Ogmore MP and AM call on local businesses to join Welsh Government fight against Coronavirus

Ogmore’s Welsh Labour MP and AM, Chris Elmore and Huw Irranca-Davies, are calling on local businesses to help develop rapid sanitising solutions for emergency vehicles as part of the Welsh Government’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Businesses with suitable expertise and equipment are being urged to work with the Welsh NHS, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, and the Defence and Security Accelerator, to develop new ways to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances and other emergency vehicles.

It currently takes up to 45 minutes to thoroughly clean ambulances once they have transported a patient with suspected Coronavirus. Minimising the time this takes could help to save thousands of lives.

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) will see businesses work with NHS Wales to develop innovative solutions – all development costs of which will be covered.

It is expected that any new solutions will have wider use than the NHS.

The Welsh Government’s Minister for Economy, Transport and the North, Ken Skates AM, has called on the business community across Wales to “play its part” in the national Coronavirus response by turning their capabilities to this fight.  

Huw Irranca-Davies AM added:  “The unprecedented challenge Coronavirus presents means we all have to look hard at how we can play our part. If you’re part of one of the many brilliant businesses we have across Ogmore who may be able to help, please do reach out.  

“We are all in this fight together and we must all make sure that we have used every tool at our disposal to slow the spread of this virus and to help as many people as possible who contact it to get better.”  

Chris Elmore MP said:  “I know we have many innovative businesses across the Ogmore constituency who may be able to contribute to our national response to Coronavirus. Minimising the time it takes to clean emergency service vehicles by even small margins could help to save countless lives.  

“I would urge anybody out there who may be able to help to get in touch with the Welsh Government.”  

The Welsh Government has also launched the Covid-19 relislience innovation project for businesses with other ideas or products which could strengethen the national response to the pandemic. Businesses will need to submit their ideas by April 1.

Businesses can apply to be part of the Welsh Government’s efforts by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-call-for-rapid-sanitising-technology-for-ambulances.

For further information, businesses are able to email SBRI.COE@wales.nhs.uk.

For further information about the Covid-19 resilience innovation project support, please visit: https://businesswales.gov.wales/expertisewales/covid-19-resilience-innovation-project-support.

Businesses can also call 03000 250 243 or email SMARTCymru@gov.wales.