Scots manufacturer receives £1m funding boost to support PPE production

LIVINGSTON-based manufacturer Empteezy, which specialises in spill control solutions, has secured a £1 million CBILS funding package from Royal Bank of Scotland to support the company as it starts production of disposable face masks.

Founded in 1986, Empteezy now has sites in France, Spain, Belgium, Italy and Germany.

The funding boost assisted the purchase of eight machines from China, the majority of which will be used at the Scottish premises. Empteezy expects to deliver up to one million items per week.

Founder and MD Bruce Wishart said, “It has undoubtedly been a very challenging period for the manufacturing sector, but we feel fortunate that we have been able to continue business growth and expand our market offering in response to the global demand for PPE kit. We have made careful considerations to ensure that the Schoeller branded face masks we produce are in-line with regulations for use in medical settings as we plan to distribute the masks to NHS suppliers, as well as sell to the general public and wholesale retailers.

“Excellent communication, trusted advice and fast service from the team at Royal Bank of Scotland enabled the expansion, which we hope will help reduce the spread of coronavirus.”

The new production line has created eight new jobs at the Livingston site, with Bruce expecting up to 40 new roles becoming available in the months ahead as demand increases.

David McIntosh, relationship director at Royal Bank of Scotland said, “It has been rewarding to support Empteezy as it diversifies its business and helps provide vital equipment for the public, both in Scotland and overseas. We wish the team the best of luck in the future.”