Accora Ltd, the Cambridge based business ran by the Drake family, win a contract worth over £18 million to supply lab testing facilities to the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC). Accora have a background in supplying seating, beds and mattresses to the NHS & care sector.
They had previously won a contract for beds during this Pandemic.
The contract worth a total of £18,729,060 is for the provision of laboratory testing facilities, testing equipment, consumables and personnel for performance of diagnostic (RT-PCR) testing for COVID-19 and delivery of reports, published on the UK government contracts finder website 26th November 2020.
It was awarded under the negotiated procedure without prior publication (OJEU), this procedure is where the opportunity was not advertised, because for example only one supplier is capable of delivering the requirement, or due to extreme urgency brought about by unforeseen events.
The service contract started on the 24th October 2020 and ended on the 8th December 2020.
The order form can be found here along with the justification for use of supplier (article 32)
Companies House lists 5 current directors for Accora, Timothy Drake, Anthony Drake, Laurie Drake, Nicholas Drake & Samuel Drake.
Timothy Drake is listed as a trustee of the Causeway Gospel Hall Trust in Cambridge, Anthony Drake is listed as a trustee of The Mowbray Gospel Hall Trust in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire, according to the charity commission.
Samuel Drake is also listed as a director of Onebus Limited, a subsidiary undertaking of OneSchool Global UK. OneSchool Global are schools for Plymouth Brethen church members children.
Accora Ltd had previously won a contract with NHS Scotland for the supply of ward beds to the Louisa Jordan Hospital (SEC Glasgow - Nightingale Hospital). This contract was also without a competitive tender process as above and the award value was £248,200.