer of a free pack, and help to fund suppliers including a list of those who are offering regulation and cost-effective PPE to businesses.
County Councillor Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said: “The response of micro-businesses to this scheme has been really good—in just over a week we’ve had 1000 businesses take up the offer of a starter-pack, and the feedback we’re getting is that these packs and the information we give to businesses is really helping them.
“As we see more businesses open up, it is essential that they have the tools and the information needed to operate safely, and are able to get the PPE they need.
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of the Staffordshire economy and it’s clear from our research that many who have to work near other people may find this still a worrying time. We hope that these PPE starter packs, the list of PPE suppliers coupled with the extensive support packages we have already set up to help businesses during the crisis, will go some way to getting them back on track.”
Mike Silvester from Bridgeford Electrical Services Ltd based in Stafford was one of the first to sign up for a pack. He said: “I deal with customers face-to-face on a daily basis, working inside their homes. As I can’t conduct my business in any other way, this PPE has helped me start back up again, and the information provided means I can purchase PPE myself, safe in the knowledge that I’m getting the right items for a reasonable price.”
Micro businesses can apply for the PPE starter packs here: https://bit.ly/StartbackPPE