Supporting the transformation of the UK’s Covid-19 response

We are proud to be recognised for our contribution to the UK’s Covid-19 response in The Official Platinum Jubilee Pageant Commemorative Album, the only official book published for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

As we celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee across the country, Commonwealth and world, to mark the historic event, the recently published illustrated coffee-table book The Official Platinum Jubilee Pageant Commemorative Album celebrates the life and reign of Her Majesty and explores developments in the UK and around the world over the past seven decades. It also showcases a range of aligned organisations, all selected for their transformational contribution across the spheres of culture, society, technology, and business.

4C Associates is amongst the organisations, recognised for their expertise in establishing supply chains and cost-effective procurement that supported and transformed the UK’s Covid-19 response.

With over 100 consultants and staff, 4C Associates is one of Europe’s larger consultancies dedicated to procurement and supply chain transformation, supporting clients with procurement intelligence, cost optimisation, transformation, service delivery, supply chain and sustainability.

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures – none more so than the transformational actions that organisations needed to take during the Covid-19 pandemic, with 4C Associates behind several pivotal public sector procurement and supply chain solutions.

Tasked with helping to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission, 4C Associates supported the UK government in establishing Covid-19 mass-testing capabilities and PPE supply chains, including gloves, gowns, face masks, eye protection, plastic films and chemicals. The team was involved in everything from sizing up buses as potential mobile-testing stations and building rigour in PPE category management, to negotiating critical but cost-effective and sustainable contracts.

It was a once-in-a-lifetime mission, with no blueprint, and the numbers were phenomenal. What started with a requirement for 500,000 PCR tests rose to 800,000 within weeks, then to 1.5 million and rapidly to 10 million. 4C helped put in place a supply-chain structure that supported 66 million people, delivering more packages a day than Amazon. At the start, around one per cent of PPE was bought from UK suppliers, but 4C helped transform this figure to 70 per cent. This created upwards of 2,000 new UK jobs and improved supply chain security and resilience.

On top of this, 4C Associates had Army Reservists on their teams who supported the building of Nightingale hospitals in Scotland and rolling out testing facilities across the West Midlands. Military personnel, veterans and their families are valued members of the organisation, and 4C Associates formally recognises this through their ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The future will see us growing our current business in consumer, life sciences and central government and expanding into more industry areas, including aerospace, defence, security, transport and the regulated industry. We are looking forward to playing a pivotal role in the national post-Covid and post-Brexit recovery, in ways that support sustainability, social responsibility and levelling up.

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