Newly launched Preston hand sanitiser company set to make £30 million

Posted on - 19th July, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Charities, Health
A woman applying hand sanitiser
Applying hand sanitiser has become standard practise during the pandemic

Hand sanitiser company ClearWater Hygiene is on course to generate more that £30 million in revenue just 12 weeks after launching.

The company, founded by property developer Andrew Montague and his wife Rachel, produces high quality, UK-manufactured hand sanitiser aimed at protecting frontline workers and the wider public in the fight against COVID-19.

The hand sanitiser is bottled in Preston after being produced at the Deeside Gin Distillery in Banchory.

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ClearWater began trading in March and has increased capacity to producing over 900,000 litres of its product every week.

Andrew said: “As lockdown was being announced in March, we immediately saw the importance of reducing our reliance on imports and focusing on UK manufacturing to ensure both health providers and private businesses could access high quality and fairly priced products which are now essential in the battle against the pandemic.

“We are proud to be providing some much-needed support in the fight against COVID-19 by gifting our product to NHS charities, while at the same time building a successful business.

Andrew and Rachel Montague
Andrew and Rachel Montague started their business CW Hygiene 12 weeks ago and are not set to have made £30 million in the first 12 weeks of trade. Pic: ClearWater Hygiene

“From a standing start just 12 weeks ago, we have seen a huge surge in demand for ClearWater products across the UK.”

The Edinburgh-headquartered business launched in response to the coronavirus lockdown and managed to secure several significant corporate contracts across the country including with The Post Office, O2 Retail, BP and Aldi amongst others.

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Concerns about the inflated prices of hand sanitisers and an over reliance on imported supplies were the catalyst for launching the business which has donated significant quantities of its products to NHS charities.

Andrew said: “I think our success has come from our ability to address customer concerns about product or supply failures.

“Our production processes are all UK-based and we offer an extremely high quality, independently certified product.

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“As we face a long-term battle in controlling the spread of coronavirus, this has become an essential requirement for our customers as it could be the key factor in surviving the difficult times ahead.”

The product contains 80% Ethanol liquid and has gone through European testing standards making it suitable for use in hospitals, care homes and other public health facilities.

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