'HONOUR': How family-owned print company answered Government's call…

'HONOUR': How family-owned print company answered Government's call for British-made PPE

THE owners of a family-run print company in Bradford have described feeling “honoured” after answering the Government’s call to make more PPE for frontline staff in the UK.

Manager Hannah Cummins signed up Ernest Cummins Printers, based at a factory on Canal Road in Frizinghall, back in April following advertisements in the media and industry unions.

The company was later enrolled as part of the British Textile Consortium, making them part of the national effort to create top grade PPE and rule out the risk of “counterfeit” orders from abroad or unofficial sources.

Teams quickly got to work on a brand new product line with guidance from a Government funded business advisor, the Department of Health, Crown Commercial Service and hospital professionals.

When drafting up designs, Hannah held many talks with Bradford Royal Infirmary, St Luke’s and Airedale Hospital to make sure it fit the exact needs of their staff.

This includes measures such as anti-fogging.

Ernest Cummins has since been accepted as an official ppemadeintheuk.com member and is all set to sign for CE logo accreditation.

Hannah told the Telegraph & Argus: “It’s been fantastic.

“We have turned it around quite quickly. We’ve had a lot of scary meetings with the Government funded business advisor – he’s based at Huddersfield University.

“Any information or questions, they have been fantastic and very open.

“They’ve been buying things in and they’ve had a few counterfeit things as they’re not trusted sources.

“We want to bring a quality product at a competitive price. You can’t say fairer than that.

“For us being a British company, being able to respond to your own Government, makes you feel like you’ve got a purpose.

“We have used our Machines and knowledge to diversify. Our masks allow air circulation and do not block the ears, the masks will protect the face from liquid droplets and splashes.”

The company has now got the blueprints for adult sized PPE visors as well as junior ones for children after Hannah found her two daughters were more open to wearing see through protective masks.

It was a “family affair” for Hannah, who runs the business with her dad Chris and granddad Stuart Cummins.

When asked how the experience had made her feel, she said: “Honour. Honour that we’ve got the skills, the knowledge, to answer the Government plea to help people stay safe in a worldwide pandemic.

“We’ve had to work tirelessly to get our heads around it. But it’s been a pleasure to do it with my Granddad and my Dad, you can’t get better than that: working with your family.

“It’s been a family affair.”