Marshall-Tufflex, has been recognised by the British Chambers of Commerce as a ‘UK Business Hero’ for its immediate response to meet demand for its antimicrobial trunking for the emergency NHS Nightingale Hospitals.
Launched in early October, the UK Business Heroes campaign recognises the incredible work that UK businesses have undertaken to combat the challenges presented by COVID-19.
Marshall-Tufflex was nominated by Ana Christie, CEO of Sussex Chamber of Commerce, for its work on the emergency NHS Nightingale Hospitals.
The Hastings-based manufacturer was approached to supply its anti-microbial cable trunking for the facilities, which uses a silver ion solution that disrupts key cell functions of bacteria and prevents them from reproducing – 99.9% of harmful bacteria will not survive.
To meet the immense volumes and urgency, Marshall-Tufflex changed its manufacturing and distribution operation, with the factory running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and factory teams working additional hours and over weekends to deliver the required quantities. To put demand in perspective, use of the bio ingredient was around three tonnes every year. During a three-week period, over 40 tonnes was used.
The logistics team transformed its procedures, with multiple drops required per day to meet demand for flexible and urgent deliveries, as well as a delivery to one site at 2am following the order just 12 hours earlier.
Due to this undertaking to make this urgent delivery possible, the British Chambers of Commerce has named Marshall-Tufflex a UK Business Hero 2020 for its incredible contributions.
Paul Mitchell, Managing Director at Marshall-Tufflex, states, “I’m extremely proud of the team at Marshall-Tufflex and key suppliers involved with meeting demand for such an exceptional project.
“In these unprecedented times, the emergency NHS Nightingale Hospitals required an extraordinary volume of our antimicrobial trunking to be manufactured and delivered in a very short amount of time. To be recognised as a Business Hero for our teams outstanding work and innovative new processes is brilliant, and we are honoured.”
Christie says:, “It has been amazing to see Marshall-Tufflex completely change their production schedules to respond rapidly to the Nightingale projects with an extremely smart solution, introduced to prevent harmful bacteria from surviving. It is a huge credit to the company, their suppliers and the whole team.”