Critical Healthcare, a provider of frontline medical products including PPE, has reported rapid growth as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Offaly-based company is an approved HSE and NHS supplier and works with emergency service providers across Ireland, the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, France, Spain and Poland, ensuring that healthcare professionals have all of the essential medical products they require.
Speaking on Morning Ireland, CEO and co-founder Anne Cusack said demand for their products surged back in March.
"There had been a natural increase in business over the past few years, but in March demand escalated exponentially with the additional requirements for PPE," she said.
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Critical Healthcare recently invested over €500,000 in a new 30,000 sq. ft headquarters facility in Tullamore and has also increased its workforce to over 30 employees.
Ms Cusack said their new facility will enable them to take the company through to the next phase of growth as they continue to scale.
She said their expansion is largely due to recent innovations in their Medlogistix online procurement software, a pre-authorised system that allows customers to order products 24/7 and can be accessed remotely - which Ms Cusack said is essential in a highly pressurised emergency services environment.
In terms of Brexit, Ms Cusack said the company is currently preparing for the challenges that may arise.
"Brexit is a difficult one, and I suppose for us the biggest challenge is knowing what is coming down the road and trying to prepare for that. We have a number of plans in place but until we can get a firm decision on whether it is going to be a hard or soft Brexit, it makes it very difficult to put plans in place. Leaving things until the eleventh hour is not helpful for any business," she said.
"We will be looking at having a presence in the UK. It would make sense for us given the level of business we have there," she added.
In addition to providing medical products, Critical Healthcare is also involved in the development of a new rapid Covid-19 test with Roche, which Ms Cusack said will be rolled out in the next few weeks.
"For us, it was a natural fit to work with Roche on this test, as we have been working with them for the last 10 years. We will be supplying this rapid test to the emergency services, but also to large organisations that are looking to put business continuity plans in place," she said.