Small family-run firm awarded £108MILLION contract to procure PPE for frontline NHS staff

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PestFix – family-run pest control company has just 16 employees and was awarded the £108million contract in April: the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

PestFix normally distributes customers with supplies for pest control but received the new contract after responding to the Government’s call for help.

The company offers a range of products that help deal with common pests such as birds, rodents, insects and animals. PestFix is a member of the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) and the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA), and regularly sponsors both.

Based in West Sussex, the company also sells shooting accessories such as air gun pellets and shooting safety glasses, whereas their website offers 21 different PPE products.

Products include disposable gloves, goggles, face shields, a one-person body kit, disposable hooded suits, overshoes and three varieties of gloves.

PestFix founder Dan England commented, “Some of the bigger players that would normally be supplying this were perhaps not as quick to react or as dynamic”.

The contract – which runs for 12 months – was revealed last night after Matt Hancock’s plans to make face coverings compulsory in hospitals for all staff, visitors and outpatients from the 15th of June.

It has also been revealed by research company Tussell that the Government has spent a total of £340million on securing PPE for the NHS.

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