It’s been almost two years since Wales’ national outdoor clothing brand Alpha Outdoor has started its outdoor season.
Now the brand is back in the headlines after an investigation into the company’s involvement with a UK government procurement programme.
The investigation, revealed by the Guardian last month, has led to Alpha’s withdrawal from the UK’s procurement programme in the wake of a series of revelations.
Alpha says that the purchase process was conducted in line with the UK Government’s procurement policy and that the company had not knowingly breached its contract with the government.
It has also apologised to the Welsh Government and has been fined £100,000.
It was a tough year for the brand, as the Welsh Premier announced the end of its contract in January and a new Welsh Government agency was established in the capital to manage the business.
Alpha has been accused of using questionable methods in securing the UK government’s support for the purchase of a number of products, including winter wear and winter coats, and has also been accused by the Welsh Assembly of being “uncooperative” with the Welsh government.
A spokesman for Alpha said that the “whole company is deeply sorry” for the controversy, but insisted that it had not “conducted any procurement activity in breach of its contracts with the Ministry of Defence, the Welsh National Assembly or the Welsh Cabinet”.
“We have been involved in the procurement process from the very beginning and we were committed to complying with all the Government’s requirements,” he said.
“We are pleased to see that the investigation has concluded.
“Alpha is proud of the work it has done to provide outdoor clothing to people in Wales for many years and has made every effort to comply with all procurement requirements.” “
Alpha said it has already spent over £4 million on the purchase and that it will be continuing to do so. “
Alpha is proud of the work it has done to provide outdoor clothing to people in Wales for many years and has made every effort to comply with all procurement requirements.”
Alpha said it has already spent over £4 million on the purchase and that it will be continuing to do so.
It added that it would continue to work with the Department of Health, NHS Wales and other authorities in order to provide quality outdoor garments for people.
Wales’ Minister for Health Jonathan Edwards has said that he was “extremely concerned” about the investigation and said that Alpha had “put a lot of money in this process”.
He added: “The investigation has shown that Alpha Outdoor, through its procurement contract, is a highly-regulated organisation and has a clear procurement policy that requires compliance with all relevant procurement rules and regulations.”
Alpha Outdoor is the world’s largest outdoor clothing manufacturer, with over 2 million units sold and an extensive line of clothing for women and children.
“They are a highly respected brand and have been a key part of Wales’ outdoor clothing industry for many decades.”
As a company, they will be disappointed and disappointed that Alpha is not able to continue to provide high quality outdoor clothes for Wales.
“The Department for Health is working with all suppliers to ensure we have a safe and sustainable procurement process.”
The Welsh Government has also launched an investigation of Alpha’s activities in the country’s procurement process.
Alpha said it was “disappointed” and “deeply concerned” by the investigation, but that it was fully compliant with the terms of its previous contract with Government.
It said it had “taken steps to ensure its procurement processes are compliant with all statutory and regulatory requirements and had provided detailed and accurate information to the Department for Wales and the Department’s Advisory Committee on Procurement and Agreements (ACPA)”.
In a statement, Alpha said: “Alpha Outdoor, which is owned by a small business in Wales, has been a valued member of our Welsh fabric and outdoor clothing community since the early days of the company.
We are very disappointed by the Department decision and we will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation.”
We have taken steps to provide the Welsh Public Service with accurate information on our procurement processes, including the process for the acquisition of clothing and equipment.
“At Alpha Outdoor we are committed to being fully compliant and adhere to all procurement regulations.”
Earlier this year, Alpha unveiled the first batch of winter clothing in Wales.
Alpha’s first winter jackets, from the brand’s new range, were launched in April this year.