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116 – Where are we on PPE?

In episode 114 I asked ‘PPE – can we make it in the UK?‘ and on today’s episode I thought it would be good to update you.

It has been 5 weeks since the Government put a call out for businesses to help manufacturer PPE. Since then hundreds of UK manufacturers have filled in the form on the government website and stepped up to offer their help and support.

Make it British has created the British Textile Consortium to help bring together UK manufacturers that can help.

So where have we got to on UK-made PPE?

This episode gives you an update and where we have got to so far and what one of the biggest challenges is when it comes to providing a long term solution to the problem.

Useful Links

Kate on BBC Breakfast talking about PPE

Toray Textiles Europe – manufacturer of bulk fabric for scrubs and gowns

British Textile Consortium – list of manufacturers that can help make PPE

Register as a company that can make PPE

Request PPE

Comment on this episode


  1. Alex Lindley on April 28, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    We arent anywhere apparently due to Sloppy Matt Hancock that dosent know his arse from his elbow !!!!
    Several UK Companies have produced PPE but had it Chucked back in their faces !!!!!!!
    God Help UK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Diana Brown on May 3, 2020 at 1:15 am

    well done it such a sad story, in the long run, we will look back and say my god why was it not made in uk

  3. Roy Finch on May 7, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Surely with the technology and machinery that is available these days We can produce items that perform to QA and QC “rules” first time?
    There still seems to be a problem throughout the country at all levels, going back to our Empire Days- we seem to still have the opinion that we owe everybody else.
    We don’t, only ourselves; knock down Cameron’s .8% of GDP ONLY to emergencies eg earthquakes, typhoons and Back Britain in all that we buy and respect our Planet throughout the manufacturing and supplier base. Lead the World!!!
    I am forever looking at Company’s bases and who owns whom, and the stuff on the side of products as well as the ingredients that don’t cost the “earth” and try to buy (for me) from Kent, England then UK.

  4. David Atkins on May 16, 2020 at 5:45 am

    Why is it so difficult to buy UK made products, someone needs yo make it easier. The demand is here.

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