Regional Call for PPE Support from Andy Street

Wednesday 8th of April 2020 08:35 AM

Dear Business Leader,

Your region needs you

The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced in decades. I hear regularly from businesses that they would like to do more in the fight against coronavirus - here’s how:

Step forward to supply the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) the West Midlands needs.

On a daily basis I am hearing from front-line organisations across the region that unfulfilled demand for PPE is the biggest challenge facing those who have to care for our health, our food and the other essential services we rely on.

For this reason the West Midlands Combined Authority and partners have decided to facilitate the procurement, supply and distribution of additional PPE in our region. We are asking for your help in procuring essential medical grade PPE for front-line staff, care providers, social workers, refuse collectors, transport staff, volunteers and others who are delivering key services right across our region.

Our ask of you is to help our region with either supply from existing stock or production of the following medical grade equipment:

Type IIR/FFP2/FFP3 Facemasks
Disposable sleeveless aprons
Disposable aprons with sleeves
Disposable Nitrile gloves
Goggles/Visors
Hand sanitiser

We are looking to engage with:

·       Organisations that are an existing manufacturer or supplier of medical grade PPE

·       Organisations that are existing manufacturers that have legitimate potential to start producing medical grade PPE (with advice and guidance if required)

·       Organisations that have existing supplies of medical PPE that they wish to donate

To register your interest email ppe@westmids.org.uk with your company details.

We appreciate that there will be a strong desire to support this important appeal. Due to limited resource, we ask that you only contact us if you fall into one of the above categories. We are not able to engage with businesses that could potentially source PPE through third party suppliers or private individuals producing elements of PPE themselves at this time.

These vital supplies can then, as required, be procured and allocated across the West Midlands, to ensure they get to where they are needed most, as quickly as possible.

Please help us in securing as many supplies as possible for the region by helping directly where possible and by sharing this message through your networks and contacts.

As we have in history, I know that the West Midlands can once again help those in need of protection.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Street
Mayor of the West Midlands

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