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Warrington-based AlphaBiolabs is investing £3m in its operations to increase capacity to meet demand for PCR testing round the clock.

It is one of the first UK laboratories to be successfully audited by UKAS for COVID-19 testing and has also recently invested in the latest genome sequencing technology, making it one of only a handful of labs in the UK to offer this crucial service.

The company has ramped up its operations to meet the increased demand for COVId-19 testing, employing an additional 68 people since the start of the year across laboratory, logistics and customer service roles.

The firm provides rapid COVID-19 PCR testing for members of the public and third party companies that are providing PCR testing to their own customers.

It also provides comprehensive workplace testing programmes for businesses, helping to keep the workplace safe and also supporting with essential travel requirements.