A husband and wife are on track to make more than £30 million in just 12 weeks - by setting up a hand sanitiser company.

Three months after it began trading, ClearWater Hygiene, founded by husband and wife team Andrew and Rachel Montague, can make more than 900,000 litres of its product each week.

They now employ 12 full time staff and eight contractors.

In the short time since it was founded, the business has secured contracts with huge companies including O2 Retail, the Post Office and Aldi.

Andrew, a property developer, said there was a demand for hand sanitiser produced in the UK.

Andrew said there was a need for hand sanitiser made in the UK because of the pandemic (file image)

He said: "As lockdown was being announced in March, we immediately saw the importance of reducing our reliance on imports and focusing on UK manufacturing to ensure both health providers and private businesses could access high quality and fairly priced products which are now essential in the battle against the pandemic.

"We are proud to be providing some much-needed support in the fight against Covid-19 by gifting our product to NHS charities while, at the same time, building a successful business.

"From a standing start just 12 weeks ago, we have seen a huge surge in demand for our products across the UK.

"We're continuing to secure significant contracts and we've ramped up production to 900,000 litres per week."

The company is set to pass £30 million since it was formed

The sanitiser is produced at Deeside Gin Distillery in Banchory, Aberdeenshire and bottled in Preston, Lancashire.

It contains 80% ethanol liquid - making it suitable for use in hospitals, care homes and other public health facilities.

The company has secured major contracts with corporate customers including the Post Office, JD plc, O2 Retail, BP, and Aldi - some of which are multi-year agreements, with an expected total contract value of £30m.

The firm has made more than £3m in actual revenue since its launch in March and has also donated significant quantities of its products to NHS charities.

It now employs 12 full-time staff and a further eight contracted workers at its headquarters in Leith, Edinburgh, and in other parts of Scotland and the UK.

James Horton from law firm CMS, one of ClearWater Hygiene's key business advisers, said: "Andrew and Rachel have been phenomenal in the speed of their response to this public health crisis.

"They not only identified a market opportunity but have also helped address some of the essential supply issues in combating Covid-19 in the UK."