AN ISLE of Wight company which creates unique automotive merchandise using laser cutting techniques has joined the fight against Covid-19 after securing a funding package of £50,000 from HSBC UK.

Black Art Graphics, based in Bembridge, has used the government-backed Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) to diversify its corporate gift business to produce and supply much-needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to local hospitals and care homes.

To date, the firm has used its laser cutting equipment to produce over 30,000 face visors, far exceeding its initial crowdfunding goal of 500.

The funding from HSBC UK has enabled Black Art Graphics to purchase materials and additional equipment needed for the laser-cut visors.

Daniel Kozakewycz, owner of Black Art Graphics, said: “The funding from HSBC UK has not only allowed us to keep the business afloat, but has also enabled us to play our part in tackling this deadly virus.

"We’re incredibly grateful to the bank, particularly Clive Routledge, for supporting and believing in us.”

Clive Routledge, business specialist at HSBC UK, said: “Black Art Graphics is a fantastic example of how local businesses can diversify to serve their communities during a time of need and we are delighted to support the business to ensure it can successfully supply vital equipment to local hospitals and care homes.”

The company has a large supply of materials to meet ongoing demand, including an order of 10,000 units from Portsmouth County Council.

Black Art Graphics is currently expanding its manufacturing capacity by joining up with other laser cutting companies on the Island to meet government supplier standards to provide the UK government with more than one million units of PPE.