Government launches coronavirus Future Fund

This scheme will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Future Fund will provide government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. …

Make UK COVID-19 Manufacturing Monitor Survey

Beginning this week, Make UK have launched a short fortnightly survey to give us better insight into the extent to which manufacturers are: continuing to operate, furloughing their employees, accessing government-led financial support, and offer an indication of when trading conditions may return to normal once the lockdown ends. We …

Barnstaple company submits ideas to #ventilatorchallengeuk

New NDMA member, Chris Verney of Barum Solar Heat has submitted a proposal to help with the UK government’s ventilator challenge The proposal is to make use of ULTRA/SUPER CAPACITORS to power low-voltage ventilators making them independent of mains power reliability and also highly portable. Chris explains: “as well as …

Make UK COVID-19 Updates

The second of Make UK’s COVID-19 virtual meetings took place on 15th April Make UK have released updates to the Furlough FAQs here: https://www.makeuk.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-faqs/furlough-under-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme A webinar on updates has also been released: Please continue to feedback to Make UK on the issues you’re facing, and whether the Government support schemes …

Product Assessment & Reliability Centre Ltd [PARC]

PARC is still open and operational Whilst complying with Government guidelines for Social Distancing and home working measures, PARC is working a split shift system to limit the number of workers on site and the laboratory is closed to all visitors for the time being. PARC is aware that many of its customers are diversifying normal design and …

North Devon manufacturer provides ventilator designs

Diamedica (UK) Ltd is playing a critical role in the Government’s efforts to accelerate production of ventilators to support the fight against COVID-19. Update: Diamedica/Plexus partnership mentioned in national news article: Plexus/Diamedica Who are they? Diamedica is an anaesthesia and respiration specialist based in Devon. Plexus is a high-end manufacturing …