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Firm secures naval deal; DECEMBER.

BIRMINGHAM'S oldest company, badge maker Firmin, has won a prestige naval contract following a swift U-turn by the Ministry of Defence after claims of 'sharp practice.' The firm has received a 'sincere and unreserved apology' from top MoD officials after Firmin went public on losing out on a four-year tailoring contract for altering and repairing personnel uniforms at the Clyde Naval base.

Firmin, who supplied badges to Lord Nelson's crew at the Battle of Trafalgar, the crew of the Titanic and rival factions in the American Civil War, went public after the MoD awarded the contract worth tens of thousands of pounds to Stirling, a Scottish rival.

The Newtown Row firm, which dates back to 1655, had scored comfortably higher in the tender process than the Scottish group, but lost out after being undercut on the price. But the MoD announced an about-turn - preventing an erroneous use of taxpayers' money over four years - after Firmin chief executive Tim Newnes had called the Ministry's procurement practices 'dysfunctional and potentially illegal.'
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Dec 19, 2013
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