Sara’s Blog: PPE and the return to work

I am aware that many Staffordshire businesses and schools are manufacturing, supplying, and distributing PPE.

Whether it was something you have been involved in for a long time, or whether you have switched your production to manufacture PPE during the pandemic, I have been really impressed with how businesses have responded to the overwhelming need for PPE from frontline services, business and the public.

If your business is manufacturing and supplying PPE please let us know so we can publicise local suppliers through our communication channels.

Please email full details of your products to subject: PPE Staffordshire.

There have been some great examples locally such as British Boxers in Leek who manufacture high quality underwear and nightwear. They have now added high-quality face masks to their product range, and they are selling extremely well. I am sure that they have welcomed the news that face masks are to become mandatory on public transport.

We want to encourage businesses to buy locally to help our economy recover as quickly as possible. To help with this we want to publicise all examples through a dedicated page on our website, social media and news feeds.

I mentioned this time last week that Monday 1st June marked areal step change in the recovery of our economy as schools and many businesses returned to work, albeit in a cautious manner with only part of the workforce returning to a physical office or factory environment.

Personally, it has been fantastic to see colleagues again, to catch up in person and to start to rebuild.

We would be interested to hear your experiences and what strategies you are employing to get back to normality. Perhaps you are having staff come in on alternate days or adjusting employee hours to fit around childcare or care of vulnerable family members.

If you would like to share your experiences or have any issues around the return to work don’t hesitate to contact us at:

If you want to talk to us about any business issues, you can call our switchboard on 01782 202222 or call the Stoke and Staffs Growth Hub Helpline on 0300 111 8002. We also have a Twitter hour each Tuesday and Friday from 11am – 12noon #StaffsChamberChat

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