Black and Banton adapt core services to help clients keep their businesses moving

Like thousands of businesses across the UK, our client Black and Banton Occupational Health saw a significant downturn in their core business when the COVID -19 pandemic hit in March.

But it soon adapted to new ways of working and started to look at alternative ways to support and assist its client base.

Together with the support of long-established suppliers, it has been using the Assure Tech Point-of-care (PoCT) COVID-19 serology test to test for the qualitative detection of IgG and IgM antibodies to Covid-19. This test is approved by the MHRA to be used in the UK for professional use.

Whilst it cannot determine whether a person is infectious or detect if a person has been recently infected (i.e. in the last week or so), the test can give an indication of antibodies to the Coronavirus.

Since launching it, the company has carried out tests for the workforce of not just its North East based clients but across the UK, helping to keep businesses moving at this difficult time.

David Black, Director at Black and Banton said:

“Our job is to help keep our client’s workforce fit and well. We are delighted to be able to play a small part in the fight against this virus and still be able to offer our clients support and assistance during this challenging time.”

He added :

“The indications for conducting COVID-19 tests are constantly changing through the course of the pandemic and Black and Banton will continue to follow guidance when advising our clients on the use of any Point of Care Test Device.”

Paul Shields, Partner at MHA Tait Walker said:

“This is a fantastic example of how North East businesses are adapting to support their clients through the pandemic. We wish David and the team every success with the testing.”