Covid-19 is a billion pound industry of Tory corruption

The only consistent action taken by the Tory government during the Covid pandemic is the perpetual handover of billions of pounds to private businesses under the pretext of the businesses providing support for management of and response to the pandemic’s effects.  Contracts with the businesses are awarded without tendering and signed without parliamentary inspection.

Many of the businesses have no relevant experience of working in healthcare.  Those with relevant experience are private healthcare companies that exist to profit from ill health; their use is a facet of the government’s privatisation of health provision.

Some are small businesses with a handful of staff and little current activity, some were created this year, and some have direct financial connections to Tory politicians and/or to donors to the Tory party.

Below is a list of contracts awarded to private businesses for work related directly to the Covid-19 pandemic.  For each business the total cost of contracts awarded and the specifics of the service provided are stated, and there are notes with details about each business’ services or products and its connections, if any, to the Tory party.

The list is far from complete.  It will be updated whenever details of existing contracts are known or when new contracts are awarded for businesses already on the list or for others.

All the contracts listed below are non-tendered.  That includes first contracts for a business and updated or additional contracts for a business that previously received a non-tendered contract.  

The government (and other public bodies) are required by law to abide by UK Public Procurement Regulations when awarding contracts to private businesses but can bypass the regulations in situations of “extreme urgency.”  Law firm Ashurst has a concise account of circumstances in which tendering can be eschewed: Ashurst on procurement.

It is clear the Tories abused the procurement regulations’ exceptions in order to award contracts to whom they choose. 

For any non-tendered contract the government must publish details of it within thirty days.  The Tories failed persistently to do this and were forced to comply with the thirty day rule when sued by The Good Law Project.  Many contracts remain unpublished.

A common feature of many of the contracts is that the recipient acts merely as middle man, recruitment or contractor for other businesses.  Many are just ordering personal protective equipment from a supplier; it is unclear why a government department or a hospital would not be able to order such equipment directly.

Hundreds of millions of pounds has been awarded to management consultancy businesses and auditors, most of whom had previously had contracts with various government departments.  The consultancies and auditors do little more than staff recruitment or subcontract the work required, while creaming off huge profits for themselves.

Ventilator challenge
Several engineering companies were invited to design and/or develop new ventilators for hospitals.  Some of these companies are listed below.  The government outlined its aim in Government Ventilator Challenge

Fourteen thousand ventilators were built as part of Ventilator Challenge but, due to changes in how patients are treated, none are likely to be needed even if the number of Covid-19 cases rises significantly.

Nightingale Hospitals
Seven new temporary hospitals were built to cater for Covid-19 patients with a total patient capacity of nearly thirteen thousand.  Just over one hundred and fifty Covid-19 patients were treated at two of the hospitals – none at the others – before all seven were re-purposed (treating cancer patients), stood down or put on standby.

Forty patients were refused entry to a Nightingale hospital due to a lack of critical care nurses.

Combined costs for seven Nightingale Hospitals:

  • Set up costs: £220,000,000
  • Monthly running costs: £12,000,000

Recommended reading
The Good Law Project monitors, investigates, challenges and exposes the shenanigans of the Tories’ Covid-19 contracts.
Open Democracy has many reports and investigations of contract awards.
Sam Bright has written several articles for Byline on Covid-19 contracts.
We Own It published an excellent paper: Privatised and Unprepared: The NHS Supply Chain.
Sophie Hill produced an interactive map of connections between Tory politicians, recipients of Covid-19 contracts and associated individuals and lobby groups: My Little Crony

Other articles worth reading include
Peter Blackburn for BMA
Mark Thomas for 99%
Consultancy.org
Rachael Cousins: Cashing In On Covid
Emma Youle for Huffington Post
Anthony Robinson for Yorkshire Bylines
Henry Goodwin for London Economic
George Monbiot for Guardian (July)
George Monbiot for Guardian (October)
Stephen for Christian Voice

Covid-19 non-tendered contracts list

List of private businesses awarded non-tendered contracts for work related to management of and response to Covid-19 pandemic:

Name: Ayanda Capital Ltd
Business: Currency trading, offshore property, and private equity and trade financing
Registration: Mauritius (tax haven)
Contract: Face masks and gowns for hospitals
Cash: £252,500,000
Notes: Special adviser Andrew Mills is also adviser to Board of Trade.
The contract was originally for Prospermill Limited, owned by Andrew Mills, that had never filed any accounts and has next to no assets nor any products.
A batch of face masks supplied by Ayanda, valued at £150,000,000, were found to be of no use for the NHS due to invalid fastenings.
The Good Law Project asked for a judicial review of the Ayanda contract and Ayanda responded by sending a £40,000 legal bill to Good Law Project for alleged preparatory costs for any subsequent case.
The Good Law Project estimated that, given disparity between the cost of face masks and the unit price agreed in the contract, Ayanda’s profit on the contract could be as high as £166,000,000.  That is, 66% of the contract would be cash in the pocket of Ayanda.
WebsiteAyanda Capital

Name: Beijing Union Glory Investment Co. Limited
Business: Import and export of medical machinery
Registration: China
Contract: Surgical gowns
Cash: £96,300,000
Notes: The business address of Beijing Union Glory Investment Co. Limited is a hotel room.

Name: Freud Communication
Business: PR and reputation management
Registration: UK
Contract: Reputation management of Serco Test and Trace 
Cash: £55,015
Notes: Founder of Freud Communication, Matthew Freud, is a son-in-law of Rupert Murdoch and is a close friend of David Cameron and George Osborne.
Website: Freud Communication

Name: Arcadis
Business: Consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: Advice on procurement of property for management of Covid pandemic
Cash: £1,500,000
Notes: Former Tory MP, former Chief of Staff to then prime minister Theresa May and current Tory peer Gavin Barwell is a non-executive adviser at Arcadis.
Website: Arcadis

Name: Dragontown Limited
Business: Ventilators
Registration: UK
Contract: Ventilators, bedside monitors and modules, examination gloves, disposable sterile and non-sterile gowns, eye shields and goggles, FFP3 masks and reusable respirators
Cash: £29,230,659
Notes: Majority owner of Dragontown Limited, Xuelin Bates, donated £30,000 to the Tory party.  She is married to Tory peer, former Tory MP and former government whip Michael Bates.

Name: Admiral Associates
Business: PR and marketing strategy
Registration: UK
Contract: Public relations and communications management for head of vaccines taskforce Kate Bingham
Cash: £670,000
Website: Admiral Associates

Name: Aventis Solutions
Business: Employment agency
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks, face visors, hand sanitiser
Cash: £18,480,000
Notes: Most recent accounts declaration (prior to acquiring the contract) stated the net assets of Aventis Solutions to be £322.
Online orders are unavailable (see website).
Website: Aventis Solutions

Name: Crunch Craving
Business: Chocolate, confectionary, nut and coffee products
Registration: UK
Contract: Personal protective equipment
Cash: £108,000,000
Notes: Director Nick Walker is named as a trustee of OneSchool Global UK Knockloughrim Campus which is part of Focus Learning Trust which is part of Plymouth Brethren Christian Church that has campaigned for the Tories in elections in exchange for MPs’ support for it to regain its charitable status.
WebsiteCrunch Craving

Name: CoverZone
Business: Car covers and accessories
Registration: UK
Contract: Personal protective equipment
Cash: £783,100 

Name: Double Dragon International Ltd
Business: Wholesale of coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
Registration: UK
Contract: Medical and surgical face masks
Cash: £2,150,000 
Notes: Double Dragon’s website’s About page has not been updated from a test page written in lorem ipsum.
Website: Double Dragon

Name: Slaughter And May
Business: Legal advice to businesses
Registration: UK
Contract: Legal advice to Cabinet Office
Cash: £950,000
Notes: Slaughter And May was paid £6.800,000 by Carillion in the eighteen months leading up to the latter’s liquidation including £1,190,000 three days before liquidation.
Website: Slaughter And May

Name: Cornwall Development Company: Enterprise Space for Advanced Manufacturing
Business: Business park
Registration: UK
Contract: Personal protective equipment
Cash: £1,330,000
Notes: Cornwall Development Company is a private business set-up by Cornwall Council; Conservatives are the largest block in Cornwall Council.
WebsiteCornwall Development Council: ESAM

Name: Euthenia Investments
Business: Fund manager
Registration: UK
Contract: Coveralls
Cash: £880,000
WebsiteEuthenia Investments

Name: Initia Ventures
Business: Business support service activities
Registration: UK
Contract: Isolation suits
Cash: £48,840,000
Notes: Initia Ventures was a dormant company at the start of 2020

Name: Saiger LLC
Business: Fashion accessories
Registration: USA
Contract: Personal protective equipment
Cash: £219,164,640.45
Notes: Saiger invented a company Laif.Works in late April 2020 as a means to apply for Covid-19 contracts in USA and UK.
Saiger paid £21,000,000 to businessman Gabriel Gonzalez Andersson to procure PPE.
WebsiteLaif.Works

Name: KAU Media Group
Business: Digital Marketing Agency
Registration: UK
Contract: Apron, gowns, masks and coveralls
Cash: £40,482,250
WebsiteKAU Media Group

Name: KPM Marine Ltd
Business: Safety equipment for boats
Registration: UK
Contract: Aprons
Cash: £960,000
WebsiteKPM Marine Ltd 

Name: MGP Advisory Ltd
Business: Venture Capital
Registration: UK
Contract: Goggles, gowns and gloves
Cash: £825,000
Notes: MGP was nearly struck off the companies register for failing to file accounts.

Name: Monarch Acoustic Ltd
Business: Manufacture of office and shop furniture
Registration: UK
Contract: Surgical sterile gowns
Cash: £28,800,000
WebsiteMonarch Acoustics

Name: Myshipper Ltd
Business: Importing of goods from China
Registration: UK
Contract: Goggles and face shields
Cash: £15,002,300
WebsiteMyshipper Ltd

Name: Ocean Footprint Ltd
Business: Equipment for boats
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £5,190,000
Notes: The face masks listed on the website are not medical face masks; they are for industrial use, mainly used in dusty environments in the workplace.
WebsiteOcean Footprint Ltd

Name: P1F Ltd
Business: Investment in real estate
Registration: UK
Contract: Personal protective equipment
Cash: £738,920

Name: Pestfix Ltd
Business: Animal pest control
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £33,136,000
Notes: Pestfix’s only Covid-19 product for sale is a pack of fifty disposable face masks plus small bottle of sanitiser for £40.50.  At the same price, the contract awarded would buy 134 million face masks and 6.28 million bottles of sanitiser.
WebsitePestFix Ltd

Name: Polystar Plastics Ltd
Business: Polythene packaging
Registration: UK
Contract: Disposable aprons
Cash: £26,376,140
WebsitePolystar Plastics Ltd

Name: Sumner Group Health Ltd
Business: Health professionals recruitment
Registration: UK
Contract: Personal protective equipment
Cash: £23,899,000
WebsiteSumner Group Health Ltd

Name: Southgate Packaging Ltd
Business: Packaging
Registration: UK
Contract: Packaging of Covid-19 test kits
Cash: £217,910
WebsiteSouthgate Packaging Ltd

Name: Sovereign Business Solutions Group Ltd
Business: Office supplies
Registration: UK
Contract: Sanitising stations
Cash: £1,250,000
WebsiteSovereign Office

Name: Springfield Supplies And Projects Ltd
Business: School and office supplies and furniture
Registration: UK
Contract: Hand sanitiser, masks, shields, screens and signage
Cash: £428,000
WebsiteSpringfield Supplies And Projects Ltd

Name: Survitec Group Ltd
Business: Safety equipment for marine industry
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £31,166,276
WebsiteSurvitec Group Ltd

Name: Biosana Health
Business: Medical equipment and technologies, and medical consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: Masks, overalls, respirators and face shields
Cash: £3,894,269.77
WebsiteBiosana Health

Name: Tara Mobile Ltd
Business: Phone technology
Registration: UK
Contract: Forehead thermometers
Cash: £800,000
Website: Tara Mobiles Ltd

Name: Toffeln Ltd
Business: Specialist footwear 
Registration: UK
Contract: Visors, gowns, goggles, masks, respirators and ventilators
Cash: £60,528,318
Notes: Toffeln’s Qwirki’s 800 Crocs Style Clogs were sold as personal protection equipment but were found to not provide protection against penetration by sharp objects through the sole.
Charlie Leflaive, director of Toffeln, is a trustee of Greenfield Gospel Hall Trust which is part of Plymouth Brethren Christian Church that has campaigned for the Tories in elections in exchange for MPs’ support for it to regain its charitable status.
WebsiteToffeln Ltd

Name: Tower Supplies
Business: Safety workwear
Registration: UK
Contract: Coveralls
Cash: £20,250,000
WebsiteTower Supplies

Name: Trade Market Direct Limited
Business: Procurement of products for government departments
Registration: UK
Contract: Personal protective equipment
Cash: £3,832,500
Notes: Director Garry Morrill was the director and judicial representative of three gambling companies registered in Malta, 2 Bet Malta Limited, Quickflutter.com Limited, and World Betting (Malta) Limited, according to the Panama Papers.

Website: Trade Markets Direct Limited

Name: Uniserve Ltd
Business: International transportation and distribution of goods
Registration: UK
Contract: Import of personal protective equipment (gowns, face shields, masks, goggles and aprons) from China
Cash: £841,255,310
Notes: Uniserve’s owner and founder Iain Liddell is a speaker for pro-Brexit lobby group Prosperity UK alongside several Tory MPs and members of right-wing think-tanks.
WebsiteUniserve Ltd

Name: Unisol
Business: Hygiene products for public toilets
Registration: UK
Contract: Hand sanitisers and sanitiser dispensers
Cash: £810,000
WebsiteUnisol

Name: Urathon
Business: Disability aids
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £74,680,000
Notes: All of Urathon’s products are imported from China
WebsiteUrathon

Name: Lf Fashion
Business: Clothing
Registration: UK
Contract: Gowns and face shields
Cash: £6,375,000
WebsiteLf Fashion

Name: VitalCare Trading UK Limited
Business: Medical products related to urinary issues
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £27,200,000
WebsiteVitalCare Trading UK Limited

Name: Medicine Box Ltd
Business: Surgical clothing
Registration: UK
Contract: Coveralls
Cash: £40,000,000
Notes: The most recent accounts report prior to being awarded the contract listed Medicine Box’s assets as £6,141.
WebsiteMedicine Box Ltd

Name: Unispace Global Health
Business: Hygiene equipment and cleaning products for the workplace
Registration: UK
Contract: Coveralls, gloves, face masks
Cash: £679,530,090
Notes: Director Garth Woodcock is also a director of Oska Care Limited.
Major shareholder Gary Hale is a member of Plymouth Brethren Christian Church that has campaigned for the Tories in elections in exchange for MPs’ support for it to regain its charitable status.  Hale is the son of the world leader of the church.
Coveralls were imported from China and were manufactured in North Korea.
WebsiteUnispace Global Health

Name: Oska Care Limited
Business: Furniture for care homes
Registration: UK
Contract: Face shields, beds and mattresses
Cash: £338,000
Notes: Director Garth Woodcock is also a director of Unispace.

Director Gary Critchley is also a director of Plymouth Brethren Christian Church Limited that has campaigned for the Tories in elections in exchange for MPs’ support for it to regain its charitable status.
Website
Oska Care Limited

Name: Techniclean Supply Limited 
Business: Cleaning and hygiene products
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £20,000,000
Notes: Former director Timothy Browning is also a director of Wilton Park School which is run and owned by Plymouth Brethren Christian Church Limited that has campaigned for the Tories in elections in exchange for MPs’ support for it to regain its charitable status.
WebsiteTechniclean Supply Ltd

Name: Blueleaf Ltd
Business: Organisational advice for care homes
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £4,000,000
WebsiteBlueleaf Ltd

Name: Denka UK Ltd
Business: Dental supplies and implants
Registration: UK
Contract: Gowns, face masks, wipes, disinfectant, respirators, gloves
Cash: £395,190
WebsiteDenka UK Ltd

Name: Accora Ltd
Business: Furniture for care homes
Registration: UK
Contract: Hospital beds
Cash: £248,000
Notes: Director Samuel Drake is also a director of Onebus Limited which is a passenger transport service for educational charities that run schools within the Focus Group of schools that are owned and run by Plymouth Brethren Christian Church Limited that has campaigned for the Tories in elections in exchange for MPs’ support for it to regain its charitable status.
Website
Accora Ltd

Name: Medco Solutions
Business: Surgical instruments
Registration: UK
Contract: Aprons, visors and face masks
Cash: £84,040,000
Notes: Director Ross Robertson is a trustee of Fulmer Education Trust, part of the One School Global Network that is owned and run by Plymouth Brethren Christian Church Limited that has campaigned for the Tories in elections in exchange for MPs’ support for it to regain its charitable status.
Website
Medco Solutions

Name: Topham Guerin
Business: Digital marketing advice
Registration: UK
Contract: Government Covid-19 digital communications
Cash: £3,000,000
Notes: Topham Guerin worked on the Tory party 2019, the (Australian) Liberal party 2019 and the (New Zealand) National party 2017 general election campaigns.

Topham Guerin’s contribution to the Tory party election campaign included fraudulent misnaming of the Tory party twitter account as a fact checking account and a fraudulent website claiming to host the Labour party manifesto. 
Co-founder Tom Guerin was a special guest at the 2019 Friedman Conference hosted by Australian Libertarian Society and Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance.
Tom Guerin and co-founder Sean Topham consulted for CTF Partners, a communications company run by Lynton Crosby, whose clients included Glencore, Saudi Arabian Government and anti-cycling groups.
Website
Topham Guerin

Name: Clipper Logistics
Business: Warehousing, storage and transport of goods
Registration: UK
Contract: Supply chain and warehousing for personal protective equipment (see link below)
Cash: £1,300,000
Notes: In March employees accused Clipper Logistics of putting people’s lives at risk through a lack of social distancing in their warehouses.

In April Clipper Logistics announced a rise in profits of 18.9%.
Director Steven Parkin has donated £750,000 to the Tory party.
Website
Clipper Logistics Ltd, Clipper Logistics supply chain

Name: Europa Worldwide Group
Business: Transportation and warehousing
Registration: UK
Contract: Transportation of face masks, hand sanitiser and hospital beds
Cash: <unknown>
Notes: Managing director Andrew Baxter donated £10,000 to Boris Johnson in 2019, and in 2016 Johnson used a Europa Worldwide Group warehouse site as a location to launch his contribution to the campaign to leave the EU.
Website
Europe Worldwide Group

Name: Globus
Business: Personal protective equipment for industry and healthcare
Registration: UK
Contract: Respirator face masks
Cash: £93,709,500
Notes: Globus donated over £400,000 to the Tory party before the contract was assigned.
Website
Globus

Name: Taeg Energy
Business: Production of electricity
Registration: UK
Contract: Hand sanitiser and sanitiser dispensers
Cash: £47,962,000
Notes: Taeg Energy is listed as dormant at Companies House.

Name: Excalibur Healthcare Services
Business: Personal protective equipment
Registration: UK
Contract: Mechanical respirators
Cash: £135,475,000
WebsiteExcalibur Healthcare Services

Name: Hanbury Strategy
Business: Public relations and communications for businesses and political parties
Registration: UK
Contract: Data research related to Covid-19
Cash: £648,000
Notes: Partner Ameet Gill was Chief Speechwriter, Director of Strategic Communications and Director of Strategy for David Cameron.

Partner Paul Stephenson was Director of Communications for Vote Leave and Special Adviser to Philip Hammond and to Andrew Lansley.
Partner Lizzie Loudon was Press Secretary to Theresa May and Special Adviser to Iain Duncan Smith.
Director Oliver Lewis was Director of Research for Vote Leave and  Director Of Research for Matthew Elliot’s Business For Britain, and worked for New Schools Network.
Director Olivia Robley was Head of Political Section at Conservative Campaign Headquarters.
Executive Robert Littleton worked at Institute Of Economic Affairs and DWP.
Executive Joseph Slater worked at Bright Blue.
Executive Conor Higgins was a Communications Officer at Vote Leave.
Website
Hanbury Strategy

Name: Public First
Business: Research for political policy
Registration: UK
Contract: Focus group research on Covid-19
Cash: £840,000
Notes: The contract was issued without tendering because it was classified as related to Covid-19 and, therefore, an emergency, but over £200,000 was used by Public First for Brexit-related research.

Founding partner James Frayne worked with Dominic Cummings on Business For Sterling and they co-founded New Frontiers Foundation, and he was Director of Communications at the Department for Education when Michael Gove was Education Secretary.
Founding partner Rachel Wolf was a Special Adviser to Michael Gove and she ran the New Schools Network.
Partner Gabriel Milland was Head of Communications at the Department for Education when Michael Gove was Education Secretary.
Website
Public First

Name: Platform 14 Medical Limited
Business: Pain management medical devices
Registration: UK
Contract: Face shields and gowns
Cash: £276,496,968
Notes: The most recent accounts report for Platform 14 prior to receipt of first contract showed liabilities exceeding assets by almost half a million pounds and banked assets of £145.
Director Stephen Machan is a Tory councillor.  A few months after the contract was awarded he bought a new house costing £1,500,000.
Website
Platform 14 Medical Limited

Name: KPMG
Business: Organisational consultancy for businesses
Registration: UK
Contract: Organisation of construction of Nightingale hospitals
Cash: £923,000
Notes: The Tories refused to publish details of any contracts related to the construction of Nightingale hospitals despite being required to do so by law.

Chris Townsend (former Commercial Director for LOCOG) was appointed Head of Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare at KPMG a few weeks before he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the (Covid) Shielding Programme by the government.
WebsiteKPMG

Name: Zenith Guild Enterprises Limited
Business: Property investment
Registration: UK or Nigeria
Contract: Face masks, gloves, gowns, thermometers, sanitiser and sanitiser dispensers and booths
Cash: £21,890,000
Notes: Zenith Guild Enterprises Limited is part of Zenith Guild Group with same registered address in London.  However, Zenith Guild Group website lists Zenith Guild Enterprises Limited as based in Nigeria and the latter’s website consists entirely of PPE stock for sale.

Zenith Guild Enterprises Limited (UK) is listed as being overdue with declaration of its accounts.
Website
Zenith Guild GroupZenith Guild PPE and Masks

Name: DTC Consulting Limited
Business: Advises businesses on how best to attain ISO standards
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £2,500,000
Notes: DTC Consulting Limited was nearly struck off in 2019
Website
DTC Consulting Limited

Name: Randox Laboratories Limited
Business: Medical testing
Registration: UK
Contract: Analysis of covid tests and supply of swab test kits
Cash: £479,500,000
Notes: In July use of Randox swab test kits was suspended after they failed.
Tory MP Owen Patterson is a consultant for Randox
WebsiteRandox Laboratories

Name: Chemical Intelligence Limited
Business: Antimicrobial technology
Registration: UK
Contract: Gowns and face masks
Cash: £130,905,000
WebsiteChemical Intelligence Limited

Name: Serco
Business: Facilities management
Registration: UK
Contract: Management of Test and Trace at a call centre, and contact centre for vulnerable people
Cash: £608,000,000
Notes: Most of the contracts awarded to Serco were not published by the government.

Serco subcontracted Concentrix for its Covid-19 contracts who, when managing the Tax Credits system, lost the contract after 87% of appeals against its decisions were upheld.
Serco subcontracted two debt recovery businesses, NCO Europe and Arvato, for its Covid-19 contracts .
Serco subcontracted a travel agent, Hays Travel, to provide some of the test and trace service.
In the first four months or operation nearly 40% of contacts were missed in the test and trace system.
There were delays of over two hours at drive-in Covid-19 test centres managed by Serco for NHS staff.
A subcontractor hired by Serco on a (non-Covid-19) government contract, AGO Outsourcing, demanded that employees sign a waiver absolving AGO of liability if employees caught Covid-19 because they were required to work closer to each other than social-distance guidelines.
Serco repaid over £68,000,000 in pre-court settlements with the Serious Fraud Office after it overcharged the government for electronic tagging.
Serco’s breast-cancer screening hotline was run by call handlers with only one hour’s training.
Guards employed by Serco at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre were sacked after sexual relations with detainees.
Serco was fined £3,000,000 for failing to maintain homes it administered for asylum seekers.
At St. Thomas’ hospital’s pathology laboratory, run by Serco, over four hundred clinical errors were made.
Serco accidently published email addresses of three hundred contact tracers.
Serco withdrew from a government contract to supply out-of-hours GP services after it falsified data.
Tory Minister of State in the Department for Health and Social Care Edward Argar is former Head of Public Affairs at Serco.
Serco’s CEO, Rupert Soames, is the brother of former Tory MP Nicholas Soames.
In an email to Serco staff Rupert Soames stated that “if Test and Trace succeeds it will go a long way in cementing the position of the private sector companies in the public sector supply chain.”
Serco director Sue Owen was previously Permanent Secretary for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and director-general of the Department for Work and Pensions.
Website
Serco

Name: Eggplant Software
Business: Test software
Registration: UK
Contract: Software to test Covid contact app
Cash: £213,600
WebsiteEggplant Software

Name: Circular 1 Health
Business: Testing laboratories, test kits and biosecurity
Registration: UK
Contract: Testing facility for Covid-19
Cash: £250,000
WebsiteCircular 1 Health

Name: Stone Computers Limited
Business: Computer supplier
Registration: UK
Contract: Laptops for Test and Trace teams
Cash: £980,908
WebsiteStone Group

Name: R Studio
Business: Software
Registration: UK
Contract: Organisational software for Test and Trace
Cash: £29,248.37
WebsiteR Studio

Name: Kainos Software Limited
Business: Software
Registration: UK
Contract: Support software for Test and Trace
Cash: £6,725,228
WebsiteKainos

Name: Egon Zehnder
Business: Executive recruitment
Registration: UK
Contract: Supply of executives for Test and Trace management
Cash: £122,000
WebsiteEgon Zehnder

Name: MBS Group
Business: Executive recruitment
Registration: UK
Contract: Supply of executives for Test and Trace management
Cash: £122,000
WebsiteMBS Group

Name: Baringa Partners LLP
Business: Management consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: Advice on commercial support for Test and Trace
Cash: £867,000
WebsiteBaringa Partners LLP

Name: BMNT LTD
Business: Digital consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: Assistance with web pages for Test and Trace
Cash: £41,499
WebsiteBMNT LTD

Name: Capita PLC
Business: Management consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: Consultancy for management of Test and Trace
Cash: £120,250
Notes: The contract was for one member of staff for three months; that equated to a daily pay rate of £1,822, assuming a five-day working week.
WebsiteCapita PLC

Name: Mobidiag UK Ltd
Business: Molecular diagnostics of diseases
Registration: UK
Contract: Tests for Covid-19 infection
Cash: £930,000
WebsiteMobidiag UK Ltd

Name: Oxford Nanopore
Business: DNA sequencing
Registration: UK
Contract: Test kits assay, reagents, training material and support
Cash: £27,996,352
WebsiteOxford Nanopore

Name: Deloitte
Business:  Audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and legal services
Registration: UK
Contract: Financial advice for acquiring and organising contracts, and sourcing of companies for contracts; logistics for Covid-19 test centres
Cash: £24,458,300
Notes: Many businesses, particularly in the clothing industry, contacted Deloitte to offer to supply personal protective clothing but found the process to be too slow and contacted hospitals directly instead.

Deloitte’s hourly rates for supply of employees (not the actual salary of the employees) for government contracts are several multiples of the rates that are paid to similarly employed public service staff.
Deloitte advised businesses throughout the continent of Africa to structure their investments through Mauritius in order to greatly reduce their tax bills.
Deloitte paid $210,000,000 in a pre-court settlement to investors of Adelphia Communications that had gone bankrupt after several years of being audited by Deloitte.
Deloitte was ordered to pay $40,425,000 (Canadian dollars) in damages for its negligence in auditing Livent when it went into receivership.
When auditor of Standard Chartered, Deloitte paid an $8,000,000 pre-court settlement related to money-laundering allegations. 
Deloitte was fined £4,500,000 by the Financial Reporting Council for failing to properly audit the accounts of a Serco subsidiary, Serco Geografix.
Deloitte was auditor for Carillion when the latter went into liquidation.
Deloitte audited Autonomy during its sale to Hewlett-Packard in which Autonomy’s value was hugely written down; an Autonomy executive was convicted of fraud in relation to the write-down.
Deloitte’s unemployment insurance web portals in USA exposed personal details of applicants to all users.
Minister of State for the Cabinet Office Chloe Smith was a management consultant at Deloitte before becoming an MP.
WebsiteDeloitte

Name: Cambridge Consultants, Team Consulting, TTP, Sagentia, PA Consulting
Business: Cambridge Consultants: Engineering and technology consultancy
Team Consulting: Medical device design consultancy
TTP: Technology consultancy
Sagentia: Innovative technology consultancy
PA Consulting: Technology consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: Procurement and design of ventilators
Cash: £227,059,230
Notes: The contracts were awarded jointly
WebsiteCambridge ConsultantsTeam Consulting, TTP, Sagentia, PA Consulting

Name: PWC
Business: Audits and business advice including tax arrangements
Registration: UK
Contract: Advice to government on financial and organisational consequences of Covid-19 pandemic and how to respond
Cash: £7,400,000
Notes: Caterpillar Inc. paid PWC $55,000,000 to arrange a tax avoidance scheme that saved Caterpillar $2,400,000,000 in tax.
PWC paid $229,000,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by shareholders of Tyco International Limited over a multibillion-dollar accounting fraud.  The chief executive and chief financial officer of Tyco were found guilty of looting $600,000,000 from the company.
Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board of the UK fined PWC £1,400,000 for wrongly reporting to the Financial Services Authority that JP Morgan Securities had complied with client money rules.
The Financial Reporting Council issued a fine of £2,300,00 on PWC and ordered the firm to pay £750,000 costs following their investigation of  audits of Cattles.
PWC helped multinational companies obtain five hundred and forty-eight legal tax rulings in Luxembourg between 2002 and 2010.  The companies saved billions of dollars in taxes.
WebsitePWC

Name: Boston Consulting Group
Business: Business advice
Registration: UK
Contract: Advice to government on financial and organisational consequences of Covid-19 pandemic and how to respond
Cash: £18,733,489
Notes: Some consultants at Boston Consulting earn £2,400 a day and some of the most senior consultants earn £7,360 a day for Covid-19 contracts.
WebsiteBoston Consulting Group

Name: Ernst & Young
Business: Business financial advice including advice on tax payments
Registration: UK
Contract: Advice to government on financial and organisational consequences of Covid-19 pandemic and how to respond, including communications support for Test, Track and Trace
Cash: £2,167,171
Notes
: Ernst & Young has a long history of financial and accounting wrongdoing and has been investigated by Securities And Exchange Commission several times leading to fines and/or agreed settlements of hundreds of millions of pounds, and its false tax advice resulted in fines of billions of pounds for itself and its clients.

Ernst & Young has many other government contracts totalling hundreds of millions of pounds.
Website
Ernst & Young

Name: McKinsey & Company
Business: Business advice including advice on consequences of Covid-19 pandemic
Registration: UK
Contract: Advice on replacing Public Health England, and review of Serco’s Test And Trace programme
Cash: £5,100,000
Notes: The replacement of Public Health England is not supposed to be directly related to Covid-19 pandemic but the government used alleged exceptional circumstances as an excuse to not put the contract to tender which they are required to do so by law.

Current minister in the Department Of Health And Social Care Helen Whately was employed as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company when it contributed to the drafting of the Tory Health And Social Care Act in 2012.
Tory peer Baroness Harding, the head of Test and Trace, is a former employee of McKinsey & Company.
Tory MP John Penrose, the Tories’ ‘Anti-Corruption Champion’ and husband of Baroness Harding, is a former employee of McKinsey & Company.
McKinsey & Company’s healthcare advice to businesses and investors focusses on how to make money out of healthcare.
Website
McKinsey & Company

Name: Grant Thornton
Business: Business advice including financial advice for private healthcare businesses
Registration: UK
Contract: Advice to government on financial and organisational consequences of Covid-19 pandemic and how to respond
Cash: £3,500,000
Notes: Grant Thornton was fined several times by Financial Reporting Council for mis-audits, and was
ordered to pay £20,000,000 damages to a client for a poor audit.
Grant Thornton advises components of the NHS (trusts) as if they are private businesses separate from the NHS.
Website
Grant Thornton

Name: Newton Europe
Business: Organisational and financial advice for businesses
Registration: UK
Contract: Advice to government on financial and organisational consequences of Covid-19 pandemic and how to respond
Cash: £3,429,645
Notes: Newton Europe advises components of the NHS (trusts) as if they are private businesses separate from the NHS.
Website
Newton Europe

Name: PPE Medpro Limited
Business: PPE products
Registration: UK
Contract: Personal protective equipment
Cash: £802,850,000
Notes: PPE Medpro Limited was incorporated on 12th May 2020 and was awarded the contract on 24th June 2020.

Directors Voirrey Coole and Anthony Page are also directors at Knox House Trust that gives fiduciary advice to companies and individuals with emphasis on large scale tax avoidance.
Knox House Trust is registered in tax haven Isle Of Man and is part of Knox Group of companies founded by its chair Doug Barrowman who is engaged to Tory Baroness Michelle Mone.
The company address for PPE Medpro Limited is the same address as that of Michelle Mone Interiors Limited of which Baroness Mone is a director.
WebsitePPE Medpro

Name: Meller Designs Limited
Business: Fashion and beauty products
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks and hand sanitiser
Cash: £148,700,000
Notes: David Meller, co-owner of Meller Designs, donated £60,000 to various Tory MPs.

Website
Meller Group

Name: Emodo Inc
Business: Data and customer trends analysis
Registration: USA
Contract: Identification of mobility hotspots
Cash: £300,000
WebsiteEmodo Inc

Name: G4S
Business: Security
Registration: UK
Contract: Facilities management services to support rapid set-up and operation of Covid-19 testing sites
Cash: £57,000,000
Notes: G4S failed in its contract to provide security staff at the London Olympics forcing the organisers to use troops instead.
A G4S employee, Omar Mateen, killed forty-nine people in an Orlando nightclub.  G4S had continued to employ him despite threats he had made to people while on duty.
G4S’s contract to run Birmingham prison was revoked after a riot.
Ben Saunders, head of two G4S-run immigration detention centres, was put on administrative leave after a BBC Panorama documentary revealed abuse of detainees.
G4S used immigration centre detainees as cheap labour.
G4S lost its contract at Medway secure training centre, a jail for children, after abuse of detainees and four members of G4S staff were arrested.  Subsequently, G4S management staff were awarded bonuses.
WebsiteG4S

Name: Mitie
Business: Facilities management
Registration: UK
Contract: Facilities management services to support rapid set-up and operation of Covid-19 testing sites
Cash: £32,000,000
Notes: Mitie’s immigration centres were described as dirty, rundown and insanitary.
Mitie managed cleaning at hospitals in Cornwall and an outpatient clinic was not cleaned for two days.
Mitie failed to meet required standards eight-five times in a month as part of its contract with hospitals in Cornwall, fifty-one times in the following month, two hundred and seventy-one times in the next month and one hundred and ninety-six times in the next month.
A cleaner was suspended by Mitie for trying to unionise the staff.
During a strike by staff over (very) low pay Mitie threatened non-union employees with disciplinary action if they strike or refuse to cross a picket line.
WebsiteMitie

Name: Bdo Llp
Business: Financial management
Registration: UK
Contract: Analysis of funding streams for DCMS related to Coronavirus Community Support Fund
Cash: £752,500
WebsiteBDO LLP

Name: Incendium Consulting Ltd
Business: Corporate real estate consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: Advice on location space for DWP due to extra workload resulting from Covid-19
Cash: £70,000
WebsiteIncendium Consulting

Name: Wockhardt
Business: Manufacture and supply of medicines
Registration: UK
Contract: Refurbishment of factory to convert it to distribution of Covid-19 vaccine (when available)
Cash: £100,000,000
WebsiteWockhardt

Name: IQVIA IES UK Limited
Business: Data analysis for healthcare
Registration: UK
Contract: Seroprevalence survey on Covid-19
Cash: £27,403,128
WebsiteIQVIA IES UK Limited

Name: Barringa Partners
Business: Management consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: General organisational advice to government on dealing with consequences of Covid-19
Cash: £2,381,960
WebsiteBarringa Partners

Name: Linc Medical Systems
Business: Medical equipment
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £105,000
WebsiteLinc Medical Systems

Name: Cooneen Defence Limited
Business: Military and police uniform accessories
Registration: UK
Contract: Gloves
Cash: £114,240
Notes: Cooneen Defence Limited has received many other government contracts to supply clothing and accessories for police and services.
Website
Cooneen Defence Limited

Name: Faculty Science limited
Business: Artificial intelligence software
Registration: UK
Contract: Data science and artificial intelligence assistance to NHSX, and analysis and suggested solutions for the impact of Covid-19 on businesses
Cash: £3,000,000
Notes: Government has not published confirmation of contract.

Faculty provided data science for Vote leave.
Faculty shareholder (value £90,000) Lord Agnew is a minister in the Cabinet Office and Treasury including ministerial responsibility for the Government Digital Service (GDS); Faculty was awarded a (non-Covid related) £250,000 contract to run a cross-government review on adoption of artificial intelligence that included working with GDS.
Faculty was awarded a (non-Covid related) contract to provide advice to publicly funded Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation; one of the CDEI board members is Faculty’s chief commercial officer, Richard Sargeant.
Former Faculty senior employee Ben Warner (brother of Faculty CEO and co-founder Marc Warner) ran data-modelling for the Tories’ 2019 general election campaign.
Website
Faculty Science Limited

Name: Sitel
Business: Customer service, staff training and call centres
Registration: UK
Contract: Contact centre
Cash: £84,228,011.06
WebsiteSitel

Name: Sodexo
Business: Services industry
Registration: UK
Contract: Facilities management of isolation unit at a hospital
Cash: £757,229
WebsiteSodexo

Name: China Resources Pharmaceutical Commercial Group
Business: State run holding company
Registration: China
Contract: Personal protective equipment
Cash: £54,162,456
Notes: All products are imported from China
Website
China Resources Pharmaceutical Commercial Group

Name: Sinopharm
Business: Pharmaceuticals and medical devices
Registration: China
Contract: Mechanical ventilators
Cash: £371,717.82
Notes: All products are imported from China
Website
Sinopharm

Name: Honeywell Safety Products
Business: Safety products for industry
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £57,937,150
WebsiteHoneywell Safety Products

Name: WHI Consulting Limited 
Business: Strategy consultancy for healthcare and technology industries
Registration: UK
Contract: Project management support for hard to source equipment and consumables for surge ICU Beds related to Covid-19
Cash: £81,900
WebsiteWHI Consulting

Name: 4C Associates
Business: Procurement consultancy and supply chain management
Registration: UK
Contract: Support of distribution of personal protective equipment
Cash: £177,630
Website4C Associates

Name: Accenture
Business: Strategy and technology consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: Project management of support for contact tracing app
Cash: £2,387,266.26
WebsiteAccenture

Name: Oliver Wyman
Business: Management consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: Advice on procurement and manufacture of drugs for Covid-19 treatment 
Cash: £164,550
WebsiteOliver Wyman

Name: Alvarez & Marsal
Business: Management consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: Consultancy to Treasury regarding state aid rules
Cash: £100,000
WebsiteAlvarez & Marsal

Name: Efficio
Business: Procurement Consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: Advice on awarding of Covid-19 contracts
Cash: £1,455,050
WebsiteEfficio

Name: Purple Surgical UK Limited
Business: Surgical equipment
Registration: UK
Contract: Face respirators, masks and gowns
Cash: £191,740,000
Notes: For part of the contract Purple Surgical paid £21,000,000 to Win Billion, a US business, but did not receive any products and took legal action.
WebsitePurple Surgical UK Limited

Name: Ramfoam
Business: Foam products for industry
Registration: UK
Contract: Visors
Cash: £149,310,000
WebsiteRamfoam

Name: Palantir
Business: Data-mining
Registration: UK
Contract: G-Cloud services (data management platform services)
Cash: £24,000,000
Notes: Palantir’s data-mining technology is used by USA military intelligence, by ICE to assist in identifying, detaining and deporting people, by LAPD in predictive policing and by NSA in a global spying network.

Palantir has a large contract with the UK government to process data related to traffic at the post-Brexit border with the EU.
Palantir was founded by its chairman Peter Thiel, a member of the Steering Committee of Bilderberg Group and a donor to many USA Republican politicians including Donald Trump.
Website
Palantir

Name: Merck Serono Limited
Business: Pharmaceutical research
Registration: Germany
Contract: Pre-filled syringes for Covid-19 vaccine trial
Cash: £101,230
WebsiteMerck Serono

Name: Pharmaceuticals Direct
Business: Procurement, storage and distribution of pharmaceutical and healthcare products
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £131,400,000
WebsitePharmaceuticals Direct

Name: Bloc Blinds
Business: Window blinds
Registration: UK
Contract: Face shields
Cash: £43,530,696
WebsiteBloc Blinds

Name: Full Support Limited
Business: Personal protection equipment
Registration: UK
Contract: Personal protection equipment
Cash: £39,136,152
WebsiteFull Support Limited

Name: Elite Creations
Business: Fashion Accessories
Registration: UK
Contract: Goggles
Cash: £38,000,000

Name: Bolle Brands UK Ltd
Business: Safety goggles
Registration: UK
Contract: Face visors
Cash£26,000,000

Name: Ideal Medical Solutions Ltd
Business: Medical device distribution
Registration: UK
Contract: Face shields and gowns
Cash: £24,985,000
WebsiteIdeal Medical Solutions Limited

Name: Direct Corporate Clothing PLC
Business: Uniforms, workwear and personal protective equipment
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £22,217,542
WebsiteDirect Corporate Clothing PLC

Name: Connexus Healthcare Limited
Business: GP confederation
Registration: UK
Contract: Outreach Covid-19 testing service
Cash: £764,033
WebsiteConnexus Healthcare Ltd.

Name: Berry BPI
Business: Polythene products for industry
Registration: UK
Contract: Gowns and aprons
Cash: £20,630,949
WebsiteBerry BPI

Name: Fastenal Europe Limited
Business: Fastenings for industry
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £20,000,000
WebsiteFastenal Europe Limited

Name: Agile Medical Limited
Business: Medical equipment for hospitals
Registration: UK
Contract: Ventilators, bedside monitors and modules, examination gloves, disposable sterile and non-sterile gowns, eye shields, goggles, masks and reusable respirators
Cash: £57,786,318
WebsiteAgile Medical Limited

Name: PFF Packaging Group Limited
Business: Packaging for food industry
Registration: UK
Contract: Disposable Polythene Aprons
Cash: £18,361,173
WebsitePFF Packaging Group Limited

Name: Red E Med Limited
Business: Management consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: Masks and visors
Cash: £25,731,500

Name: Photocentric Group
Business: Photopolymer products and 3D printing
Registration: UK
Contract: Manufacture of face shields
Cash: £15,340,000
WebsitePhotocentric Group

Name: Pro-Lab Diagnostics
Business: Products for laboratory testing
Registration: UK
Contract: Laboratory test kits
Cash: £5,280,450
WebsitePro-Lab Diagnostics

Name: bioMerieux
Business: Laboratory testing and diagnostics
Registration: UK
Contract: Laboratory equipment for Covid-19 testing
Cash: £7,504,710
WebsitebioMerieux

Name: Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics
Business: Laboratory consultancy
Registration: UK
Contract: Supply of anti-body reagents.
Cash: £4,741,070
WebsiteOrtho-Clinical Diagnostics

Name: Roche Diagnostics
Business: Diagnostics and assays
Registration: UK
Contract: Assays and related consumables, instruments and service
Cash: £34,464,000
WebsiteRoche Diagnostics

Name: Life Technologies Limited
Business: Laboratory products
Registration: UK
Contract: Digital inverted microscope and consumables
Cash: £66,388,590
WebsiteLife Technologies Limited

Name: Hologic
Business: Womens health services
Registration: USA
Contract: Tests, controls, associated consumables and training and support
Cash: £151,219,209
WebsiteHologic

Name: Chanzo
Business: Human resources consultancy and recruitment
Registration: UK
Contract: Recruitment and supply of executive assistant and seven HR staff for temporary contracts
Cash: £300,620 
Notes: The staff were appointed to assist Lord Deighton who was appointed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock to lead the procurement of essential personal protective equipment for frontline health and social care staff. 
Deighton was appointed in April, the same month that the contract was planned. 
Deighton provided a glowing testimony on the Chanzo website for its founder and CEO Jean Tomlin. 
Deighton and Tomlin are directors of Hakluyt & Company and both worked in senior positions on the organising committee for the London Olympics.
WebsiteChanzo

Name: DiaSorin Limited
Business: Laboratory diagnostics
Registration: UK
Contract: Supply of laboratory test equipment
Cash: £4,152,700
WebsiteDiaSorin Limited

Name: Siemens Healthineers
Business:  Diagnostic and therapeutic imaging, laboratory diagnostics and molecular medicine
Registration: UK
Contract: Supply of reagents
Cash: £3,600,000
WebsiteSiemens Healthineers

Name: Tecan
Business: Provider of automated laboratory instruments and solutions
Registration: UK
Contract: Supply of liquid handling machines
Cash: £3,400,000
WebsiteTecan

Name: QuantumDX
Business: Molecular diagnostics
Registration: UK
Contract: Develop and validate COVID-19 testing kits
Cash: £3,200,000
WebsiteQuantumDX

Name: Bellagio Global Limited
Business: Novelty watches and assorted novelty accessories
Registration: UK
Contract: Gloves
Cash: £2.800,000
Notes: Director Michael Elliot was also a director of Bellagio Europe Limited that was liquidated owing £40,000 to HMRC.
Website: Bellagio Global Limited

Name: Bruntwood
Business: Commercial property owners
Registration: UK
Contract: Refurbishment of a facility to create a Lighthouse Laboratory
Cash: £900,000
Notes: Bruntwood is the owner of the site being refurbished
Website: Bruntwood

Name: ACF Technologies Limited
Business: Software for customer interaction with businesses
Registration: UK
Contract: Software related to Covid-19 testing
Cash: £800,000
WebsiteACF Technologies Limited

Name: Integra Biosciences Limited
Business: Laboratory equipment
Registration: UK
Contract: Grip tips, reservoirs and waste bags, pipetting heads, base units and accessories for Lighthouse Laboratory
Cash: £786,000
WebsiteIntegra Biosciences Limited

Name: Appleton Woods Limited
Business: Equipment and consumables for medical testing
Registration: UK
Contract: Supply of Microbiological Safety Cabinets
Cash: £488,643
WebsiteAppleton Woods Limited

Name: Sartorius Stedim UK Limited
Business: Instruments, Consumables, and Services for Biopharmaceutical, Chemical, Food, and Academic Labs
Registration: UK
Contract: Equipment for the manufacture of vaccines
Cash: £830,090.08
WebsiteSartorius Stedim UK Limited

Name: MedDX Solutions
Business: Diagnostic sample collection and transport packaging
Registration: UK
Contract: Procurement of blood collection kits
Cash: £474,000
WebsiteMedDX Solutions

Name: VWR International
Business: Supply of medical equipment
Registration: UK
Contract: Purchase of biological safety cabinets and centrifuges for Covid-19 testing laboratories
Cash: £614,466
WebsiteVWR International

Name: Rehear Labs Limited
Business: Manufacture and supply of medical instruments
Registration: UK
Contract: Face Shields
Cash: £40,500,000
Notes: Rehear Labs Limited lists no current liabilities, no creditors, nor provisions for liabilities. 
In October, Companies House issued the first notice of its intention to strike off Rehear Labs Limited and dissolve the company.

Name: Yearntree
Business: Office supplies
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks, overalls and gowns
Cash: £26,510,000
WebsiteYearntree

Name: Gemini Surgical UK Limited 
Business: Surgical instruments
Registration: UK
Contract: Gowns, face shields and masks
Cash: £15,244,910
WebsiteGemini Surgical UK Limited

Name: CannaGrow Biosciences 
Business: Research in uses of cannabidiol
Registration: UK
Contract: Face masks
Cash: £33,000,000
WebsiteCannaGrow Biosciences

To find more contracts use Government contracts finder.  In Keywords type the name of a company with + between each word (no spaces) and add the word ‘Covid’ (including another + before it).  In Notice Status untick Open and make sure Awarded is ticked.  In Sort Results choose Latest publication date; all non-tendered Covid-related contracts are from March 2020 onward.

Notes

The NHS website includes details of the internal supply chain for equipment, etc. related to Covid-19: NHS supply chain for Covid-19

Plymouth Brethren
Several of the businesses awarded Covid-19 contracts have connections to Plymouth Brethren.  
Plymouth Brethren secured tax breaks of up to £11,000,000 a year for itself via a deal with the Charity Commission that overturned an earlier decision to refuse it charitable status in a test case. 

Some Tory MPs assisted its appeal against Charity Commission:

  • Peter Bone secured a Ten Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons to argue in favour of Plymouth Brethren’s charitable status in exchange for help with leafletting in his 2010 election campaign
  • Robert Halfon tabled two Early Day Motions in the House of Commons to argue in favour of Plymouth Brethren’s charitable status in exchange for help with his 2010 election campaign
  • Fiona Bruce arranged a Westminster Hall debate to help to support Plymouth Brethren’s case against Charity Commission in exchange for help with her 2010 election campaign
  • Michael Ellis sponsored an event hosted by Plymouth Brethren in a marquee on the House of Commons terrace in January 2013

Covid-19 is a billion pound industry of Tory corruption

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