Tens of thousands of visors sit waiting to be shipped abroad after the Government failed to agree to buy them.

The vital PPE kit has been made by a Nottingham firm desperate to help frontline medics.

Boss Jon Tolley, who needs a deal to save jobs, said: “We’ve had nurses in tears.”

Printers Prime Group transformed its operation and took on 30 extra staff ready to make up to one million visors a month, which is 35,000 a day.

But the firm is frustrated that despite contacting officials a month ago, no orders have been placed.

It has already delivered 350,000 to frontline NHS and care staff here for free or at cost.

Mr Tolley revealed they had been unable to get a big NHS order after investing £250,000 on materials.

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The mountain of boxes containing vital PPE in Nottingham that may now be sent abroad – after the British government failed to place an order

Instead, he has been dealing with individual NHS trusts for orders of 1,000 to 30,000 visors.

By the end of this week, there will be 100,000 in stock without allocated buyers, which could end up being sold abroad.

He needs a deal to secure his own workers’ jobs.

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Jon said: “I have the material to make another 500,000.

“I have to decide whether to sell that material to Europe as there is demand.

“They are already making our designs.”


Prime Group MD, Jon Tolley, offered visors to the government last month

He decided to make the visors after his wife, an intensive care nurse, told him of shortages.

“My wife had a shift in March and told me they were running desperately low on PPE,” said Jon, 47, whose visors have been approved by clinicians.

“We have had nurses contacting us in tears saying ‘please help, we are desperate’.

“We are saying to the Government, rather than import from abroad, come to us.”

The Government says it has had more than 8,000 offers of support from suppliers of PPE.

Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, said the Government would “pursue every possible option” to secure PPE for the UK.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We are accelerating the progress of getting back to all those companies with a substantive response.”

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