Sheffield printing firm borrows £1m to stay alive - and produce face masks

A Sheffield printing, marketing and communications firm has borrowed £1m to produce PPE equipment and stay live during lockdown.

By David Walsh
Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 12:40 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th June 2020, 11:16 am

Proco Print, on Parkway Industrial Estate, has produced tens of thousands of full-face masks after switching some of its manufacturing capability. It is donating them to nearby healthcare facilities, according to finance director Simon Hemingway.

He said: “Like most businesses, we faced an inevitable reduction in income when lockdown was announced and we needed a cash injection, so we’re very grateful for the CBILS loan.

“Thankfully we’ve been in a position to support those on the frontline by using our manufacturing equipment to produce much-needed PPE. If we all do our bit and help in whatever way we can, we’ll soon get through this.”

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The business, which employs 139, manufactures prints and designs, has been working at a reduced capacity while adhering to the social distancing guidelines.

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