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Co Antrim manufacturer bringing back staff and restarting production

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Chris Monroe of Smiley Monroe and Alison Gowdy from Invest NI

Chris Monroe of Smiley Monroe and Alison Gowdy from Invest NI

Chris Monroe of Smiley Monroe and Alison Gowdy from Invest NI

A Co Antrim manufacturer is preparing to bring back additional staff and has restarted production after temporarily shutting its doors due to coronavirus.

Lisburn-based conveyor belt manufacturer Smiley Monroe has resumed production at a reduced capacity.

The company has received a loan through the UK Government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), facilitated by Danske Bank, to enable it to trade through the current period of uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

“It’s good to be back and we are conservatively optimistic after being open again for only a few weeks,” Chris Monroe, global sales director at Smiley Monroe, said.

“Although demand isn’t back to 100%, the forecast is improving, but it’s still challenging times ahead for all businesses in our sector, just like it is for so many others.

“The health and wellbeing of our team is our first priority and in order to keep our workplace and returning employees safe from the virus, we have implemented comprehensive safety measures in line with Government guidance.”

Richard Robinson, corporate banking manager at Danske Bank, said: “Smiley Monroe is a long-established business which has planned extensively for different scenarios and is now implementing its reopening plan, while being very vigilant about the safety of its employees. Danske Bank is pleased to have been able to support the company as it restarts production and looks to the future.”

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