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Russell Scanlan Applauds Masterbrew Clients Switching to Sanitiser Production

Russell Scanlan has lent its support to two distillery clients that were quick to switch their production lines from artisan gin to much needed hand sanitiser in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The independent insurance broker, that has a specialist insurance division, Masterbrew, for breweries and distilleries, worked with the businesses and their insurers to make sure that changes in production could be made swiftly and safely, securing cover for the new manufacturing plans whilst in lockdown.

Llanfairpwll Distillery on Anglesey and Ludlow Gin in Shropshire were amongst the first in the country to recognise that they were in a position to help address the shortage of hand sanitiser, crucially needed by communities, carers and key workers. While they adjusted their operations to take on the new lines, the team at Russell Scanlan made sure that they had support from the policy underwriters at the insurance companies.

Rob Laming of Llanfairpwll Distillery said “We are a small business and like many others, lost our trade orders as the Covid-19 lockdown forced the closure of our clients’ shops, bars and restaurants. Still, we had the facilities to help and when Welsh Drinks Cluster, our industry association, got in touch and suggested a move to sanitiser production we were very keen to help. We have been working closely with the Welsh Government and other local distilleries since that point to meet the overwhelming demand, and producing the sanitiser for those that need it in our community, delivering directly to district nurses, Marie Curie care nurses and local food banks to name just a few.

“Despite the demand for the product, which is not showing any sign of letting up soon, this is not a profit-making venture. We took on the challenge to help our community and the key workers risking their lives, whilst keeping our production line going and our doors open.”

Shaun Ward of Ludlow Gin also jumped at the opportunity to give back to his adopted hometown of Ludlow, “We decided from the outset to work in partnership with other local distillers to help frontline NHS staff on a non-commercial basis. Our customers have been incredibly supportive of what we decided to do and have relished the chance to spread the word on the importance of hand washing. We’ve valued the opportunity to give back to those working so hard in the health/care services and do something that could help save lives.

“When I started my gin making career, I never believed I would be asking myself moral questions as to whether I should be doing something for commercial gain or not. These are exceptional times and we must all do what we can if we are able, it’s not the time to think profits. It’s a great privilege to be able to help.”

Russell Scanlan’s Masterbrew team offers specialist insurance-cover for micro-brewers, craft beer producers, distillers and the wider drinks industry. The team is on hand for anyone looking to branch out of their normal production line to help with the demand for sanitiser. Russell Scanlan can also help any business that has questions about how their insurance may be affected as a result of the pandemic.

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