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07 May 2020

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


Now in stock

Since the emergence of the Coronavirus, Smith Bros have been working very hard to help and support many of our Local Authorities, NHS and Care Homes by providing vital supplies of PPE. This endeavour will continue as we seek to improve supply chain logistics and stock levels for equipment that is critically required. We are proud to have been a small part in helping the NHS save lives and businesses safeguarding their teams. In parallel to our NHS work we are looking to the future, preparing businesses across the UK for when they ‘re-open their doors’ is our next aim, priority. We have diligently sourced PPE that has been certified and verified by the UK Government, meaning that all the equipment we offer, including hand sanitisers, masks, gloves, goggles meet the UK’s safety certifications/standards.

We believe the UK Government will shortly be announcing a phased easing on the current lockdown. This however will only be possible if businesses can operate and comply within the Governments PPE requirements to keep their teams protected, which means Masks, Hand Sanitisers and Gloves will certainly be part of the PPE required. The surge in demand from many sectors has put a lot of strain on the the supply chain. In anticipation of this, Smith Bros is here to help and fully support your business and assist your team in returning to work. It is vital for you to have a secure and stable PPE supply to ensure you can re-start and continue your work programmes.

In order to get prepared we have launched several Commercial Hygiene Solutions to complement our PPE range. This equipment is targeted at supporting and protecting business against the Corvid-19 virus for both customers and staff and, in the longer term, providing a more hygienic business environment for the future. For example, it seems clear that everyone will feel more comfortable with a greater use of sanitisers on entry and exit and in the deployment of cough and sneeze guards. We feel it’s clear that this pandemic will bring a new era of greater hygiene consciousness and the demand for safer workplaces. We aim to make businesses prepared for the new hygiene era.

Smith Bros is determined to make a difference for businesses and local authorities during this difficult time by carefully, consciously and responsibly sourcing certified PPE that will be essential in back to work plans.


Financing Available

We do recognise however that many businesses will struggle financially to get started again, let alone invest in PPE and hygiene equipment, we will also be offering financial packages that spread the load of outright purchase at affordable levels of repayment. For more informationing about these financing options on our PPE stock please get in touch.


VAT zero rating for personal protective equipment

Please also be aware that the rules on VAT have changed for certain PPE.

There will be a temporary VAT zero rate for the supply of PPE that is required for protection from infection of COVID-19 in guidance published by Public Health England. Following on from guidance from Public Health England (Guidance, COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)), this temporary VAT zero rate will apply to all supplies of PPE which are made between 1st May and 31st July 2020 and supplies made from existing stock.



Products covered by the zero rate include:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Disposable plastic aprons
  • Disposable fluid-resistant coveralls or gowns
  • Surgical masks – including fluid-resistant type IIR surgical masks 
  • Filtering face piece respirator
  • Eye and face protection – including single or reusable full-face visors or goggles


These changes apply to the whole of the UK and more information can be found here.


For more information about the PPE we have available and also how to correctly don and doff this equipment click here or get in touch.



Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)