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Coronavirus: Bangor school uniform supplier provides 70,000 scrubs for HSCNI

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Julie Skelly, head of Belfast Business Centre at Danske Bank

Julie Skelly, head of Belfast Business Centre at Danske Bank

Julie Skelly, head of Belfast Business Centre at Danske Bank

A Bangor-based uniform and sportswear clothing supplier has secured an order for 70,000 scrubs from the Health Service in Northern Ireland.

The Signature Works, which manufactures printed and embroidered schoolwear, workwear and sportswear from sites in Bangor and Belfast, completed the deal with support by Danske Bank.

Having furloughed the majority of its 45 staff and closed down operations while the coronavirus lockdown was in place, the company received word that Health & Social Care in Northern Ireland (HSCNI) required a substantial order of scrubs for frontline medical staff.

It went on to identify its European suppliers that had substantial stock of scrubs and placed an order.

Danske Bank supported the move with a "significant" extension to the company's borrowing to ensure the deal was completed promptly.

As well as HSCNI, further deliveries have been completed to several other NHS trusts throughout the UK.

Malcolm Ditty, joint managing director of Signature Works, said: "It is a strange time but we had to do whatever it took to get the job done, to be able to play our part in making sure that the health service got access to the supplies it needed.

"We were fortunate that everyone in the supply chain was able to react so quickly and Danske Bank were very supportive."

Julie Skelly, head of Belfast Business Centre at Danske Bank, said: "It is testament to the innovation and ingenuity of Northern Ireland's business community that we are seeing so many companies diversifying and moving outside their comfort zones."

Belfast Telegraph