A Hertfordshire-based Pallet-Track member which provided free storage space to the NHS at the height of the coronavirus pandemic has consolidated the relationship into a longer-term commercial arrangement.

Storage and distribution specialist Aztek Logistics stepped in to assist NHS East Ambulance Service in spring 2020 by holding high volumes of PPE and medical equipment free of charge.

An agreement has has now been formalised to manage the stock and distribution of all ambulance consumables – from PPE and test kits to bandages and mops and buckets.

“The local Letchworth station has only very limited space and, with the need for a larger stores requirement, they asked if we could help,” said Aztek operations manager Duncan Pannell.

“Initially, we agreed to hold around 100 pallets free of charge for about a year until we made it a commercial relationship.

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“We continue to hold around 100 items of turning stock for them and also deliver it back to the Letchworth station when it is called off.”

Aztek MD Stuart Charter said: “Stepping up to offer help free of charge was the right thing to do at the time - they had a need and we had the clean storage space.

“We were happy to help throughout the pandemic. We all took part in the clap for NHS on a Thursday night, but we knew we could do more to assist the front line.

“That relationship has continued to develop from strength to strength and the NHS felt that the relationship should be formalised and become a longer-term arrangement.”

In March 2020, Aztek also delivered specialist flooring into the Nightingale Hospitals at the Birmingham NEC, the ExCel in London’s Docklands, Harrogate Convention Centre, the University of the West of England in Bristol and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.