An audio visual and IT equipment supplier has been able to help NHS staff work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic with support from Lloyds Bank.
Bolton-based IDNS is a leading provider of large-format displays and supplies a range of audio visual and IT hardware and software. Its 5,000-strong customer base includes schools, universities and the NHS. However, when the coronavirus pandemic hit and a UK lockdown was announced, many of IDNS’ customers were forced to close, leaving the business facing cashflow issues.
Turning to longstanding banking partner, Lloyds Bank, Managing Directors David Shuttleworth and Darren Clayman were able to secure a seven-figure loan through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILs), allowing the duo to safeguard jobs for their team of 70 staff while covering other business overheads.
The loan has also given IDNS the working capital boost needed to meet essential orders for teams on the frontline of the NHS. The firm has already supplied hundreds of laptops, headsets, desktop speakers, interactive touchscreens and webcams to NHS trusts across the country.
The equipment has allowed NHS teams to communicate remotely while planning and coordinating their ongoing response to the pandemic. Tech has also been provided to patients receiving non-critical care, allowing them to access face-to-face consultations with clinicians without leaving home.
David Shuttleworth, Managing Director at IDNS, said: “Technology is playing a critical role in helping trusts and hospitals fight coronavirus – allowing them to communicate, collaborate and even interact with patients.
“Not only has this new funding meant we can fulfil essential orders for the NHS but it’s also ensured our team of highly skilled staff can continue to meet their commitments and support their families. It’s all been possible thanks to the support from Alistair and the team at Lloyds Bank, alongside Mark Steel at Camalex Corporate Finance.”
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