Decision details

Mass Testing Personnel Support - Global Production Squad

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


The current contract with Global Production Squad (GPS) and Sportgate expired on 31st March 2021. Due to the need to continue community testing, as outlined by DHSC, to ensure the Council provides as much safety as possible in line with the governments lockdown easing plan and the economy re-opening all community testing is to be extended until 30th June 2021.



1.    To extend the contract with both Global Production Squad Ltd and Sportgate International to continue operating fixed testing sites and to supply the workforce at these units at a cost of £1,157,000 for the period 1st February 2021 to 02 July 2021.

a.    Global Production Squad costs for the period: £1,060,000.00

b.    Sportgate International costs for the period: £97,000.00


2.    To approve use of the funding expected to be received from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for the total sum of £1,157,000 in order to fund the mass testing.


Reasons for the decision:

To continue to provide the operational management and associated staffing from 1st February 2021 to 02nd July 2021 in line with DHSC requirements. 

Alternative options considered:

Timelines to extend the community testing programme with other suppliers are not compatible with a formal procurement process, and thus an extension of the contracts is perceived as the expedient option to ensure mass testing sites continue to be operational.


Urgent item?: Yes

Publication date: 09/09/2021

Date of decision: 14/04/2021

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