Anti-competitive cartel targeted care homes
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has found that four companies unlawfully conspired to rig bids for contracts to install access-control and alarm systems. All 65 victims were retirement or care homes.
In each of the 65 cases, only two companies bid for the work: Cirrus Communication Systems and one of the other three cartelists — Glyn Jackson Communications, Peter O’Rourke Electrical and Owens Installations.
Cirrus and its competitor colluded in the setting of its prices in response to the tender, with Cirrus submitting the lower bid. The OFT believes that the other companies were compensated in subcontracts from Cirrus…
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Stephen Critchley and Robert Andrews describe what the alleged manipulation is; who may have suffered from it; and the ongoing investigations into it.
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