The Innovation Agency and Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have joined forces with Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership to create a website for suppliers with innovative solutions to COVID-19 challenges.

The new service is aimed at those suppliers who have been directed by the Department of Health and Social Care to donate or supply to their local community, and at smaller companies that are not currently part of the NHS supply chain.

You can visit the site here:


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Supply or donation of healthcare equipment to healthcare providers  

Covid 19 testing kits and laboratory services  



Innovation and Tech  


Chambers of Commerce PPE donation website  



Testing platform supports target of 100,000 COVID-19 tests per day


A new platform has been set up by the Government to support the drive to achieve 100,000 coronavirus tests per day by the end of April – the platform can be accessed at

In addition to scaling up existing technologies and channels, the Government is looking for innovative solutions in specific areas. Solutions, ideas and comments can be uploaded to the platform, focusing on four key challenges:

  1. Dry swabs for use in virus detection – availability of swabs is essential to speed up testing;
  2. Transport media that inactivates the virus – increasing laboratory throughput and minimising processes including the need to handle test samples;
  3. Desktop PCR equipment for Point of Care Testing – using machines that enable fast, accurate and safe results for the operator;
  4. RNA extraction – new ‘ready to go’ methods of extracting viral RNA or enabling viral detection without an extraction step that can be integrated into PCR testing chains.


How you can help in our area

Lancashire and South Cumbria ⯆       Liverpool City Region ⯆       Cheshire ⯆

Lancashire and South Cumbria


Donate supplies

Business that want to make a donation should visit:

The following items, in particular, would be very welcome:

  • medical testing equipment
  • protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser
  • hotel rooms
  • transport and logistics, for moving goods or people

Our team in Lancashire and South Cumbria is coordinating efforts to ensure donations of supplies are reaching the healthcare front line. The North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce has launched a website that encourages businesses to make donations which the Innovation Agency team then directs to the areas of greatest need.

The chamber of commerce says it can call on drivers to collect equipment and deliver it to NHS organisations.

Support manufacturing demand

In addition, a manufacturing cluster has been created in Lancashire and South Cumbria for those businesses looking to support manufacturing demand requirements for the NHS:


Liverpool City Region


Supplies and donations

Business that have supplies or want to make a donation should visit:

The following items, in particular, would be very welcome:

  • hand sanitiser (at least 70 per cent alcohol-based)
  • disposable gloves (vinyl and powder-free)
  • disposable aprons
  • protective face masks (IIR, FFP2 or FFP3)
  • protective eye goggles/glasses and over-spectacle glasses
  • visors

In Liverpool City Region, the Innovation Agency is part of the Growth Platform’s support for the Merseyside Resilience Forum in coordinating the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers.

If your business is in the Halton area, the borough council would like to hear from you if your are involved in 3D printing or its supply chain. Please contact the business improvement and growth team on 0151 511 7825 or email 





In Cheshire, all three local authorities are working with the Government and industry to get supplies of PPE to frontline workers.

Business that want to make a donation should contact Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The following items, in particular, would be very welcome:

  • medical masks
  • aprons
  • gloves
  • goggles
  • hand sanitiser.

Warrington Borough Council is asking communities and businesses for donations which can be made at Orford Jubilee Hub or Warrington Town Hall from 9.30am-4pm each day.



Drop off supplies

If you can drop off supplies please contact Cheshire East Council urgently on:

The collection point details are:
Shavington Leisure Centre, Rope Lane, Shavington, Crewe CW2 5DJ from 12-4pm.


Science and support

The Medicines Discovery Catapult is helping deliver one of the UK national COVID-19 hub laboratories at Alderley Park in Cheshire. Details are here:

There is also a call for volunteers with assay science/support skills:


All offers of support made to health service colleagues in the North West Coast can be directed to These offers will then be triaged to develop a database of viable products and the IA will contact health and care organisations to make them aware of the products.

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