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When national supplies of ethanol started to run low and the rate of Covid-19 infections began to rise back in March, Aintree Gin owner Sean Roache researched the manufacturing requirements and ingredients needed to put his company’s equipment to good use to produce sanitisation products.
The company, which ordinarily makes a range of popular gins in celebration of the world-famous Aintree racecourse, then began the production of thousands of litres of sanitiser which they have since delivered across the North West.
“I could see how the virus was taking a hold and how countries were being hit with a shortage of sanitiser and so I knew it wouldn’t be long before it hit us here in the UK. We already deal in white spirits so I knew we had the basis to make sanitiser. I started researching it and sourcing the other necessary ingredients and then as we entered lockdown in the UK I was ready to go.”
“As word got out we were bombarded with messages from hospitals, care homes and social workers all in desperate need of sanitiser so we put the word out to friends and family and soon had a team of volunteers helping us meet the demand. We have ended up donating over 3000 litres of the sanitiser to people on the frontline fighting the virus. At the peak of the virus, we were working around-the-clock, 24-hours-a day.”
The demand for sanitisers is still huge, says Sean. Speaking from the company’s Aintree headquarters, he said:
“Our gin business was growing significantly before Covid-19 hit but the pandemic has opened up a whole new business direction for us. Of course, we are still supporting worthwhile organisations with sanitiser products but we are now providing Aintree sanitiser to businesses including shops, bars, hotels, restaurants, schools and colleges.
“The need for a sanitiser is here to stay, even after Covid-19 I think we have all increased our efforts to maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. Aintree sanitiser is now a major part of our business operations.”
We recently caught up with Sean at Aintree Gin to find out what business has been like and how they’ve supported the community.
“I am proud we have played our part in helping people in the North West fight Covid-19 and we will continue to do so. The virus does not seem to be shifting yet so we still have a lot to do but it is about all of us being sensible and taking the steps to fight it.”
Aside from the thriving sanitising arm of Aintree’s business operations, sales of its gin are booming with interest from as far away as Australia.
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