Guide East Devon business coronavirus update - 2 July 2020

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14. Volunteers make much-needed PPE equipment at East Devon Business Centre

EDDC officer, Hal Furneaux Gotch, has been making PPE with a 3D printer for front line staff in the NHS and Care Services (using his engineering skills ).  Hal has been working with a volunteer group, 3D Crowd. He put 3D Crowd in touch with the EDDC’s Place, Assets & Commercialisation Service who manage East Devon Business Centre to see if we could help out by providing one of our meeting rooms for their volunteers to use at no cost. 

We are really pleased that we have been able to make this happen. The volunteers are delighted with the accommodation we’ve provided since mid May. They have been using the room a couple of days per week to increase their production capacity by their growing band of local volunteers. In the five weeks of utilising the Weston Room 3630 face shields have been distributed in Devon, Cornwall and South Wiltshire by 3D Crowd for use by health care professionals and other key workers. Registrars covering Devon have also been provided with 30 visor kits, enabling them to carry out the essential services that they provide.

Rob Coulston (joint hub co-ordinator) had this to say:

“Thanks to the Business Centre team, we were able to organise setting up the Hub here in a very short timescale, taking just 2 days to get the room provided to us revamped and kitted out with the cleaning and drying facilities, quality control and kitting arrangements needed to meet the stringent Hub operating specification defined by 3DCROWDUK.

Everyone we have met who is involved with the Business Centre or operating out of here, have been really friendly and supportive and the location and facilities have been perfect for us to setup and run the Hub so successfully in such a short period of time.

For now the Honiton Hub keeps running as we have many more parts to sort, clean and turn into kits and many more businesses coming back online in the coming days for whom our Visors will be essential in helping keep people safe.

A big thank you to East Devon District Council, without your support and help the Honiton Hub would not be in existence.”