Posted on:
16th April, 2020

Businesses in LEP areas find new solutions to tackle coronavirus

The Coronavirus outbreak continues to have a big impact on businesses across the UK but businesses in the Black Country are working hard to find new solutions and provide support the ongoing Covid-19 disruption.

Businesses in LEP areas find new solutions to tackle coronavirus

We have rounded up some great examples of Black Country companies who have excelled in these trying times. If your business needs support or requires a business grant provided by the Government, please click here to get in touch with our team.

Black Country steel manufacturer supports the construction of NHS Nightingale.

Hadley Group is a world leader in advanced cold rolled steel technology and have recently put in great effort to support the construction of a new facility at the ExCel in London called NHS Nightingale. The critical new medical centre aims to provide up to 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen to help aid the fight against Coronavirus.

Hadley Group are a big part of the Black Country business community, housing their group headquarters in Smethwick. The group delivers innovative solutions with applications across sectors such as construction, industrial and agriculture.

Kloeckner UK creates a solution to meet immediate demand for NHS Nightingale

Dudley based Kloeckner UK recently supported the construction of the new NHS Nightingale Hospital. The centre has been built in London at the ExCel to aid those suffering from the Coronavirus.

Kloeckner UK are the largest mill independent multi-metal stockholder and distributor in the UK, offering a wide range of products across a number of sectors. The Dudley team supplied metal frames for 250 work benches within the ExCel and created an innovative new slot and tab solution to get the order ready in just two days.

Alloy Wire International produce 5km of materials for NHS Nightingale  

Alloy Wire International are a world-leading manufacturer of precision drawn round wire, flat wire, profile wire, bars and wire rope in more than 60 different high-performance nickel alloys based in Brierley Hill, Dudley.

The company has been working hard to keep up with the increased demand for materials during COVID-19 and recently produced 5km of materials to be used in life-saving equipment within the NHS Nightingale Hospital in London.

Sandstone Yoga goes digital to combat the Covid-19 disruption

Sandstone Yoga & Pilates is a training franchise based in Aldridge, Walsall which currently has 6 studio spaces in 4 locations in the Midlands and the Cotswolds.

During the disruption caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, Sandstone Yoga have changed the way they operate to appeal to the new ‘normal’ consumers are facing of being at home for the foreseeable future. The company have started to stream their usual sessions live using the internet to connect with customers, offering a completely online service.

Repose Furniture prioritises NHS orders to supply temporary hospitals

Cradley Heath based Repose Furniture are a family run business who design innovative seating solutions to deliver quality and comfort both in the home and in the health and care sectors.

The company are continuing to produce seating solutions but are prioritising orders for the new temporary NHS hospitals such as the Nightingale Hospital in London which has been put in place to aid the fight against Coronavirus.

A&M EDM produce vital ventilator components to support the NHS

Smethwick based A&M EDM are an award-winning engineering solutions company who were approached to be part of the Ventilator Challenge UK consortium. The aim of this consortium is to help support the production of 10,000 new ventilators for the NHS to meet the increasing demand.

Ventilator Challenge UK is a consortium of industrial, technology and engineering businesses from within the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors. These businesses have come together to produce medical ventilators to aid in the fight against Coronavirus.

A&M EDM have worked tirelessly over the Easter holiday while complying with social distancing guidance to produce a number of key components for the ventilators needed. The company have also utilised an approved design distributed by the 3D printing industry to provide headbands and chin pieces for face shields, to be used by frontline workers.

We’re proud to support the Black Country business community and will continue to look for other great examples to share across our social media and our website. If you require support, please get in touch with our dedicated team at or call us on 0300 770 2245.