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Guardian Surgical Welcomes Scottish Government Minister after Future of Girvan Manufacturing Site and 100 Jobs is Secured

February 28th, 2017

Guardian Surgical’s Girvan site has hosted a visit from Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy. This follows news that the future of the manufacturing facility has been secured – protecting around 100 jobs – thanks to a joint initiative involving Scottish Enterprise, South Ayrshire Council and the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service.

Mr Wheelhouse was welcomed by Stephen Burt, Managing Director of Guardian Surgical Clinical Solutions, and David Loughran, General Manger at the Girvan plant. He was given a tour of the facility, which produces single use surgical textiles, including drapes and gowns, and procedure packs. Discussions included the plans for the site, made as part of an efficiency programme which is supported by Scottish Enterprise and which will enable it to deliver an increased output of UK manufactured products.

Guardian Surgical’s parent company, Berendsen Plc., has 43 sites across the UK, employing over 7,300 people. This includes a number of Scottish sites employing 500 people and covering healthcare, hospitality and workwear business lines.

The Girvan site has been manufacturing single-use surgical textiles for over 25 years, and the R&D department is highly skilled at developing products with design features that contribute towards efficient surgery, as well as providing high levels of comfort and patient safety.

Guardian serves all 14 of the Scottish Health Boards, as well as numerous contract manufacturers. The establishment of the efficiency programme, supported by Scottish Enterprise, comes just months after agreement with NHS Highlands for the supply of a newly developed Guardian drape range in custom procedure packs, supplied by sister company, Rocialle.

Stephen Burt, Managing Director, comments: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy to discuss our commitment to the local economy and plans for growth. We have a strong presence and a well-established heritage in Ayrshire and are extremely keen to build on this moving forward. We will now work hard to maximise the benefits for the community by making Guardian drapes and gowns the first choice of NHS Scotland.”

Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, said:
“I am delighted to visit Guardian Surgical today. This follows the great news that the company have reached an agreement to secure around 100 jobs in Girvan and will therefore continue to be a much valued employer in the local area.

“This is a really good example of how industry can work together with Scottish Government agencies and local councils to secure manufacturing activity and employment in Scotland, thereby ensuring that new business opportunities continue to be developed here in the months and years ahead. I wish the management and workforce at Guardian Surgical, and all associated with the company, every success for the future.”

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