A CUTTING edge Winsford business has adapted its procedures during the pandemic to deliver vital services to the pharmaceutical industry.

Technoprint, the UK’s largest independent supplier of patient information leaflets, was proud to show MP Edward Timpson how processes have been adapted to meet Covid-19 safety regulations.

The company plays a vital part in the supply chain by providing patient information leaflets printed and folded ready for insertion into pharmaceutical packaging.

With staff classified as key workers, the business was required to digitalise its activities further, revise its schedule throughout lockdown, and implement safe social distancing, whilst still meeting an increased demand from customers.

Mr Timpson was given a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities and was impressed with the cleanliness, hygiene, segregation controls and security measures in place.

He spoke to staff who shared details of the tasks and quality controls they perform on a day-to-day basis.

The Eddisbury MP said: “It is fantastic to see how positively a business, so vital to the pharmaceutical supply chain, was able to react and respond to the challenges presented during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“By quickly and efficiently implementing new ways of working, they were not only able to remain open, but ensure vital medical supplies were delivered where they were most needed.”

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Alan Ryan, managing director of Technoprint, said: “Despite the challenging times, the team has reacted extremely positively and worked hard to ensure the delivery of vital life-saving medicines throughout lockdown.

“We were delighted to welcome Edward Timpson to our facilities and share with him our best practice and to receive his support for our endeavours.

"We will continue to ensure we have effective and safe practices in place and work to support and encourage other businesses now looking to make a safe return to work.”

The rapid implementation of the new ways of working and safety standards put in place led toTechnoprint being asked to share its best practice across the region.

The company has delivered a series of back to work webinars, on-line training sessions and question and answer sessions with other organisations in the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Earlier this year, Technoprint’s facility in Winsford was audited by The British Standards Institution for quality management system, pharmaceutical good manufacturing practive and environmental management system accreditations.

All three audits were successfully passed at the highest level.