No-deal Brexit – the Government is preparing, are you?

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The UK Government has announced plans to create a new e-procurement system to replace the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in the event that the ongoing Brexit negotiations do not produce an agreement.

While it is still unclear whether or not a deal will be reached, the new guidance outlines a contingency plan intended to guarantee continuity in UK public contracting.

What does this mean for public procurement in the UK?

The UK is due to formally leave the EU on 29th March 2019. Until that date, tenders above the relevant threshold must still be published in the OJEU as normal. Subject to the nature of the UK’s continuing relationship with the EU, it is possible that this will continue to be the case.

If there is no agreement, a new system for publishing above-threshold notices will be implemented. Aside from this, however, all the national procurement portals of the constituent parts of the UK – Contracts Finder, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales, and eTendersNI – will remain in place.

What do you think?

As Brexit approaches we have been receiving more and more queries from our subscribers – whether they be supportive of exiting the EU or not – about the future of public procurement in the UK. Now that the endgame is beginning to take shape, we’d be interested to know your views. When it comes to public procurement, are you preparing for all eventualities? What else would you like to see clarified before March 2019?

Ask us a question or let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

Pitfalls established suppliers must avoid

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You’ve won plenty of contracts over the years and feel satisfied that you lead your industry. That may be the case, but change can come like a thief in the night. Ensure that you remain competitive by avoiding some common mistakes.

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Timescales under the 2015 Public Contracts Regulations – updated

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We regularly receive queries regarding the minimum timescales that apply in each type of procurement procedure. These timescales specify the number of calendar days required between a notice being sent to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for publication and the deadline for submission of responses.

The timescales can often cause concern with both suppliers and buyers due to the delay between submission of a notice to the OJEU and it’s publication. It can take at least 48 hours for a notice to be published after it is submitted, during which time there is an embargo on it being advertised nationally (for more information please see this blog).

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Securing your first contract

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Making your first breakthrough in the public sector can be just as much about your strategy and mindset as it is about the content and quality of your bids. You can maximise your chances of success by applying a few basic principles.

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Upcoming free webinars


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There’s still time to book your place on one of our free webinars next week. If the dates don’t work for you, recordings of previous sessions can be accessed anytime.

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The Significance of Social Value

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What is social value?

The purpose of social value in public procurement is to maximise the reach of public expenditure by ensuring that local communities, economies, and the environment benefit in some way from any given contract.

The requirements were introduced in part to address a perception that taxpayers were often not benefiting in any tangible way from public spending in their local area.

While cost remains the single most important metric in the award of a public contract, social value considerations can be scored with a weighting of up to 20%.

This has served to redefine the concept of value for money in publicly funded projects, placing more emphasis on going the extra mile than simply offering the lowest quote.

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Framework Agreements: What You Need to Know

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What are framework agreements?

Frameworks are “umbrella agreements” that sets out the terms – particularly relating to price, quality and quantity – under which individual contracts (call-offs) can be awarded throughout the period of the agreement (normally a maximum of 4 years). They are typically used when the buyer(s) identify a need for specific products or services but are unsure of the scope or time-frame.

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A Closer Look: The Solution

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If you’ve read the two previous blogs in this series – The Challenge and The Fix – you’ll understand the problem suppliers face in sourcing suitable public contracts and the mechanics of the Tenders Direct solution. In the final part, we look at how we help our customers complete the journey from finding a promising contract to winning it…

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A Closer Look: The Fix

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In our last blog we outlined the challenge faced by suppliers when attempting to find suitable public sector contracts. Missing out on just one opportunity – particularly a framework agreement which can encompass many invitations to tender – is a nightmare scenario for any company. In this post we focus on how Tenders Direct prevents lucrative public work from passing our customers by.

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A Closer Look: The Challenge

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All businesses exist to overcome some sort of challenge on behalf of their clients. At Tenders Direct, we specialise in helping suppliers find – and win – public sector contracts. But aren’t public contract notices in the public domain? Surely this information is easy to find? Well, much like a needle in a haystack, relevant tenders for your business are out there but locating them is another matter.

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