P & R closes down, but we are NOT out of the woods yet.


After 15 months of continuous investigation by the Shepwayvox Team into P & R Installation Company Ltd, who won a £27 million pound contract with East Kent Housing; which began on the 31st March 2017 at 5pm, has been shut down by its parent company, Bilby PLC.  This is a financial move to firewall Bilby PLC, we suspect. 

P & R have according to all four East Kent Councils (Canterbury, Dover,Folkestone & Hythe and Thanet) overcharged the public purse by £1.5 million (Para 5.2) and fraud has been alleged.

Bilby PLC announced the closure of P & R today 1st August 2019

Bilby said its review has isolated its loss-making activities to subsidiary P&R, which recently gave notice of termination of its contract to supply building maintenance services for UK Ministry of Defence properties. This is still subject to dispute and resolution proceedings.

Additionally, delays to a major £27 million pound gas installation contract for East Kent Housing resulted in Bilby’s contract being terminated.

  • P&R was undertaking both contracts, and Bilby remains in active discussion with the organisations regarding a resolution over disputed money owed.

  • Bilby continues to vigorously defend its position in relation to services provided and work undertaken and invoiced in respect of these disputed contracts. However, any outcome will be finalised through an independent adjudication process,”

the company said.

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7 Comments on P & R closes down, but we are NOT out of the woods yet.

  1. Victor Meldrew // August 1, 2019 at 23:16 // Reply

    Congratulations to the Shepwayvox Team for your tenacity and continuous efforts. Without your efforts the public purse may have been fleeced for £1.5 million. Bravo to all involved.

  2. Jelly Bean // August 2, 2019 at 06:31 // Reply

    Wow! Well done. As you say Bilbly is building a firewall to protect itself How much did they know and when did they know it?

    You contributed in shutting down a company with a revenue of £22 million last year (2018). Let’s just hope other companies think twice now as we have the super team, the Shepwayvox Team, guarding the public purse.

  3. This is award winning journalism. However, you won’t be getting any award as none of the papers, or the award givers will recognise the Shepwayvox Team talent. That is there loss. Congratulations on all your hard work.

  4. Excellent investigative work and I am of the opinion that certain local newspapers need to up their game.

    Bilby PLC know that they are in trouble. Please find below a link to their recent Stock Exchange announcement below.


    Their woes are also clearly reflected in their share price (link below).


    What they have not got around to doing is updating their website to reflect the closure of P & R Installation Co Ltd!


  5. Did Upton & Anderson have a hand in the tender which Smith & Byford won? Just asking.

  6. It’s one thing to wonder about how the tendering process for a contract was carried out, but no one seems to have asked how DU got past the interview process for her appointment at EKH.

    With her past dire performance at both Medway and Circle; which is a matter of public record that, fraud, failure to manage contracts and the harassment of whistleblowers went on, the P&R fiasco seems almost a predetermined outcome.

    There is no doubt this should have been foreseen by those above her charged with monitoring just how public funds were being spent.

  7. We need to know what the appointment process for her post involved, how many other applicants there were and most importantly of all who sat on the appointment panel. Some of this information may already be in the public domain but, that which is not will require and FOI request to elicit it.

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