Vegan hand wash manufacturer continues production with support from GC Business Growth Hub

A Bury-based manufacturer of vegan hand wash has put new measures in place to protect staff and keep in-demand hand wash in production during the coronavirus crisis, with the help of guidance from GC Business Growth Hub.

Faith in Nature, a supplier of hand wash and soaps to major retailers, including Boots and Sainsbury’s, recognised the essential nature of its products during the COVID-19 crisis, but wanted to ensure the safety of its 70 employees.

After putting new procedures in place based on government guidance, Jason McNeil, head of operations at Faith in Nature, worked with Matt Ward, manufacturing advisor at the Hub, to understand the challenges faced in implementing the necessary health and safety measures.

This included ensuring all administrative staff moved to working remotely, with only essential staff present on site to continue the production of hand wash and soaps. The company has temporarily suspended production of some beauty lines to meet increased customer demand for soap and hand wash.

“Matt’s support has enabled us to continue production of our hand soap, helping to restock the shelves of major retailers during the crisis, while keeping our employees safe,” said Jason.

“The Hub has helped us to safeguard the jobs of our workforce and will see us continue operating under these new measures until June 2020, or for as long as the COVID-19 crisis continues.”

COVID-19 presents many challenges for manufacturing businesses, but those deciding that they can and must remain open have a responsibility to employees, customers, suppliers, and wider society, to follow best practice to avoid spread of coronavirus.

To help manufacturers navigate this new environment and join Faith in Nature in being able to make the best decisions, GC Business Growth Hub’s industry experts have created a manufacturing guide with all the latest information and advice on what steps need to be taken.

Geoff Crossley, senior business advisor at GC Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, said: “We’re delighted to have helped play a part in keeping Faith in Nature’s production of hand soaps running at this critical time, without putting their staff at any unnecessary risk.

“Greater Manchester’s manufacturers have had some difficult decisions to make in order to safeguard jobs as well as following government guidance and preventing the spread of coronavirus.

“Our guide helps business leaders work through some of the key challenges. The Hub is always ready to offer advice and support, as we did with Faith in Nature, who were already putting their procedures in place but were able to be confident that they were doing the right thing after speaking to Matt.”