Resilient manufacturers are business heroes of the pandemic - The Yorkshire Post says

When Her Majesty The Queen addressed the nation last Sunday, urging people to remain “united and resolute” in the struggle against coronavirus, her words evoked the wartime spirit.

Steven Green, founder of Harrogate Tipple, makes hand sanitiser at his gin distillery in North Yorkshire. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA

And just as factories of the first half of the 20th century answered a call to arms to mobilise Britain for conflict, manufacturers today have shifted their production as part of an unparalleled peacetime effort in a battle of global public health.

Yorkshire’s industrial sector has a long and proud heritage when it comes to supporting this country and its economy, from the coal fields of its Ridings, to its textile mills and first-rate steel makers.

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Right now, the scale of its national contribution can be seen in the extent to which manufacturing repurposing is taking place in the region. Gin distilleries are producing hand sanitiser, precision engineering firms are making ventilator components and a drug developer is creating a rapid test for screening large populations to diagnose the virus - and that’s to highlight just a few.

There have been manufacturing shifts in Yorkshire and beyond to support the battle against coronavirus.

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Let it not be forgotten that these organisations are transforming their production lines to do what they can to help whilst facing huge challenges of their own, with some fearful for their future.

Yet, they have shown an admirable resilience and it is no exaggeration that their swift ability to adapt, come together and produce vital equipment for the national good could save lives.

Undoubtedly, they and their unwavering staff are a credit to our region - and Ms Hart is absolutely right to call them “our business heroes”.

Editor’s note: first and foremost - and rarely have I written down these words with more sincerity - I hope this finds you well.

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James Mitchinson

Editor