You may remember Crisp Websites Limited, trading as Pestfix, the company with last reported net assets of £18,047. THREAD
And you may remember that, notwithstanding that Pestfix had substantially no net assets, Government agreed to pay 75% upfront for £32m of isolation suits.
And you may remember this thread in which I explain why I believe those isolation suits are unusable . And even Government admitted as of 1 July 2020 the isolation suits had not been tested.
That thread also explained the Pestfix admitted (1) to having supplied faulty facemasks and (2) to have supplied facemasks to the NHS and carehomes.
And you may remember that Pestfix, newly enriched with public funds, sent us bullying correspondence from its expensive lawyers to try and get us to drop our case scrutinising the contract awards.
Well, today, it emerged that Pestfix was not just awarded a contract for £32m of isolation suits. It was also awarded a £168.5m contract for facemasks.…
And not just those two contracts but also a £200k contract for gloves.…
And not just those three contracts but also a £945k contract for gowns.…
And not just those three contracts but also a £1.1m contract for gowns.…
And not just those four contracts but also a further £143m contract for various items of PPE.…
And not just those five contracts but also a £945k contract for gowns.…
And five of those contracts were awarded in April - six months ago - and the law requires publication within 30 days but Govt only published today. And only after @GoodLawProject, @LaylaMoran, @Debbie_abrahams and @CarolineLucas issued JR proceedings.…
But that's not all. Those £346m of contracts awarded to a tiny entity with materially no assets and (on its own admission in now deleted crowdfunding text) no particular experience in PPE, which admits to supplying faulty PPE are not the only contracts it has received.
This written answer says there are (at least) five more contracts awarded to Pestfix still to be published. "At least" because we don't know whether further contracts, post-dating this written answer, have been awarded to Pestfix.

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17 Oct
Back in April, the Government appointed ex Goldman Sachs banker Lord Deighton as "PPE Tsar".…
Earlier this month, Government stated that on 20 April it had awarded a £300,000 contract, without any tendering process, to "Chanzo" (…). Image
In fact the contract was not awarded until 25 August (although sent under cover of a letter dated 20 August - figure that one out!) but related to services delivered from April (…). Image
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14 Oct
Yesterday I set out how relationships with political figures in Government could be leveraged by suppliers to achieve supernormal profits.
At the moment I am still focusing on apparent overpayments for IIR facemasks.

This exercise is difficult because Government is - for no good reason - deliberately redacting contracts to remove all transparency over historical per unit prices paid. But sometimes it slips up.
The highest price I have yet seen paid for IIR facemasks was paid in a £69.6m contract with "Uniserve Group."

(The name of the counterparty itself is remarkable given the size of the contract - there is no legal entity called Uniserve Group. Legally, it doesn't exist.)
Read 11 tweets
13 Oct
Yesterday I showed how, on Govt's own figures, it overpaid a politically connected PPE supplier by £36m+ for IIR facemasks.

In fact, if you look at the contract as a whole, which included FFP2 facemasks, the overpayment was much higher. I'll come back to that in a moment.
But, first, bear in mind that although contracts were awarded by DHSC the key triaging of bids and supplier due diligence was undertaken by Cabinet Office.

That casts a certain pall on explanations like this - provided by Ayanda to journalists - about the role of Andrew Mills.
I will return in the coming days to some correlations between highly generous pricing and relationships between the beneficiaries of that pricing and key figures in Cabinet Office.
Read 12 tweets
12 Oct
I am hugely grateful to everyone who has contributed to our crowdfunder in which - along with @LaylaMoran, @CarolineLucas and @Debbie_abrahams - we are seeking to force Government to come clean about the (more than) £3bn of PPE contracts they are keeping under wraps. /1
We have lifted the stretch target to £75k. This very substantial sum is also considerably less than our exposure to costs should we fight and lose. But it is also considerably more than it will cost us if we succeed (and we believe we should). /2
I am afraid - although I have been crowdfunding for over four years - I have not yet found any comfortable way to balance this equation. Even where you can be confident any surplus will be used for good reasons it is sub-optimal for us to raise more than we need. /3
Read 6 tweets
12 Oct
Last night, I said that I was aware of evidence DHSC had been paying higher prices for PPE to connected suppliers. And that I was working to put that evidence into the public domain. We are in possession of a lot of evidence that suggests as much, but I can share the following.
The Ayanda contract was entered into on 29 April 2020 (you can read it here…). It was entered into by Ayanda Capital Limited, owned through a particularly ugly tax haven, by the Horlick family.
However, the original offer came from Prospermill Limited, a boxfresh £100 company that had never traded and which was owned by then Board of Trade advisor (now departed), Breitbart, Liz Truss and Hard Brexit enthusiast, Andrew Mills.
Read 11 tweets
11 Oct
By letter of 7 September 2020, Matt Hancock via his lawyers told us "this year [PPE] contracts worth over £11 billion have been awarded to date" had been awarded by DHSC.
On 4 August 2020, Matt Hancock via his lawyers told us "the PPE buying programme... is no longer operating."
By regulation 50 of the Public Procurement Regulations the Government has to - it has no discretion - publish contract award notices within 30 days.
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