East Lothian Council has teamed up with a local business to help protect its frontline staff during the Coronavirus crisis

NB Gin has branched out and is now producing a highly effective hand sanitiser at its North Berwick distillery and the council has collected a large order for distribution to staff delivering essential services including waste collection, education staff working in hubs, social work staff, amenity services teams, property maintenance and roads colleagues.


Councillor John McMillan, council spokesperson for Economic Development, said: “Protecting our colleagues while they continue to carry out core council services is key at this time so it’s just fantastic that this local business is producing something that’s essential to this. I’m sure this will be a hugely popular locally-produced product for many other local businesses, groups and organisations.”  


Vivienne Muir from NB Gin said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of NB Sanitiser this week. Only a week ago we decided we had the skills and capacity to assist the current crisis and have produced “NBM” - “Nil By Mouth” Sanitiser. The ingredients follow the recommended World Health Organisation standard so this is a high quality hand rub. We are delighted that East Lothian Council is one of our first customers. It is refreshing that a large scale organisation can support small businesses at a time of crisis and acted quickly. We have been overwhelmed with demand and are working hard to prioritise local medical and other key worker outlets across east Lothian and beyond.”


The sanitiser is being produced in 500ml or 5 litre containers and refill packs are also being developed.


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Published: Wednesday, 1st April 2020