Dales company plays its part in new Nightingale Hospital

A Derbyshire Dales manufacturing business played its part in today's opening of the temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital at London's ExCeL centre.

Buxoplas of Bradwell supplied bespoke water pipes free of charge on next day delivery to support the speedy creation of the first of the government's emergency field hospitals to treat coronavirus patients.

Specialists in developing and working with extruded plastic products for the past 45 years, Buxoplas continues to operate through the coronavirus outbreak, supplying a wide range of markets with plastic tubing, including food supply chains.

Buxoplas director Steve Mycock said:
"We received two separate orders for water pipe, one from the Nightingale at the ExCel and another from the NEC, and we didn't charge for either. As a manufacturing company that continues to operate - albeit at 70% of our usual capacity due to coronavirus self-isolation - we were just happy to do anything to help.
"We have also signed up to the government's coronavirus business volunteer scheme in case there is anything else we can do."
Buxoplas is one of the many local companies that benefited from free business advice from Derbyshire Dales District Council prior to Covid19, helping the company access finance to support its growth.

A District Council spokesperson said:
"We know the Buxoplas team really well and it's great that a Derbyshire Dales business is rising to the challenge and helping the national fight against coronavirus.
"It's also an opportune moment to press home to Government the needs of local small and medium sized manufacturing and engineering firms. The District Council is acutely aware that many SMEs in the Derbyshire Dales, either in sectors not prioritised for support or above the threshold due to the size of their premises are facing significant cashflow problems and uncertainty in the longer term. We are feeding back these concerns to Government and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership along with suggestions on what else could be done.
"Regarding the grants already announced by Government for eligible businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors or in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief, the District Council had paid out more than £2m by this morning and our business rates team will be working over the weekend to process as many payments as they can, as we recognise how crucial this cash is to Dales businesses right now."

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A Derbyshire Dales manufacturing business played its part in today

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