Could your business help support health and social care during COVID19?

Latest update: 8th April

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the UK Government has issued calls to businesses to help support the production of key materials. We will list all calls as and when they are announced via this page so that they are easily accessible in one place.


REGISTERING YOUR SUPPORT (GOVUK FORM)

The Government has set up an online form where businesses can let them know how they could help, whether it's providing medical testing equipment, medical equipment design, hand sanitizer, hotel rooms, transport and logistics, manufacturing equipment, warehouse or office space, expertise in IT/construction/infastructure/other important areas and more. You will need your company number to register, if you can help, please submit your form now.


VENTILATORS

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is looking for organisations who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the United Kingdom as part of the government’s response to COVID-19. If your business can help with the Prime Minister’s call for ventilator production, please visit https://ventilator.herokuapp.com to register your details or alternatively, you can contact the BCGH team for assistance.


AIDING THE ARMED FORCES

The Defence and Security Accelerator launched a £1m fund to fast-track innovation which could help the armed forces in the fight against Coronavirus. The call is open to any idea or novel approach which could boost the Ministry of Defence's capabilities and work regarding COVID-19 or similar future threats. This is a broad call, if you have an idea you think could help, please get in touch - you can find more information here.


ALTERNATIVE DESIGNS FOR FACE MASKS VIA NATIONAL RAIL

National Rail has released a specification document of alternative designs and manufacturing techniques for Face Masks and Face Visors to create a new and additional supply capability to provide this key equipment. Click here to view the document.


ANTIGEN TESTING KITS

The UK Bioindustry Association (BIA) has issued an urgent call for the supply of COVID-19 antigen testing kits. The kits include:

  • Swabs (Nasopharangeal)
    • No discoloration on the swab bud
    • Sterilised and individually wrapped
    • No calcium alginate swabs
    • No swabs with wooden shafts
  • Sample Vial (Glass 20.25 +- 0.25 x 47.25 +- 0.5 & plastic TBD)
  • Viral transport medium (COVID-19 transport medium)
  • Alcohol/Sanitiser Wipes
  • Re-packaging (storage/biohazard packaging)

There is also a requirement for swabs for PCR diagnostic testing.

Any organisations that can supply for sale any or all of the above, please contact the BCGH team or covidtestingtriage@dhsc.gov.uk


RAPID SANITISING TECHNOLOGY FOR AMBULANCES

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for rapid sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances to help in the national effort against Coronavirus and save lives.

It can take up to 45 minutes to clean ambulances once they have transported a patient suspected of having COVID-19.

Think you can help? More details can be found here


Looking for further details? Call us on 0300 770 2245 or email enquiries@bcgrowthhub.com