Adam Carnell and James Kinsella
Chloe Shakesby

Yorkshire mask maker to create 400 jobs as production demand soars

A Yorkshire mask producer has announced that it is creating 400 jobs as it doubles its workforce.

Bluetree Group, which specialises in printing, has secured a contract to provide the NHS with a supply of masks, and is increasing its headcount in order to keep up with high production demand.

The company decided to diversify its business in March following an appeal from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which called on the manufacturing industry to help increase face mask production by 40 per cent.

Adam Carnell, director at Bluetree Group, commented: “This contract gives us the opportunity to help produce millions more much-needed surgical masks for NHS and frontline workers using our specialist machinery and team of skilled machine operators.

“This is a period of significant growth for Bluetree Group and we’re looking to recruit 400 people in total to help meet increased production demand.

“Roles we’re recruiting for include machine operators, engineers, lab technicians and logistics professionals.

“Our priority is ensuring those who need these items most get them, and we look forward to growing our exceptional team.”

Health minister Jo Churchill added: “The response from Northern Powerhouse companies has been phenomenal and I can’t thank them enough for their commitment to the national drive.

“Every health and care worker must have access to PPE and through this national effort we are building more resilient, UK-based supply chains to guarantee an uninterrupted flow to the frontline.

“We have already struck deals with around 30 UK companies to manufacture PPE and over 100 suppliers to deliver items at scale and pace. We will continue to identify further opportunities to get more PPE to the frontline rapidly.”

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