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Estate agency boss launches PPE equipment firm to pay his furloughed staff more

Scottish industry figure Tom Sheridan goes the extra mile and then some for his employees and aims to top up their government payments with profits from the firm.

Nigel Lewis

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An estate agency boss in Scotland has set up a company that distributes hand sanitising and PPE equipment to help him pay his furloughed staff the 20% of their salaries not covered by the government.

Tom Sheridan, who runs the Clydebank Estate Agency near Glasgow as well as a separate property management company, has set up Dr Sanitser and branded up a van to complete deliveries of protective masks, push dispensers, gloves, distance tape and face shields.

His new venture already has a busy order book including bars and churches, and he plans to keep the business going even if the Scottish government allows estate agents to re-open on June 18th.

“A number of elderly people have also contacted me to deliver masks and sanitiser for when they are allowed back out. I haven’t charged them though as they have no other route to access these supplies,” he says.

Sheridan believes there will a rush of orders as the Scottish government moves to allow retailers, pubs, restaurants, schools, gyms, cinemas and museums to re-open.

“The PPE hasn’t been particularly expensive to buy, so I have purchased it out my own pocket and then companies contact me to install it in their premises in line with government guidelines,” he told local media.

“Any profit I make will hopefully go towards making sure my staff at the estate agency are financially stable.”

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June 8, 2020

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