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Lancs hand sanitiser firm set to make £30m three months after launch

Written by on July 6, 2020

The couple behind a Lancashire hand sanitiser company is on track to rake in more than £30 million – just 12 weeks after founding the business.

ClearWater Hygiene has secured a number of major corporate contracts after starting to produce high-grade hand sanister three months ago.

Founded by Andrew and Rachel Montague, the company has been aimed at helping front line workers and the wider public during the coronavirus pandemic.

The sanitiser is bottled in Preston after being produced at Deeside Gin Distillery in Banchory, Aberdeenshire.

Capacity has been upped to 900,000 litres of hand sanitiser a week to cope with demand, the MEN has reported.

Property developer 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.”

He said it ensured “both health providers and private businesses could access high quality and fairly priced products which are now essential in the battle against the pandemic”.

The hand sanitiser is 80% ethanol liquid making it usable in the likes of hospitals, care homes, and doctors’ surgeries.

Andrew and Rachel have so far secured contracts with huge companies including the Post Office, JD plc, BP, Aldi, and O2 Retail.

Some contracts are multi-year, with total value around the £30m mark.

The firm has already raked in revenues of more than £3m, with hand sanitiser donations also being made to the NHS and charities.

Andrew said: “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.

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

ClearWater Hygiene now has 12 full-time employees and eight contracted workers at its headquarters in Leith, Edinburgh, and in other parts of Scotland and the UK.