Manchester-based chefwear manufacturer Tibard has taken on an emergency contract to provide scrubs for the NHS.
Tibard, who have been operating since 1979, are using their purpose-built factory in Dukinfield in Tameside to work with the health service who require more and more clothing for its staff.
Managing director, Ian Mitchell, offered his services to the NHS via a local fabric partner. The production line did not need to be altered significantly as chef jackets and trousers are similar in construction to medical scrubs, the only key difference being the fabric involved, which is lighter weight, and the garments not requiring a front fastening.
Tibard is now manufacturing 10,000 scrub tops and 10,000 scrub trousers to be sent to healthcare staff across the country.
Mitchell, said: "We found ourselves in a rather odd position last week, with our customers not wanting clothing because their establishments were shut but at the same time we kept hearing how the NHS needed more equipment to help tackle this pandemic. It was important to all of us here at Tibard to do our part to support our medical staff and that's why we had to offer our services."
"Businesses across the country should be analysing their function within society. Our NHS is on the front line fighting this dreadful virus and it is up to businesses to do their part in whatever way they can."