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Alumni Stories - Faisal Ahmed

Warwick Alumnus Faisal Ahmed (MSc Marketing and Strategy, 2016) and his brother Suhail have been supplying polycotton fabric to the NHS

Faisal and Suhail founded Pound Fabrics in 2018 as the UK’s first online fabric Pound Store and the company has rapidly grown to become one of the largest online retailers of fabric. Pound Fabrics has also received thousands of orders from volunteers all over the country, who have been sewing scrubs and other items for hospitals.

“It’s been an incredibly busy few weeks,” said director Faisal Ahmed. “The whole team have been working flat out and we’ve even started opening on weekends to fulfil orders.” With such a spike in demand and working with skeleton staff, the company are quoting a two-week delay for sending orders. “It has been wonderful to see the whole sewing community come together and produce scrubs for their local hospital in this time of need. We feel a responsibility to not let them down and to ensure we are able to supply them with minimal delay.”

With navy polycotton fabric supplies being depleted across the UK, most hospitals now accept alternative colours for scrubs. Many alternative colours have also sold out and with long delays in receiving imports, the company have been looking for new ways to meet the unprecedented demand.

“We’ve been delighted to help and make our small contribution, but it’s nothing compared to the heroic efforts of doctors and nurses,” said Faisal Ahmed. “We honour and are so grateful to those serving on the frontline.”

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