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Surescreen Diagnostics to create 1,000 jobs at new world-class factory in Nottinghamshire

SureScreen Diagnostics has developed rapid antigen and antibody tests for Covid-19

A company that has been at the frontline in the fight against Covid-19 is to create up to 1,000 new jobs after agreeing to purchase a new manufacturing centre in Nottinghamshire.

Derby-based SureScreen Diagnostics plans a phased increase of its workforce up to 1,300 after moving into the new site at Sherwood Business Park, in Annesley, last week.

The expansion follows an order for tens of millions of antigen tests for Covid-19 from the UK Government.

Director David Campbell said: “This is a huge step to increasing our capacity to meet demand, but also to establish one of the best lateral flow manufacturing facilities for the future.

“This will mean incredible growth of the company, which comes with challenges, but we are committed to helping governments and companies worldwide to be on top of Covid-19 and its variants.

“It’s important that we build a platform in the UK to be ready for future healthcare needs, including possible future pandemics and we believe this facility will help to do just that.”

SureScreen Diagnostic antigen and antibody tests sold around the world

Since Covid-19 first emerged in late 2019, SureScreen has developed antibody and antigen tests that have been exported to 53 countries and dependencies in every corner of the world.

The antigen tests were the first European tests to pass the validation process in the laboratory by Public Health England.

Their accuracy was deemed to be excellent, and, as a result, 20 million were ordered by the UK Government for its national rapid testing programme.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the SureScreen production line on the day the contract was signed, underlining its significance.

Orders for both tests prompted an increase in people from 60 to more than 300 over the course of a year.

SureScreen Diagnostics' new site in Sherwood Business Park

But with SureScreen's new site, based near junction 27 of the M1, it believes headcount will grow rapidly given the high levels of demand.

Meanwhile, the company is still developing other tests, including its unique alcohol testing devices for ambulances, and supply of urine diagnostic tests to more than half of the GPs surgeries in the country.

East Midlands businesses help SureScreen Diagnostics' growth

Director Alastair Campbell added: “We are very excited about the future of SureScreen Diagnostics.

“This year is the 25th anniversary of the company, and we’ve always been immersed in scientific innovation, motivated by the chance to improve people’s health and well-being through rapid testing.

“We would like to publicly thank our team for their undivided dedication and hard work over the pandemic, but also give credit to the local businesses that have been key partners in this exciting project – DSP (Interiors) Ltd, Smith Partnership, Encore Personnel, NatWest, Bates Weston and FHP.

“Their help in the development of Sherwood Park in a short space of time has been amazing.

“Black and White PR, Mercia Image and Flint Bishop have also been extremely helpful during the last year, and we’ve enjoyed working with the local business community in Derby.”

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