New Clothing Contract Awarded

#1
Hot off the presses from DLO:

22nd June 2004 saw the Ministry of Defence award its largest-ever defence clothing contract, worth more than £50 million, to Cooneen Watts & Stone Ltd.
Under the five-year contract, Cooneen Watts & Stone Ltd will supply the MoD with up to two million individual items of clothing a year.

The contract award delivers value-for-money for the taxpayer.

Replacing some sixty individual contracts for clothing supply with a single agreement, the contract is expected to generate potential savings of £23 million compared to traditional procurement methods.

Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram said:

"This contract is an excellent example of how the MoD is making procurement smarter and better.

" Today’s award will ensure our service personnel continue to be equipped with a broad range of high-quality clothing, whilst ensuring taxpayers get value for money."

Cooneen Watts & Stone Ltd will be responsible for producing up to 200 different items of clothing on an annual basis.

Background

The agreement is the third contract to be awarded by the DLO under its innovative Supplier Base Optimisation procurement strategy: a strategy designed to deliver better value-for money for taxpayers by letting larger, longer-term contracts with a smaller number of prime vendors.

Cooneen Watts & Stone Ltd, is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed as a limited Company by Watts & Stone Ltd and Cooneen Textiles Ltd, both based in Northern Ireland.
'Smarter and better'? As opposed to 'stupid and crap'? :D
 
#2
The DLO is the largest single organisation within the MOD with a total operating budget of £8.7 Billion and a workforce of over 30,000.
The contract has been awarded by the Defence Logistics Organisation. With a resource budget of approximately £9 billion, the DLO is one of the largest parts of the MoD, employing some 28,000 people across the UK.
the above 2 quotes taken from http://www.mod.uk/dlo/news/pressnotices/Clothing_contract.htm
different articles hope they are not involved in accounting of money if this is how they do figures!!! think those of you still serving should be worried if they lose 2,000 people what else is missing!!
 
#3
[quote='Orange' Adam Ingram]

" Today’s award will ensure our service personnel continue to be equipped with a broad range of high-quality clothing, whilst ensuring taxpayers get value for money."
[/quote]

Translation = jackets and trousers that don't match, sourced from third-world countries, that won't be delivered on time.
 
#5
WATTS & STONE LTD, Enniskillen, Castle Balfour, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, BT92 0LT, Tel: +44 (0)28 6772 1282, Fax: +44 (0)28 6772 1106, e-mail: sales@wattsandstone.co.uk, Web site: www.wattsandstone.co.uk, ISO 9001:2000, Managing Director: John Trimble
So you know who to phone :D

http://www.cooneen.com/pages/background.htm

The company built on these early successes, opening a permanent Design and Sales Office in Manchester, UK, and increasing production capacity in line with demand. As the fashion childrenswear market matured and high street competition increased, Cooneen recognized the need for new manufacturing and product sources. This led to the development of manufacturing capabilities in North Africa, and a network of new product sources in the Far East.
Cooneen has manufacturing plants in the UK, Morocco and the Far East with a Design and Sales Office in Manchester, England

Psychic ViroBono 8O

Oh, this bit is interesting.

The Chairman of Cooneen (Not sure how old this info is) is one John B McGuckian BSc

Mr McGuckian is an industrialist with a wide range of industrial and commercial experience. He is a Director of AIB Group (UK) plc and is Chairman of First Trust Bank. He is also Chairman of Cooneen Textiles Ltd.

His other directorships cover enterprises in Ireland, the UK and USA. He has previously acted as the Chairman of the International Fund for Northern Ireland and as Senior Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Senate of the Queen's University Belfast.
Source http://www.utvlive.com/corpinfo/directors/
 
#6
Jesus are they really based in lisnaskea , i've spent a while down that neck of the woods , and it was decidedly unsquad friendly, they could stitch us right up!!!!!!! imagine if they made it all the wrong sizes so it didnt fit anyone , ......... oh sorry. :oops:
 
#7
Interesting:

Watts & Stone Managing Director: John Trimble

John B McGuckian (Chairman of Coonen) has previously acted as the Chairman of the International Fund for Northern Ireland and as Senior Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Senate of the Queen's University Belfast.

So, absolutely no Orange connections for Adam 'The Sash' Ingram to deny at all, then.
:?
 
#8
I can see it now. 'Yes, sir, we have both sizes - too big and too small - from our new supplier." Continuing a great stores' tradition. If they don't fit, you can either expand into them or lose weight. Wonder if they'll manufacture items in emerald green? :cry:
 
#9
I wonder if any of the musings posted above will make it all the way to the 'Street of Shame'?

Let's face it - there's clearly something very odd going on here. And Fleet Street's finest are hardly noted for allowing a lack of firm evidence stand in the way of a bit of 'New Labour Bashing'!
 
#13
Sir John .....ooooops jumped the gun there

MR. John McGuckian is quoted in some references as a "Prominent Catholic Businessman" , and former head of the Irish Development Board.
 
#14
PartTimePongo said:
Sir John .....ooooops jumped the gun there

MR. John McGuckian is quoted in some references as a "Prominent Catholic Businessman" , and former head of the Irish Development Board.
Sounds like some sort of lunatic MOD diversity scheme is at work here.

Is this the same John McGuckian who, as a director of AIB, was censured for failing to comply with corporate governance rules, which state that non-executive directors should serve for no more than 9 years, when he had been on the board for no less than 27 years?
 
#16
I look forward to this weeks edition of "The Portadown News" :D
 
#17
Update.

Today's 'Mail on Sunday' reports that military uniforms provided under this contract will be made in 'Chinese sweat-shops'. The contractor has admitted that almost all the kit will be made in China. So much for the boost for NI industry etc.

It seems that several hundred UK workers could lose their jobs as a result of moving the manufacture of uniforms to China.

Now, if the MoD couldn't get enough desert combats organised when they were made in the Midlands, how long will it take to get them from China?
 
#18
mucus said:
hi ho silvermans and away!
The "new" uniform will be delivered to an army surplus store sooner than youll ever see it in the QMs. :x
 
#19
I have no major objection to our new clothing being made in China. In fact, I'd like to see the new 24Hr and 10-Man ORP contract go to China as well!! Goodbye meatballs and corned beef hash - hello to fried dog, sparrow-wing spread and high-energy locust bars! Uuuuummmm!! :(
 
#20
Well if the kit is to be made by a load of half-starved chinese 4-year olds, who haven't seen daylight/ their parents/ their wages/the sun etc for 8 months of the year, you can bet it will be too small/ too big.

Also, it will most likely have a single Red Star sewn onto it, usually, the headgear. Plus, it'll be drab olive green........... wait a minute..... we'll be wearing surplus PLA uniforms!!
 

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