The response to the Covid crisis from the Northern Ireland startup and wider business community has been very positive with many firms stepping up to provide their services and innovate new ones.
The team at Shnuggle have designed and are manufacturing protective face mask equipment for NHS staff. They have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise additional funds to allow for further manufacturing.
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They have also used their extensive contacts across China manufacturing to help others, offering up introductions to factories.
RotaPal have been working flat out to adapt their product to support the reorganised NHS across Northern Ireland. This will allow medics to organise teams across the hospitals in constantly changing circumstances.
Corid are developing systems that will support corvid testing and are accelerating product development to meet customers specific needs in this crucial support in the fight against the pandemic. This along with Randox increasing output of testing kits shows the strength of the NI natural science industry.
PropertyPal are putting a call out to provide emergency accommodation for Health workers. They have told Belfast Live that they are overewhelmed with offers. Cordia Apartments are offering free accommodaton for all health workers who need to stay away from home at this time.
Talentsenus are working with Manufacture NI to ensure that business can effectively assess the skills within an organisation to know who can be selected for furlough. They can also identify skills gaps to enable effective recruitment.
Our distilleries are also pivoting to support as both Copeland Distillery and Shortcross gin are making sanitizers to help meet the drop in supply of alcohol based cleaning products.
O’Neills have also pivoted from manufacturing sports wear to hospital scrubs for medical staff.
Our restaurant and hospitality industry has largely been shut down, but many are offering takeaways and deliveries such as Alexanders in Holywood, to ensure they stay in business and to give help to those unable to cook or wanting a break.
These are some examples and there are countless others who are doing what they can to help and to contribute to save lives.
Get in touch with Raise if we can support or promote efforts in this difficult period.