Catering equipment and hygiene supplies dealer, Elliott Hygiene, has secured a pipeline for around 2m pieces of PPE in total.
The Yorkshire-based firm is now reaching out to firms struggling to know what to do, to offer them help.
As well as sourcing chemicals and equipment, Elliott’s regularly carries out reviews of premises in order to recommend a strategic approach to hygiene management to ensure its clients meet the high standards, and could prove extra-valuable in a pandemic situation like the current one.
Since the start of the pandemic, the firm has continued supporting its longstanding clients on the frontline, including food manufacturers and other key industries, care providers and Hull City Council.
However, in recent weeks Elliott’s has continued to offer its customers guidance and support they need, coupled with access to critical products that are in short supply elsewhere.
Co-director Janette Elliott detailed: “Over recent weeks we’ve been helping everyone from local farm shops to restaurants and larger food outlets in pivoting their customer sales to provide click and collect food and other grocery items and meal takeaways; as well as helping schools, offices and factories generally get back into operation.
Working with long-established supply chains, Elliott’s has made sure it is able to access protective masks, visors, aprons, hand sanitisers and fully compliant disinfectant cleaning products, tested to EN14476 and EN1276 standards; as well as high-strength viricidal cleaners. They now have these items in sufficient quantities to help firms to get back to business and service providers like care homes, local authorities and schools to be able to carry out their essential work safely.
Elliott continued: “I won’t deny it’s been tough. Stocks of essential supplies like this basically dried up early in the pandemic because the government had to procure all protective equipment which was in production at the time and re-divert it to our NHS.
“However, we’ve managed to keep our loyal customers supplied throughout and have also been working on sourcing plenty to help the many more organisations that are going to need it in the days and weeks ahead. After all, this new way of operating looks set to become a long-term change.
“As well as being an independent family-owned business, we’re also established members of the Socius supply network, which gives us a combined approach and buying power and access to not only source essential kit, but also ensure it is of the right standard and, ultimately, up to the job.”
She is keen that people get the right advice, to avoid leaving themselves open to problems: “I’m acutely conscious that, while the experience of this pandemic has brought out the best in many people, it has also led to some unscrupulous practices going on, like firms selling things such as hand sanitiser and protective equipment that isn’t of a high enough standard, and at an inflated price.
“There will also be lots of people offering to carry out risk assessments for organisations at very high rates, which they will pay because they are frightened of falling foul of the law.
“We want them to know that advice is available to them at no cost whatsoever, and we, as a respected local company can carry out and implement the right hygiene procedures for them in a strategic and robust way, without that initial assessment costing them a penny.
“The things we then supply them with also meet the most stringent standards, even as far as the environmental rating of the chemicals we provide. So there is really no reason to add to their woes at this challenging time.”