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PPE manufacturer set to create 300 jobs in Scotland

Posted on 22 Mar 2021 and read 1556 times
PPE manufacturer set to create 300 jobs in ScotlandLeading Scottish PPE firm www.alphasolway.com Alpha Solway is set to create over 300 jobs and apprenticeship opportunities at a new manufacturing centre thanks to a unique multi-million-pound public-private investment partnership with South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE).

The Annan-based company, part of Globus Group, will begin construction on a ‘state of the art’ facility after securing £4.8 million of funding support from SOSE.

The new factory will have an overall build cost of £12 million and will represent part of Alpha Solway’s total investment into the Dumfries and Galloway region of more than £33 million.

Globus, which has 25 years’ of experience in manufacturing PPE, is to more than match the SOSE funds in a ground-breaking collaboration designed to boost the Scottish economy, cement the long-term future of manufacturing in the region and support the local community.

The first phase of development on the 15-acre site, based at Gilnockie Business Park in Dumfries is scheduled to be fully operational by the summer. It will play a key part in Alpha Solway’s ongoing major contribution to protecting NHS workers tackling Covid-19.

Last summer the company won a contract with the Scottish government to ensure frontline NHS staff have high-quality PPE throughout the pandemic and beyond.

The development will see the creation of more than 300 new jobs, bringing the total recruited by Globus, since last autumn, to over 1,000 by the end of 2021, making the company the largest British PPE manufacturer and one of the biggest private sector employers in the South of Scotland region.

A second phase to build second PPE plant in Annan will begin later this year. The public-private partnership investment in the two new facilities represents a vote of confidence in the Scottish economy and recognition of the enduring value and appeal of ‘Made in the UK’ products for healthcare and industry sectors internationally.

Globus Group committed to 75% UK manufacturing last year amid the disruption to the global PPE supply chain caused by Covid-19. Two facilities were launched by the business in 2020 in Dumfries and Warrington.

At full capacity, the business will produce one billion medical masks and 300 million FFP respirators each year.

Alpha Solway director Steven Binnie said: “We are totally committed to the Scottish economy and the South of Scotland communities, so our aims have so much in common with SOSE. It takes real vision and innovative thinking on all sides to develop this kind of public-private partnership which will deliver real long-term benefits for the region and for the NHS workers and others who rely on our products.

“Alpha Solway has the expertise, resilience and reliability in respiratory PPE and SOSE has helped to drive forward our expansion plans to create the fast solutions required by the NHS healthcare market.”

South of Scotland Enterprise was launched on 1 April last year as the new economic and community development agency for Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders. It was established by the Scottish government in recognition of the unique circumstances of the South of Scotland.

SOSE’s mission is to drive inclusive growth, increase competitiveness and tackle inequality within the region. It will work with people and businesses in communities right across the South of Scotland to grow its economy by providing investment, expertise and mentoring, and aims to inspire the region to think bigger, and unlock significant opportunities for all.

Professor Russel Griggs, chair of SOSE, said: “The establishment of the new manufacturing hub and a centre of excellence for PPE will not only create and sustain many new jobs in the region, but we hope will inspire the South of Scotland to think bigger and more innovatively.

“Ultimately, we hope this investment will secure a Scottish-owned base to manufacture PPE for Scotland, UK and international markets.”

Fergus Ewing , Scottish Rural Economy Secretary, said: “The Scottish Government acted quickly and decisively to expand and strengthen PPE supplies in a globally challenging market. Excluding the supply of gloves, over 90% of PPE supplied to NHS Scotland is now manufactured in Scotland.

“This will help to protect us from any global supply issues and ensure our frontline staff continue to have the protection they need.”

Rob Davidson,chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Economy and Resources Committee said: “The fact that these new jobs will be in manufacturing PPE equipment adds to the good news both in the fight against Covid-19 and our collective efforts to restart and rebuild the local economy.”