Liniar scooped a Covid 19 Business Hero award at the G-Awards for its community engagement, primarily its Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Project during the pandemic.

The PPE project was pioneered by design and development apprentice Oliver Marriott after learning from family members at Derby Royal Hospital about the struggle to obtain PPE.

The team designed, prototyped, 3D-printed and manufactured protective visors, investing £20k on tooling and starting to get them out to those who needed them within just two weeks. All NHS and care workers received the visors free of charge, with Derby Royal Hospital among the first group to benefit. Some 38,500 visors have been donated to date.

Oliver said, “My family members were telling me about continued PPE shortages – and as the pandemic continued to get worse, I could see the stress they were under. I’m so proud that Liniar took my idea and ran with it and delighted at how many people, along with my family members, we’ve been able to help.”

The G21 judging panel chose Liniar as one of the two joint winners, alongside hardware supplier UAP.

Group Sales Director Nigel Bishop, accepting the award, said: “The PPE project gave our whole team a great sense of direction and satisfaction during very uncertain times. The pandemic hasn’t stopped our community engagement – in fact, we’ve helped more people than ever before – so I’m extremely pleased Liniar has been recognised for the amazing work that’s still helping to deliver vital PPE to the NHS and care workers.”

Sue Davenport, Group Marketing Director, commented: “Liniar prides itself on being part of something bigger, which includes participating in community projects with local schools and charities. It’s Liniar’s first G Award and is a real testament to the continued dedication of the team throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Pictured: Sue and Nigel receiving the award