IMPORTANT INFORMATION – CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE No. 1

On March 24th 2020, we announced a temporary closure of our UK factory due to a Force Majeure situation, beyond our control. We were due to re-open our factory on April 6th 2020. Our staff were continuing to work from home until March 31st 2020.

The COVID-19 situation continues, therefore effective April 1st 2020, we will be completely closed for an extended temporary period until April 22nd 2020.

Our staff (Operations, Sales, Technical, Customer Service, Accounts and Purchasing) previously working from home, will now stop working and are unavailable.

The provisional return-to-work date for our staff, is Wednesday April 22nd 2020. Initially, this may be from home.

Our Logistics Operation is also planned to be working from 22nd April 2020, for receipt of raw materials, and shipping of finished products.

We plan to re-start our Manufacturing Operation on Monday April 27th 2020.

The C0VID-19 situation is evolving, as is the Government and Business response to it; as such, our decision is subject to review and change. Further updates will be provided as and when necessary.

During this period of closure, should you have any concerns, please contact myself via the details below.

Email:   patrick.thompson@blachforduk.com

Phone:   +44 7794 405053

Patrick Thompson

Sales Director

31st March 2020

Blachford UK offers factory, staff and resources in response to national COVID-19 effort

Blachford UK is offering its factory, people and resources to the national effort to fight the killer Coronavirus.

Jason Lippitt, Managing Director of Blachford UK

Production at the factory has now ceased. However, appeals from the government to manufacturers to assist with the UK effort has prompted Jason Lippitt, Managing Director of Blachford UK to offer the services of the company’s factory and staff.

He said: “We have a large production facility and a skilled workforce, including engineers, machinists and designers, that can all be utilised to manufacture goods and equipment that are critical to the NHS.

“If there are any companies out there, particularly those making PPE for NHS workers, we have staff and equipment at Blachford and we’d all like to help.”

The company has set up a dedicated email address during the crisis, to ensure that requests for help are answered immediately.

More than 100 people are employed at Blachford UK’s site in Holmewood, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Jason added: “The company view is that we are all in this together and our staff want to help wherever they can to help the nation get fit and well and back to business. Blachford is a family and I am immensely proud of every member of staff for their support, not only for the company but the national effort to fight Coronavirus.”

Jason praised the government’s response to a national shutdown, saying: “The national shutdown I believe puts UK manufacturers in a strong position to recover business faster than many other countries. There is no doubt that UK manufacturing will face financial hardship over the coming months but, due to the nation’s collective shutdown, I believe the sector will be in an excellent position in a couple of years.”

Companies who are involved in producing essential supplies during the COVID-19 and would like to talk to Blachford should email NHSsupport@blachforduk.com.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION – CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Due to the rapidly worsening situation with COVID-19, strict controls have been implemented by governments across the world to limit the spread of the virus.

Our UK manufacturing facility is now closed until 6th April 2020. This may be extended further, and we will provide you with regular updates.

For the period from 25th March until 31st March, we will be operating a reduced Logistics Operation for shipping and receiving, and you should continue to use your normal routes of communication.

Our staff (Operations, Sales, Technical, Customer Service, Accounts and Purchasing) are working from home until the evening of 31st March 2020.

Further updates will follow for the period commencing 1st April 2020.

Please be assured, Blachford UK will continue to read communications from all stakeholders, and we will continue to communicate all our intentions regarding manufacturing operations and availability of staff during this difficult period.

New contact information will be issued where necessary.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

25th March 2020