COVID-19 - how you can help in the fight against COVID-19

Businesses and communities are being called upon to help tackle COVID-19


NHS Scotland and other front-line services urgently require the following critical supplies now and in the coming weeks:

  • Ventilators and associated kit for Intensive Care Unit needs
  • Face masks – FFP3 masks that comply with EN149:2001
  • Surgical masks – Type IIR Fluid Resistant
  • Surgical gowns
  • Hand Sanitiser – hospital / social care requirements
  • Swabs-Testing Kit - MW951S (bottle, agent, stick)
  • Disposable eye wear and disposable full face visors

Can you help? Please download the letter below from Ivan MnKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, appealing to companies who may be able to help deliver these critical supplies. 

If your business can offer any support please respond directly to the email address detailed in the letter.

Download letter


Researchers at Brunel University London need manufacturing partners to rapidly manufacture this device at scale to help in the fight against COVID-19.

  1. Electronics manufacturing - PCB manufacturing and assembly capability
  2. CNC machining 
  3. 3D printing or Injection moulding
  4. ISO13485 certified reagent supplier
  5. Lab equipment and reagent suppliers - swabs and other sample collection and preparation accessories including gloves, pipettes and pipette tips ready to manufacture, rapid and portable testing kit.

If you can help with manufacturing this incredibly important device please contact Ian Ferris on Linkedin.

Contact Ian Ferris

New technology challenge to support people who are isolating

£500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus.The funding will be available to innovators who can find digital ways to support people who need help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The ‘Techforce19’ challenge aims to support those who need to stay at home for several weeks and need help. This could include people who need mental health support or who have social care needs.

Funding of up to £25,000 per company is available.

The programme is looking for digital solutions that can be launched in the next few weeks, and could include: 

  • providing remote social care – for example, by locating and matching qualified carers to those in need
  • optimising the volunteer sector – for example, by developing tools to recruit, train and coordinate local volunteers into clinical and non-clinical workers
  • improving mental health support – for example, by making it easier to discover and deliver mental health services and support
  • any other solutions to ease pressures on services and people during this time

This technology will supplement existing support for those who may be most affected by staying at home for long periods of time.

The programme is being launched by NHSX and managed by PUBLIC, a GovTech venture firm. PUBLIC will not receive any payment for running this competition. 

For more information on the programme and how to apply, visit

New Portal Launched to Help Scotch Whisky Industry Supply Hand Sanitiser

The Scotch Whisky Association has launched an important tool for companies to help meet the demand of organisations that need supplies of hand sanitiser.

The portal will serve as a conduit between Scotch Whisky distillers, related  industry suppliers and distribution partners and organisations seeking hand sanitiser. It will connect distillers wanting to make hand sanitiser with those who can provide key ingredients, supplies such as bottles, pump-action closures and labels, and companies that can help distribute sanitiser to organisations in need.

Scotch Whisky producers and other relevant businesses will be asked to complete a response form via the SWA website, and the SWA will act as a clearing house for companies seeking the necessary guidance to begin production at scale or in the local community.

Access the portal here

The SWA has worked closely with government, HMRC, HSE and SEPA to overcome regulatory barriers such as that of excise duty and Biocides regulations.

Article published by the Scotch Whisky Association