It is celebrated each first day of the week by every member of the Plymouth Brethren and it serves to hold our community together in the bond of Christian fellowship and in committal to the Lord Jesus Christ. But emails don’t pay our journalists, and nor do billionaires or intrusive ads. It came to prominence after being ... 24 December 2020. Another company called Tower Supplies, based in Dorset, appears to have been awarded more than £40 million in two contracts to supply PPE. Andrew Cookson is a company director and is listed as the regional principal at The Focus School York, according to its prospectus. “Like any other religious group or church, many of our members run their own businesses, and these organisations are completely separate from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church,” a Brethren spokesperson told Byline Times. Some members’ children attend schools run by One School Global and Focus Learning Trust. They are more commonly known as the ‘Exclusive Brethren’ and tend to make the news for all the wrong reasons. Meanwhile, cleaning products company Arrow County Supplies was awarded two PPE deals worth up to £496,000 by Bristol City Council and Prosper Procurement, the latter acting on behalf of housing associations. The Fulmer Education Trust is also part of the OSG network and among its trustees is Ross Robertson. Another firm, Acopia Group, won a contract from County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust for the supply of PPE, worth £249,000. But given the National Audit Office’s criticism of PPE procurement during the pandemic, the fact so many firms with apparent ties to a little-known religious group have been awarded contracts worth – by our calculations – up to £1.1 billion, equalling the entire DHSC private sector expenditure last year, is worthy of investigation. The Exclusive Brethren is a subset of a Christian group, often described as Plymouth Brethren in the UK. Agile is based in Grimsby and is run by Anita, Christopher, Conran, Daniel, and Nicola Glass. We are very proud of our employees who have worked extremely hard to help the nation at this critical time.”. Plymouth Brethren members attend regular church services each Sunday to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and preach the Gospel. Together, we are Brethren. Charlie Aris is the CEO at Tower Supplies, according to his Linkedin profile. 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The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church dates back to the 1830's in the United Kingdom and is sometimes called the Exclusive Brethren. In January this year, he was accused of assault by two former members on a public street next to his father’s mansion in Australia, where he lives next door. The Managing Director of the company is a man named Matthew Calder, while its business development assistant is Amos Calder. Tags: Exclusive Brethren, Subsidies. Garth, meanwhile, appears to have volunteered for the Brethen-run Rapid Relief Team since September 2018, according to his LinkedIn. She grew up in 'the Exclusive Brethren', a Christian sect, and even 40 years later finds it difficult to look in the mirror, after being told as a child that vanity was a sin.' We’re funded by readers’ subscription fees: Or donate to our seasonal crowdfunder to hire an additional journalist to conduct more investigations. EXCLUSIVE ‘Test and Trace’ Replacing Corporate Giants With £800-a … None of our meeting halls have been used since 17th March owing to the current covid situation. Another firm with potential Brethren links is Ureka Global – an adhesives supplier that won a contract in March worth up to £375,542 for the supply of PPE to Bristol City Council. Unispace admits that the founders of the company met through the church in 2008, although denies that the company is owned or run by the Brethren directly. The company is seemingly run by the Parsons family: Garth, Matthew, and Ryan. It was awarded a £416,000 contract to supply PPE to Leeds City Council. Monday, August 10th, 2020 While some connections therefore may be coincidental, there is a sufficient number of confirmed links to ask why an organisation with so few members should be associated with such a large volume of PPE contracts. The Focus Learning Trust, that runs the schools, is affiliated to the Brethren. In 2013, former Conservative MP Amber Rudd visited the church in St. Leonards-on-Sea and an investigation by The Times found the group attempting to influence British politics by providing Conservative MPs with election support. Australian Gareth Hales has a religious background, as the son of Exclusive [Plymouth] Brethren world leader Bruce Hales. Plymouth Brethren Christian Church Limited is an active company incorporated on 10 August 2012 with the registered office located in Chessington, Greater London. Specialising in safety products, including PPE, the firm has received these contracts from local administrations – Norfolk (two contracts), Doncaster, Redcar and Cleveland, Norfolk, and Leeds – rather than central government. “We have to get a hatred, an utter hatred of the world,” world leader Bruce Hales said in 2006. Inivos is run by five members of the Fentiman family, including Warrick Fentiman, who was described by a witness in a court hearing as being “well respected within the PBCC (Plymouth Brethren Christian Church) community”. It says that “the School is generously supported via the donation of time and financial support by the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church”. Many of the firms have a background in PPE and healthcare supply, which isn’t disputed. Two people have significant control of Unispace Global: Anthony Hazell and Gareth Hales. Director Garth Woodcock is also a director at Unispace Scotland Ltd, which appears to be part of the Unispace Global Ltd network. Two men have accused Gareth Hales, whose office fitout … Finally, workwear supply company SMI Int Group has been awarded multiple deals up to £5.9 million for the supply of PPE to various authorities, including the YPO and Wiltshire Council. by Peebs.Net . We also introduce new voices of colour in Our Lives Matter. In addition, Oska Care Ltd was awarded a £338,000 contract to supply manual ward beds and mattresses to SEC Hospital in March. Confirming this link, Robert Blackledge says on LinkedIn that he gained a qualification from the Brethren-run consultancy and training group, UBT, and appears to be a representative at the Brethren’s OneSchool Global Atherstone Campus. 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Trustee Charlie Leflaive has significant interests in a company called ToffeIn Ltd, which was awarded three contracts worth more than £4 million. Techniclean Holdings Limited owns more than 75% of the shares, and Micheal Wyatt Barter is a director, with more than 25% of shares and voting rights. The 45,000 Brethren members worldwide – and roughly 20,000 in the UK – are encouraged to be educated at Brethren-run schools, of which there are hundreds across the world, find employment at a Brethren business and marry a Brethren partner. Ascot Signs has been approached for comment. “There are approximately 20,000 members in the UK and many of these are volunteers for the Rapid Relief Team which is a global charity supporting communities in times of need. The sect, whose members are subject to strict disciplinary practices, enjoys tax reliefs and rebates reportedly worth as much as £11 million a year. The firm’s website also claims that a company called BACA Workwear & Safety acquired “certain assets of Total Protection UK Ltd in April 2017”. SMI Int Group has been approached for comment. Australian Gareth Hales has a religious background, as the son of Exclusive [Plymouth] Brethren world leader Bruce Hales. One contract was concluded on 24 April this year, the other ended just a day later. That said, there are connections between the Nicholas Walker named on Companies House and the fellow trustees of OneSchool Global Knockloughrim. It won a £348,000 contract to supply Type IIR masks to Derbyshire County Council. Today, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church is thought to … A weekly collection of news and information regarding the Exclusive Brethren cult. He did business training with UBT and, before that, attended Wilton Park School in Salisbury, which was part of the Brethren network. In addition to the £177 million in contracts above, two contracts worth more than £107 million were awarded to Clandeboye Agencies Ltd to supply PPE to the DHSC. And then there’s Agile Medical. Ureka Global has been approached for comment. Local UK website. The Exclusive Brethren have long been revered as a Christian congregation of simple, God-fearing folk. Our leading investigations include Russian Interference, Coronavirus, Cronyism and Far Right Radicalisation. Then there’s Yewdale Corporation – an Essex-based window screening supplier that won a £570,000 contract in May for the supply of face masks. (August 2020) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC) is an influential Christian sect led by Australian businessman Bruce Hales. Members are generally expected not to socialise, eat or drink with outsiders. Nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton detailed her life growing up in the ‘Exclusive Brethren’ and being prohibited from attending concerts and forced to hear the confessions of adults which were at times were of a sexual nature. Post 11:46 AM - Nov 23 #1 2020-11-23T16:46. UBT provides “advisory and group buying services,” and runs corporate training sessions for Brethren members. More than 1,000 UK businesses run by the Brethren turn over £2 billion a year, according to The Times, while UK Brethren charities achieved revenues of £138 million in 2013 alone. Plymouth Brethren Christian Church Limited has been running for 8 years. Like all Christians, members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC) are empowered by the Holy Bible, but unlike others we are not always well understood. The majority shareholder of CMT Equipment is Anthony Hazell, the Unispace Global Director. In April, Techniclean Supply Ltd was awarded a £20 million contract to provide Type IIR face masks. plymouth brethren (exclusive brethren) christian church limited 10 Aug 2012 - 23 Jul 2020 Tell us what you think of this service (link opens a new window) Is there anything wrong with this page? List of company documents: buy all … It was awarded a £4 million contract to supply PPE to the DHSC in May this year. bylinetimes.com Byline Times and The Citizens have discovered dozens of deals awarded to firms with apparent ties to a little-known Christian group. Find out all about the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church UK Gospel halls on our interactive map. Another director, Gary Critchley, holds the same position at Plymouth Brethren Christian Church Ltd. Woodcock is also a director at Orcagel Company Ltd which was only incorporated in March this year. Unispace Global Ltd was awarded a more than £108 million contract on 16 May for garments for biological or chemical protection. The regulator then received more than 3,000 letters from church members and more than 200 letters from MPs, and The Times alleged that “Charity Commission officials were followed to unrelated events by Brethren members”. Each Gospel hall trust is autonomous and is run by its own board of trustees. The famously secretive Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, formerly known as Exclusive Brethren, was the go-ahead from Brisbane City Council yesterday to build a … According to Companies House, Gareth Hales has significant control of the company and records an Australian address. Byline Times has uncovered about a dozen connections between trustees listed amongst this school and church network, who also appear to be directors and shareholders at companies awarded PPE and ventilator procurement contracts by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Meanwhile, a Ross Robertson is the director and shareholder at Medco Solutions, which was awarded more than £10 million in two contracts to supply face masks and garments for biological protection. The Exclusive Brethren is an evangelical Christian movement which is part of a wider movement known as the Plymouth Brethren. Wives ordered to leave their husbands. We’ve built this website to tell people about our beliefs and values, our fellowship, and the many ways we engage with our local and global communities. Two of the directors of Arrow County Supplies, based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, appear to be trustees at Holyhead Road Gospel Hall Trust in the same town. Ms O'CONNOR - Treasurer, I wanted to talk to you about the $2 million grant made to Scottsdale Pork which was announced by ministers Ferguson and Barnett, I believe, on 27 October. Again, the company appears to be owned by a family, the Nunn family: Alan, Alex, Daniel, Mary and Richard. Unispace admits that the founders of the company met through the church in 2008, although denies that the company is owned or run by the Brethren directly. This is one of many examples of the group’s lobbying activities, that have seen it able to mobilise the support of hundreds of MPs and raise millions of pounds. Behind security gates, inside one of 340 windowless meeting rooms across the country UBT is listed on the Brethren website as part of its network. A Nicholas Walker is similarly listed as a director at Antrim-based Clandeboye Agencies, which has been awarded two contracts by the DHSC worth more than £107 million for the supply of PPE. The Plymouth Brethren is an evangelical Christian movement that believes and practices a fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible. SUBSCRIBE to Byline Times now and get this month’s digital edition immediately. Returns: next due date: 2021.08.24 overdue: NO last made update: 2020.08.10 documents available: 1 . Though the company confirmed to Byline Times that a ‘Nick’ Walker is a director, the school has not not replied to inquiries to confirm whether the same Nick Walker is a trustee. Yewdale Corporation has been approached for comment. The Citizens is a non-profit organisation that has been investigating contracts awarded during the Coronavirus pandemic. Exclusive Brethren cult leader's millionaire son accused of assault The Age, Australia/January 20, 2020 By Michael Bachelard. Agile Medical has been approached for comment. There are connections between this Nick Walker and the Ascot Signs owners: namely, fellow Clandeboye director Andrew Walker is linked to a firm called Causeway Vision, one of the directors of which is Garth White of Ascot. For his part, Hazell also appears to be a trustee of the Manor Gospel Trust, which “provides and maintains gospel halls” for the Brethren. However, now, contracts awarded to approximately 20 firms with apparent ties to the Brethren have now been discovered, with their revenues from these deals stretching up to £1.1 billion. There are currently 8 active directors according to the latest confirmation statement submitted on 10th August 2020. In late April, the DHSC awarded a contract worth £2.3 million for the supply of face visors to Ascot Signs, another firm potentially linked to the Brethren. A Christopher Glass is a trustee at Haven Gospel Hall, a Brethren facility, located just 15 minutes away from Agile’s registered office. The Trust was rebranded into the OSG network in April last year. Of course, there is no suggestion of wrongdoing on the part of these companies. While it is difficult to corroborate whether these are the same individuals, the registered office address of Ascot Signs is also in Londonderry, less than an hour’s drive away from the school. The group has its origins in Exclusive Brethren, a Plymouth Brethren group, itself a branch of the Open Brethren. Former Exclusive Brethren members hit with dawn raids, legal suits after speaking out. “Any contractual agreements between the Government and these independent businesses are totally unrelated to the church.”, SUBSCRIBE to Byline Times now and get this month’s digital edition immediately. news; Exclusive Brethren an evil, corrupt cult, court told. They are distinguished from the Open Brethren from whom they separated in 1848. Byline Times and The Citizens research suggests this is one of the largest hauls amassed by any company from PPE contracts. Charles Allen Campbell is a trustee at The Bloomhill Trust, another OSG member. Meanwhile, a Nick Walker is named as a trustee of OneSchool Global UK Knockloughrim Campus, which is part of the Focus Learning Trust. Vaughan Thomas spoke to TVNZ’s Breakfast about learning how to use things like the internet and TV remotes. His interests on LinkedIn also include the Brethren-operated Rapid Response Team and UBT. In 2012, the Exclusive Brethren became known as the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. For the 17,000 British members of the Exclusive Brethren, life is highly restricted and tightly controlled. The Exclusive Brethren are an Evangelical Protestant Christian church distinct from the Christian or Open Brethren. To have an impact, our investigations need an audience. This simple and private service follows the form given in 1 Corinthians 11:23-28, John 20:19, Acts 20:7 and other Scriptures. A man named Ryan Parsons is also a trustee at the Chelmsford Gospel Hall Trust in Chelmsford, Essex, which maintains gospel halls for the Brethren. The same person is also named as a director at Blueleaf Ltd, a company that was incorporated in 2011 for non-specialised wholesale trade. 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