St Helens Chamber Members Coming Together

30 Apr 2020


Businesses from across the Borough have come together to offer support and services during the Coronavirus outbreak.

In a short space of time, the Coronavirus outbreak has changed the way many companies operate in an unprecedented manner. From small restaurants to multinational corporations, businesses have been forced to change how they do work.

Amid the chaos of introducing restrictions, social distancing and working from home where possible, we have seen acts of kindness from businesses that have gone out of their way to provide a helping hand.

The Eccleston Arms

The Eccleston Arms set up an essential items shopping service to support the local community. The bar and grill is running a shop within its hotel room with NHS staff, key workers, vulnerable and elderly shoppers being prioritised for the service.

Volunteers from Blackbrook ARLFC, ambassadors from the Steve Prescott Foundation charity and celebrities are volunteering to help deliver orders to vulnerable members of the community.

Profits from the service will be donated to the Steve Prescott Foundation.

Mercury Hampton         

Newton-Le-Willows based Executive Search firm, Mercury Hampton Ltd, is offering free recruitment for businesses throughout medical, food and supply chain who require emergency frontline staff.

If you would like further information please contact or call 01925 937311

Professional Liverpool

Following the postponement of its annual Cannes Do lunch, Professional Liverpool has donated thousands of pounds worth of food intended for the event to a community organisation, for distribution to those most in need.

You can read more about this here

Pink Spaghetti

Pink Spaghetti is a business and lifestyle management service; with personal assistant and virtual assistant services nationwide. They are experts in remote working and are available to share advice and tips and offer support to fellow local businesses who are struggling or anticipate issues with the current situation.

Please contact Jayne Shufflebotham at Pink Spaghetti on

Brewed Up Research Products

Engineering consulting company Brewed Up Research Products (BURPS) has used in-house 3D printers to help produce protective masks to be used by NHS staff during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Eccleston-based GP Greg Irving put out a request on the Eccleston Community Support Group on Facebook, and within six hours 3D printed face shields were on the frontline thanks to the quick response by the community.

BURPS have produced over 300 face shield frames which have now been distributed to GP’s and District Nurses in St Helens, various departments at Whiston Hospital, several Care Homes and many paramedics.

This work has been funded by public donations which funds the purchase of materials required to produces various items – including 3500 face shields – by numerous volunteers.

KSH Safety Services

Health and safety has never been more important as it is now, and whilst some businesses have suspended or significantly reduced activity, others are continuing.

The home is the new workplace for many, and employers need to ensure a safe workplace. KSH Safety Services have been helping people ensure that their set up is as good as it can be.

KSH Safety Services are continuing to help businesses update their policies and procedures, offering health and safety audits, and Coronavirus specific risk assessments via online video chat services, particularly where those clients provide essential services.

If you would like further information, please contact KSH Safety Services on 01744 325032, email or website

Inovus Medical

The Inovus Medical design and engineering team were called upon to utilise their expertise and the company’s manufacturing capabilities to assist Formula 1 teams in the production of ventilator parts. Inovus has since been using its production level 3D printer to manufacture components for ventilators.

Protecting front line care givers is critical to helping the fight against COVID-19 and, in response to repeated requests from existing customers to help with this protection, the design team at Inovus have conceptualised and designed an Emergency Face Visor to help meet this demand. Demand has been so high for the visors that the company has had to upscale its manufacturing workforce by 100% to help meet the need. The team are now producing at a rate of 3,000 – 5,000 visors per day and are currently helping to support a number of NHS trusts and social care services across the UK with their PPE needs.

There is plenty of capacity to help further NHS trusts and care organisations so please do get in touch if you require face visors. For a quick response please email,

Positive Eye

Positive Eye is an award-winning training company who deliver dedicated courses about teaching and supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs – Disability (SEND)/Additional Learning Needs (ALN). Positive Eye specialises in training on supporting the needs of children with vision impairment.

With the unexpected arrival of COVID-19, Positive Eye have combined their creative talents, teaching backgrounds and a love of telling stories.

Positive Eye Idea Machine Story Time has been created to support the community and inspire families. A story is shared on Facebook Live multiple times a week, and includes a chapter from one of Marvin’s Adventures. Each broadcast is filled with fun and laughter, lots of dressing up and fantastic props that brings families together.

If you would like to get involved, you can find more information at,

Poplar Services Printers

Poplar Services Printers offer the highest standard of printing using the very latest high-tech equipment currently available in the marketplace, structured to supply impeccable quality in both large and small print runs at the best value of money.

They offer both lithographic and digital print processes which allow jobs to be ordered in exact amounts, as many or as few as the job requires, without compromising on quality.

Poplar is currently offering a full array of printing services at absolute cost to St Helens Council and NHS services. To find out more, please contact or call 01744 23363.

Markland Hill Wealth

Markland Hill Wealth aims to help your finances perform the best they possibly can. Whether you are looking for your first mortgage, or planning your hard earned retirement, Markland Hill Wealth can help you plan for the best possible outcome.

Although the crisis has halted many businesses across the globe, Markland Hill Wealth have utilised technology, from diary systems and cloud computing, to video conferencing and are continuing to see clients on a regular basis online, helping people who are taking the time to spring clean their finances whilst at home.

Markland Hill Wealth are also running online seminars to help you with your finances during the current crisis. To find out more, please email or

If your business is helping others during these challenging times, we would love to hear from you, please email