ISLE OF WIGHT ILLUSTRATORS JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 WITH HSBC UK FUNDING

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An Isle of Wight company which creates unique automotive merchandise using laser cutting techniques has joined the fight against COVID-19 after securing a funding package of £50,000 from HSBC UK.

Black Art Graphics, based in Bembridge, has used the government-backed Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) to diversify its corporate gift business to produce and supply much-needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to local hospitals and care homes. So far, the firm has used it laser cutting equipment to produce over 30,000 face visors, far exceeding its initial crowdfunding goal of 500 visors.

The funding from HSBC UK has enabled Black Art Graphics to purchase materials and additional equipment needed for the laser-cut visors, the design for which has been approved by its local NHS Trust. The company has made use of its specialist laser cutting equipment to produce appropriate PPE that matches new CE standards.

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Daniel Kozakewycz, Owner of Black Art Graphics, said:

“The funding from HSBC UK has not only allowed us to keep the business afloat during this pressing time, but has also enabled us to play our part in tackling this deadly virus. We’re incredible grateful to the bank, particularly Business Specialist, Clive Routledge, for supporting us and believing in us.”

Clive Routledge, Business Specialist at HSBC UK, said:

“Black Art Graphics is a fantastic example of how local businesses can diversify to serve their communities during a time of need and we are delighted to support the business to ensure it can successfully supply vital equipment to local hospitals and care homes.”

The company now has a large supply of materials to meet ongoing demand, including an order of 10,000 units from Portsmouth County Council.

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Black Art Graphics is currently expanding its manufacturing capacity by joining up with other local laser cutting companies on the Isle of Wight to meet government supplier standards in order to provide the UK government with more than one million units of PPE to be distributed across the country.

HSBC UK is working closely with the Government and UK Finance to identify emerging issues and make sure customers and businesses have the advice and support they need. For tips and advice for businesses around planning for any possible disruption, visit www.business.hsbc.com/novel-coronavirus.

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