York entrepreneurs have teamed up to launch a new product to help businesses return to work safely.
Many firms are preparing to reopen after the government revealed its roadmap out of lockdown. So York-based firm Tickertape Labs Limited has created the Covid Care Box.
This contains all the essential items for returning to the office, including:
- alcohol wipes
- personal tissues
- alcohol-based sanitiser
- reusable face masks
- PVC/latex gloves
- and disposable wooden cutlery.
Costing £20, each pack is individually sealed in Ziplock bags and delivered to a workplace to be distributed to staff.
Find out more and order via the Covid Care Box website.
Ten per cent of profits from all purchases are donated directly to NHS Charities Together.
Already receiving orders
The Covid Care Box is meant to be used in addition to any other measures that a business may already be undertaking or planning, specific to their workplace.
Supplies of the items have been sourced over the past two months to allow the first few thousand orders to be delivered from York “with robust supply chains in place to ensure a steady flow of supplies”.
Shipping will take place over the next two to three weeks based on demand from businesses and their re-opening plans.
The three people behind the initiative are Matthew Freckelton and Brannan Coady from York, and Christian Brock from Newcastle.
Matthew, who founded social media monitoring service Yatterbox, went on to create Railguard, a repayment service for train passengers hit by delays.
Brannan is the boss of fast-growing York web development company Netsells. And Christian runs Salestechnic, supporting SMEs in the tech sector.
Matthew said: “Over the coming weeks and months a significant number of businesses will be looking to re-open and while many staff will be working from home, we want to help support those staff who need to work from an office environment.
“From our own businesses and contacts here in York and across the UK we know businesses are looking to put in place appropriate measures following government advice.
“But we felt there was something a little extra that a business could provide to help their employees in the form of a care box. The idea of the Covid Care Box was created, and we then started work on a base product.”
The orders they have already received “demonstrate a demand in the marketplace as businesses can easily place one order with us rather than having to source the individual items separately,” he said.