- Sector: Industry Services
- Region: Yorkshire and the Humber
Something new, something blue
Bluetree Group manufactures and sells high-quality products through its three brands; Instantprint, Route 1 Print, and Bluetree Medical. “We are one of the UK’s fastest-growing printers and the UK’s first manufacturers of Type IIR surgical face masks,” says Adam Carnell, a Director at Bluetree Group. The company is the first in England to produce Meltblown, a filtration layer used in personal protection equipment.
Bluetree Group invests in the latest technology and builds its offering to meet customer needs. “Over the past 12 months, we have invested over £18m into our production facility and recruited an additional 400 colleagues, doubling in size, enabling us to produce 20 million Type IIR masks per week,” says Adam.
In April 2020, the World Health Organization appealed to industry to increase the supply of surgical masks by 40% worldwide. Bluetree responded to this by converting their 45,000sqft warehouse into the UK’s first Type IIR surgical mask production facility; including in-house production of Meltblown and an on-site laboratory to conduct quality assurance testing. By May, the firm had become a fully certified mask manufacturer and started fulfilling orders in July. It initially planned to target small businesses but, in August, was commissioned by the UK Government’s Make Scheme to produce over 352 million type IIR masks for the NHS, alongside supplying the UK Dental and Veterinary sectors.
For a small business starting out, James Kinsella, a Director of the Group, has some sage advice: “Get a mentor,” he says. “Many people will be willing to give up time to support new businesses. You can utilise all of these experiences in your business. It will also give you a great sounding board.”