Company record for Easigrip
ENTREPRENEUR Gilll Sweeney is aiming to set a new company record
by selling enough bandage to wrap around the Commonwealth Games
Stadium 400 times.
The record-setting businesswoman, who recently secured a partnership
with Bolton-based pharmaceutical distributor M & A Pharmachem,
is on course to reach the target, which is hanging by a single
So far she has manufactured enough Easigrip elasticated tubular
bandage to lap the City of Manchester Stadium 397 times. And now
she is working overtime to meet the 400 mark.
Staff at Easigrip Ltd, which supplies bandage to a number of the
72 nations competing in the games, are hoping to wrap-up the record
before the sporting event finishes on August 4.
Former pharmacy owner Mrs Sweeney said it was the first time the
product has ever been stretched this far.
She said: We manufacture hundreds of metres of bandage in
a day and have never really thought about how much distance it
would cover in a year. And we supply bandage to local chemists
throughout the Manchester area.
The £77 million City of Manchester Stadium was funded by
Sport England and has a seating capacity of around 38,000. It
will be used by visiting nations competing for gold in various
track and field events during July and August.
The quirky challenge has been based on the bandage being wrapped
around the circumference of the Rowsley Street commonwealth stadium.
Mrs Sweeney has produced more than 200,000 metres of bandage,
which means she has a firm grip on her personal best.
It is very unusual but I am confident enough bandage will
be sold to top the 400 laps, she added.
1. Gill Sweeney, a former pharmacist, was recently presented the
Daffern Award for Enterprise and Excellence, for her success in
setting up the company.
2. Easigrip is a fixed non-compression bandage manufactured to
British Pharmacopoeia standards. It comprises of 100% cotton interlaced
with covered rubber and requires no pins or tape to secure.
3. Easigrip was marketed at the Medica 99 tradeshow in Germany.