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Covid-19 Update

Some delivery services are taking longer than normal during the Coronavirus pandemic, please allow extra time for your goods to arrive. Please be aware that from 23/11/2020 pre 10:30 & 12:30 deliveries have been suspended.

PestFix Welcomes national Audit Office Reports and High Court findings

PestFix welcomes the reports from the National Audit Office, which confirm that PestFix delivered face masks to the Department for Health and Social Security (DHSC) in accordance with the contractual specification.

We also welcome the findings of the National Audit Office that any fast-tracking of PestFix was not the result of any false information provided by PestFix. We were awarded contracts solely based on our ability to move quickly and change continually, and by being first to table genuine and competitive commercial offers for medical PPE while supply was rapidly diminishing but the country most needed it.

We are also pleased that the High Court yesterday rejected most of the grounds for the judicial review action brought by the Good Law Project and granted permission only in relation to the transparency aspects of the Government's contractual process. In particular, the judge recognised that PestFix's established experience in supplying PPE to users of airborne chemicals in a pest-control setting made it well-placed to put itself forward as a supplier of PPE to Government in its time of need.

The judge agreed that the Government acted rationally in appointing PestFix, and that the urgency with which the process was conducted was justified in the circumstances. This means that PestFix can continue its good work in supplying PPE to the Government in accordance with its contracts and to support the nation's attempts to combat Covid-19.

It is worth reminding you of how PestFix became embroiled in a row over the Government's procurement of PPE.

As Covid-19 first ripped through the country back in Spring, the Government put out an appeal for British businesses to help the UK weather the most challenging storm it had faced since World War II.

When some bigger companies found their supply lines of medical PPE had dried up, PestFix was in a position to answer the call to arms. And as a proud British firm with a decade-long history working with Chinese manufacturers and factories to support the public health sector, including the NHS, by sourcing and importing public health equipment, we were honoured to be able to do so.

PestFix worked around the clock and across time-zones to open up new supply channels of medical PPE that were not previously available to the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and was able to procure and transport huge volumes of it from the Far East to the UK in the face of the toughest logistical landscape in living memory.

Some eight months on, PestFix has worked with Chinese manufacturers to supply more than 160 million pieces of much-needed pieces of Covid-19 medical PPE to the NHS frontline, and continues to work with the DHSC to deliver even more as we help the UK cope with coronavirus.

Despite negativity from certain parts of the media and a politically motivated legal action, PestFix has remained focused on the job in hand. We have had to challenge inaccurate reporting on Twitter and in the media, with many false accusations having been withdrawn or corrected. We have risen above many of the abusive and outright false slurs shared freely on social media.

For the record, PestFix has no previous relationship with anyone from the DHSC or NHS prior to our first offer to supply medical PPE to them in Spring. Nor has PestFix ever donated to a political party. We approached to government with the PPE that we could offer – and they were so impressed that we were awarded a series of contracts, all the details of which have now been published.

Despite what you may read on social media, taxpayer money has not been wasted on PestFix. Our dedicated team has delivered all of our agreed contracts for medical PPE into the NHS supply chain.

In relation to our contract with the DHSC for 25 million FFP2 masks for £59 million, the National Audit Office has correctly found that we delivered the masks in accordance with the contractual specification. However, after delivery of a tiny percentage of the masks, the Government changed its requirements such that the masks required head straps rather than ear-loops.

The Government is currently looking at ways to repurpose the small number of FFP2 masks delivered and, at the Government’s agreement, the remaining 97.6% of the contract value was changed to a different type of mask, providing a value-for-money solution to the taxpayer.

We will continue to work tirelessly night and day until our remaining contracts are completed in the coming weeks.

After that we will go back to our day job of public health supplies, safe in the knowledge we made a genuine difference to this amazing country of ours at such a difficult time for us all.

As ever, we wish you and your families health and happiness.

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