Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has paid a visit to Tibard Uniforms, to hear about the work they’ve been doing throughout lockdown.
Tibard, based in Dukinfield, is a leading manufacturer of workwear and uniforms, supplying organisations across the country.
During the Coronavirus outbreak, Tibard has diversified from making uniforms for the catering and hospitality sector to making scrubs, medical gowns and clothing for the NHS.
Tibard (and the Oliver Harvey chefwear brand) employs over 100 people in Dukinfield.
Gwynne was shown around the factory on Monday 27 July by Tibard’s Managing Director, Ian Mitchell.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“It was fantastic to visit Tibard and hear about the work that they have done during the crisis.
“It’s great to see how this British firm has managed to successfully diversify to keep operating at the height of the pandemic and provide our NHS with important PPE at a really difficult time.
“I’d like to thank all the staff at Tibard for their amazing work and for making me feel so welcome on my visit.”
Ian Mitchell, Managing Director of Tibard, said:
“March was the most challenging months we have ever faced as a business. Seemingly overnight we watched our customers close and any chance of orders coming through seemed impossible.
“But at Tibard we have always ensured we have a strong manufacturing presence in Manchester and the country needed specialist clothing to come through Covid.
“This is how and why we were able to switch from chefswear to scrubs for the health service, supplying NHS Trusts and Care Homes. Since then, we are now manufacturing an innovative, PPE surgical gown which is being rolled out to Trusts nationwide.”