Public Sector Round-Up 18.06.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

1,050

707

343

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

101

70

405

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 11.06.21 and 17.06.21

In the news this week

Highways England announces £218m investment to improve roads across East of England
Millions of road-users are set to enjoy safer, quicker and easier journeys, as Highways England reveals a multi-million-pound package of improvements across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Over the next 12 months, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will benefit from road resurfacing, bridge joint replacements, new cycle lanes, improved signage and landscaping.

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£36 million boost for AI technologies to revolutionise NHS care
Thirty-eight new pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) projects announced to help revolutionise care and accelerate diagnosis. Thousands of patients and NHS staff will benefit from dozens of new pioneering projects awarded a share of £36 million to test state-of-the-art AI technology. The projects are part of the NHS AI Lab’s £140 million AI in Health and Care Award, and will help the NHS to transform the quality of care and the speed of diagnoses for conditions such as lung cancer.

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First look at £39.5m plans to improve Leeds Station including pedestrianised of nearby streets and cycle lanes
Leeds Station and its surrounding area is set to undergo a major change as part of a £39.5 million investment scheme. The funding will see New Station Street becoming completely pedestrianised, new taxi ranks and bus stops, new cycle lanes, and new seating areas.

Plans submitted for low carbon social housing in Manchester
A planning application has been submitted by Manchester City Council for new social housing in Newton Heath, bringing a long-term brownfield site back into use. The 69 new homes will have generous gardens, solar panels, living green roofs, ground source heat pumps, electric vehicle charging points, and other environmentally friendly features as part of the project’s low carbon commitment.

The City Council has plans to build 32,000 new homes between 2015 and 2025, with a target of 6,400 of those being affordable homes.

West Yorkshire to invest in new cycling infrastructure

More than £19.4m is to be invested in new walking and cycling schemes around Skipton and Harrogate Rail Stations. These active travel routes are part of the mayor’s plans for the region to become a net-zero carbon economy by 2038.

Finding next-gen space tech: DASA launches the Space to Innovate Campaign

Over the next year, DASA will release a series of challenge “drops” to find and fund solutions to major space hurdles, with up to £2m in funding available.

Pupils to benefit from better quality PE and sport next year
£320 million PE and Sport Premium will help schools prioritise physical activity with education, as schools build back better from the pandemic


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Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-London: Construction work
Short description: Contract to renew or enhance existing overhead line switches currently installed between London Paddington and Stockley Bridge (MLN / 0-12¼ milepost) on the Great Western Main Line to the same specification to those already rolled out across the electrified route.
Published By: Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
Date Published: 16 June 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £4,190,181.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Amey Inabense Joint Venture
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Norwich: Vans
Short description: Van fleet replacement programme for 120 vehicles.
Date Published: 16 June 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £2,063,911.20
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: Lookers leasing
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Huddersfield: Food, beverages, tobacco and related products
Short description: Contract for the supply and delivery of Frozen and Chilled Food Products to various locations and establishments throughout the Kirklees district in West Yorkshire.
Published By: The Council of the Borough of Kirklees
Date Published: 15 June 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £6,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 4 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: JJ Food Service Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Derby: Office furniture
Short description: Contract for the supply, delivery and installation of general office furniture and associated products and services.
Published By: Derby City Council
Date Published: 15 June 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,250,000.00
Number of tenders received: 1
Contractors: Senator International Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Call centre
Short description: Contract for an ‘Out of Hours Call Handling Service’ for use by residents.
Published By: Network Homes
Date Published: 15 June 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £275,000.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: Orbis Protect Limited
View full notice on Tenders Direct



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Using news articles to find tenders

73% of respondents to a recent poll said they have used a news article to find tender opportunities. 


Significant competitive advantage can be gained by being responsive and using any resources you have available to find and win new business. So if you are not aware of an opportunity that is well suited to your company, and you hear about it in the news – it makes sense to do your research and see what work is available. 

Poll: Has a news article ever prompted you to search for related public contract opportunities?

When it comes to public sector tenders, if you are hearing about opportunities in the news, you have to ask yourself two important questions: when did this opportunity go live, and why did I not know about it? 
 
By the time news reaches you of a tender, you could already be too late. Days or weeks could have passed giving you less time to prepare a high-quality response for the deadline given. Prior to the notice going live, there may have also been consultations between the buyer and suppliers that you missed out on – giving your competitors a significant advantage. You could be lucky; the media could have picked up the story promptly and it’s a level playing field – but how many other suppliers will have had the same idea as you?     
 
If you consider that only significant contracting opportunities tend to get media attention, how many mundane yet lucrative notices are being published that you are unaware of? Low value tenders are the most difficult to find as there are fewer restrictions on them, meaning they do not have to be published centrally. There are hundreds of different sources buyers use to publish their notices, making the task of finding every relevant tender an almost impossible task.  


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Public Sector Round-Up 11.06.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

996

701

295

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

106

57

395

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 04.06.21 and 10.06.21

In the news this week

Suppliers will now be asked to include Carbon Reduction Plans within their bids for major government contracts.
To help the UK Government achieve its ‘Net Zero’ target, a new Procurement Policy Note (PPN) has created the need for Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies to take account of suppliers’ Carbon Reduction Plans for the procurement of major Government contracts.

Suppliers will need to demonstrate their commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2050 in the UK, and provide details of the environmental management measures that will be in use when fulfilling the contract.

Full details as well as a sample Carbon Reduction Plan can be found within the Procurement Policy Note – Taking Account of Carbon Reduction Plans in the procurement of major government contracts.

Draft strategy sets out how Edinburgh will strive to become a climate ready, net zero Capital by 2030
The Council has set out a city-wide approach to reducing Edinburgh’s greenhouse gas emissions as part of new plans being considered by Councillors to tackle climate change in the Capital. Included within this strategy are plans to:
◆ Trial two net-zero neighbourhoods
◆ Create a city heat and energy partnership
◆ Retrofit public buildings. 
◆ Expand the City Climate Compact to help SMEs transition to sustainable businesses practices.
◆ Create EV charging hubs

Thirty towns to share £725 million to help communities build back better

Funding announced for 30 towns in England to boost their local economies, create jobs and help them build back better from the pandemic. These Towns Deals will help breathe new life into neglected areas or unused buildings by creating vibrant spaces for businesses, community events or much needed new homes.
Within the article are details of each town to benefit from the funding, as well as details of some of the plans to be implemented.

PM announces new funding for Cornwall to create a G7 legacy for the region
Cornwall will receive new investment under plans announced by the Prime Minister to create a long-term legacy from the G7 Summit, and will benefit from the following projects:
◆ creation of a new network of foot and cycle paths 
◆ restoration and expansion of community hubs
◆ land restoration and regeneration across 21,000 hectares of land
◆ making Cornwall the first net zero region of the UK

Major River Thames flood alleviation project passes key milestone
The River Thames Scheme will reduce the flood risk for 11,000 homes and 1,600 businesses in communities along the river. The outline business case has been approved, unlocking the first £60m of the scheme’s funding so that detailed design and planning work can begin.
The £501m River Thames Scheme will see two new flood relief channels constructed at Runnymede and Spelthorne, together with capacity increases at Sunbury, Molesey and Teddington weirs and the Desborough Cut. The scheme’s wider benefits will include new walking and cycle paths, parks and wildlife habitats.

Social investment pilot to fund over 200 homes for rough sleepers
More rough sleepers and people at risk of homelessness will be supported into accommodation through a new £30m social investment pilot that will create over 200 move-on homes. The pilot will provide homes in Greater Manchester, London and Teesside with a smaller number of other homes provided in areas across England. Tailored support from charities and social enterprises that specialise in housing vulnerable people will be available to help residents maintain their tenancies, including addiction services, education and employment support and counselling.


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Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Maidstone: Refuse and waste related services
Short description: Services include the reception, weighing and processing of Highways Mechanical Arisings (HMA) delivered to the Provider’s facility.
Published By: Kent County Council
Date Published: 07 June 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,425,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Thanet Waste Services Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Carlisle: Motor vehicles for the transport of goods
Short description: A framework to allow the Council to implement a fleet replacement programme over the next 4 years.
Published By: Cumbria County Council
Date Published: 09 June 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £5,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, Lot 1: 7 (of which were SMEs: 4)
Number of tenders received, Lot 2: 2 (of which were SMEs: 0)
Number of tenders received, Lot 3: 2 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Number of tenders received, Lot 4: 2 (of which were SMEs: 0)
Number of tenders received, Lot 5: 0 (of which were SMEs: 0)
Number of tenders received, Lot 6: 4 (of which were SMEs: 0)
Number of tenders received, Lot 7: 3 (of which were SMEs: 0)
Contractors: James A Cuthbertson Ltd | Scot JCB Ltd | Guest Motors Ltd T/A Guest Truck And Van | North East Truck and Van Ltd | Lloyd Ltd | Aprite (GB) Ltd t/as West Way Nissan | Ford Retail Ltd T/A Trust Ford | Renault UK Ltd | Toyota GB plc
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Sheffield: Analysis apparatus
Short description: Laser metrology systems consumables and training services.
Published By: The University of Sheffield
Date Published: 10 June 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £815,000.00
Number of tenders received: 1
Contractors: Hexagon Metrology Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


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Public Sector Round-Up 04.06.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

979

661

318

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

125

63

405

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 28.05.21 & 03.06.21

In the news this week

New Procurement Policy Note (PPN) puts a greater focus on Social Value
Procurement accounts for around a third of all public expenditure, and greater focus is being put on how this spending can better support the delivery of key priorities – including generating economic growth, helping communities recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, and supporting the transition to net zero carbon.

With the introduction of ‘Procurement Policy Note 05/21: National Procurement Policy Statement’, all contracting authorities should consider the following national priority outcomes, alongside any additional local priorities in their procurement activities:

◆ creating new businesses, new jobs and new skills;
◆ tackling climate change and reducing waste, and
◆ improving supplier diversity, innovation and resilience.

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Government agrees conditions-based £1.08 billion funding deal with Transport for London
The funding will support TFL until 11 December 2021, and ensure the continued running of London’s transport network as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The package also allows TfL to continue with plans to improve efficiency and pursue effective reforms which will modernise London’s transport network, including expanding use of automatic train operation.

£8m package of improvements for A64 in Yorkshire
Drivers using the A64 coastal route between York and Scarborough are to benefit from an £8m package of improvements to make journeys safer and smoother. Highways England will carry out the work this financial year, starting in the summer.

Millions more funding for projects to make our streets safer

Forty areas have been awarded £18.3 million to make streets safer through methods proven to cut crime, including simple changes to the design of streets such as locked gates around alleyways, increased street-lighting and the installation of CCTV. 

Government announces 10 councils to test the use of digital tools in planning process
The Housing Minister has announced a £1.1 million fund to test the use of digital tools and data standards across 10 local areas. By introducing a digital system that makes plans map-based and accessible online, local people will be able to engage with planning in their local area, which will help get homes built quicker.

Huge expansion of tutoring in next step of education recovery
£1 billion will be used to offer up to 100 million hours of free tuition to children and young people across England to help them catch up on learning lost during the pandemic.

Government fund will support new ideas for cleaning up space

Space firms are being invited to apply for a share of up to £800,000 in funding from the UK Space Agency to develop ideas for space debris removal missions.


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Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-London: Construction work
Short description: Delivery of planned works under 5 discrete lots across various geographical regions.
Published By: Hyde Housing Association
Date Published: 31 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £110,522,775.06
Number of tenders received, Lot 1: 6 (of which were SMEs: 2)
Number of tenders received, Lot 2: 5 (of which were SMEs: 3)
Number of tenders received, Lot 3: 5 (of which were SMEs: 3)
Number of tenders received, Lot 4: 5 (of which were SMEs: 4)
Number of tenders received, Lot 5: 4 (of which were SMEs: 3)
Contractors: Engie Regeneration Ltd | Anglian Building Products | AD Construction Group | Breyer Group | Ian Williams Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Carlisle: Construction work
Short description: Provision of all necessary Design and Engineering, Labour, Equipment, Plant and Materials to undertake all works associated with the delivery of the Carlisle Southern Link Road (CSLR)
Published By: Cumbria County Council
Date Published: 31 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £75,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: Morgan Sindall Construction AND Infrastructure Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Salford: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
Short description: Provision of on-site and remote ICT services, and independent consultancy services.
Published By: Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC)
Date Published: 1 June 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £99,999,999.98
Number of tenders received, Lot 1: 27
Number of tenders received, Lot 1: 15
Contractors: Computeam | Stone Technologies Ltd trading as Stone Group | XMA Ltd | Computer Systems in Education (CSE) | Dataspire Solutions Ltd | RM Education | BCN Group Ltd | SWEETHAVEN COMPUTERS LIMITED | European Electronique | The AdEPT Technology Group | Deloitte LLP | PTS Consulting UK Ltd | EVR Consulting Limited | New Networks | Phoenix Software Ltd | NOVATIA SERVICES LIMITED
View full notice on Tenders Direct


The UK Government is aiming to deliver ‘better, faster and greener’ projects, and to achieve this has published new guidance for working with suppliers in The Construction Playbook.


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Public Sector Round-Up 28.05.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

1,316

972

344

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

67

69

362

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 21.05.21 & 27.05.21

In the news this week

New multimillion-pound Devon road scheme announced
The project in Devon will see an overhaul of the A382 as well as various new routes for cycling and walking. The total cost of the scheme comes to £44.85m, with Devon County Council providing the remaining £6.7m. Work on the scheme is due to start in 2024 and is expected to be completed by early 2026.

£401 million investment into upgrades to deliver brighter rail future
Investment for Transpennine route upgrade, increased freight capacity between the Port of Southampton and Midlands plus new stations at Exeter and Leeds.

£44 million cash boost to cut emissions from buildings and help households save on energy bills
Tens of thousands of UK homes, businesses and public buildings are one step closer to benefitting from greener, cleaner energy thanks to £44 million of government funding.

Councils given funding boost to develop new local design guide for housing development
A new national design code meaning areas are beautiful, well-designed and locally-led is being tested across 14 areas in England. Each of the test areas have been given £50,000 to develop their own codes which are hoped will enhance the character of the local area.

Scotland’s first rural 5G connectivity hub to be established in Dumfries
The new hub will bring together technological expertise, academic research and local businesses to drive innovation and accelerate the uptake of 5G in the south of Scotland.

Government broadband scheme seeks input from residents of UK’s most remote areas
Residents and businesses in the UK’s most isolated areas are being encouraged to share their experiences of getting online as part of a consultation to get fast broadband to premises considered to be “very hard to reach”. The responses will help shape the delivery of a £5bn plan to boost broadband in the most remote parts of the UK.

£51 million for councils to support care leavers

The support package unveiled by the government will fund a range of schemes to support those that are either in or leaving care, as well as proposals to introduce national standards that accommodation settings for 16- and 17-year-olds would have to meet.


The UK Government is aiming to deliver ‘better, faster and greener’ projects, and to achieve this has published new guidance for working with suppliers in The Construction Playbook.


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Farnborough: Food, beverages, tobacco and related products
Short description: Ambient, chilled and frozen, fresh meat and fruit and vegetables.
Published By: STEP Academy Trust c/o Pelican Procurement Services
Date Published: 21 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £504,915.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Bidfood
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Port Glasgow: Installation services (except software)
Short description: Installation services to support the installation of pipe spools on board vessels.
Published By: Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Ltd
Date Published: 25 May 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £5,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 5 (of which were SMEs: 3)
Contractors: Global Maritime Engineering Services Ltd | HB Hydraulics LTD | IPS Group Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Highway toll services
Short description: Road User Charging Services which includes vehicle identification, account management, payment processing, and customer services.
Date Published: 21 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £150,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: Conduent Parking Enforcement Solutions Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


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UK Public Procurement: The Construction Playbook

To achieve their aim of delivering ‘better, faster and greener’ projects, the UK Government has published new guidance for working with suppliers in The Construction Playbook.
 
Underpinning the 12 chapters within the Playbook are 14 policies, all of which focus on improving how the public sector works with the construction industry. The guidance applies directly to central government agencies, and is to be considered ‘good practice’ by the wider public sector – meaning all suppliers should familiarise themselves with the guidance to achieve the best possible scores when bidding for work. 
 
While we recommend relevant suppliers giving the Playbook a through read – at 83 pages long it is certainly not light reading! For reference and as an initial overview, we have provided a summary of the key outcomes and policies below. 


What does better, faster and greener look like?

The outcomes the government aims to achieve from implementing this new guidance are: 
 
◆ Clear and appropriate outcome-based specifications 
◆ Longer term contracting across portfolios 
◆ Standardised designs, components and interfaces 
◆ More innovation and adoption of modern methods of construction 
◆ Sustainable, win-win contract arrangements incentivising better outcomes 
◆ Better financial assessment of suppliers and continuity planning 
◆ Increased speed of end-to-end project and programme delivery 
◆ Improved building and workplace safety 
◆ Contribute to 2050 net zero commitment 
◆ Promote social value


The Construction Playbook’s 14 Key Policies

  1. Commercial pipelines 
    The government will ensure the market is aware of all upcoming projects and aim to publish pipelines for the next 3-5 years. This gives suppliers plenty of time to engage with buyers and arrange joint bids before contracts have been published. 
  2. Market health and capability assessments 
    They will work to design strategies and contracts that help to maintain a healthy market – by addressing barriers to entry, taking advantage of innovations, and promoting competition. 
  3. Portfolio and longer term contracting 
    To achieve faster, better and greener projects, the government will use longer-term contracts and look to create portfolios of work where applicable. This can make things easier for you by creating standardised requirements, while also creating longer term opportunities. 
  4. Harmonise, digitise and rationalise demand 
    Where possible, opportunities to collaborate with other contracting authorities will be sought to establish common standards across a range of projects – offering you opportunities to develop efficiencies and innovations for the sector. 
  5. Further embedded digital technologies 
    Data will play a significant role in helping to improve safety, enable innovation, reduce costs and produce more sustainable outcomes. Suppliers and buyers are encouraged to adopt the UK Building Information Management (BIM) Framework
  6. Early Supply Chain Involvement (ESI) 
    Engaging with suppliers earlier is a policy that will help to improve efficiency by providing you with opportunities to make recommendations on design, cost, risk management, and structuring of projects. 
  7. Outcome-based approach 
    A shift in focus from ‘scope’ to ‘outcomes’ on whole life value. Suppliers will have to consider how their proposals fit into the government’s wider economic, social and environmental priorities. 
  8. Benchmarking and Should Cost Models 
    Data will be gathered to set benchmarks for cost, delivery time, emissions and key outcomes. The use of Should Cost Models (SCM) will be used to forecast whole life costs and risks of proposed projects – which will influence their Delivery Model Assessments (DMA) and how contracts will be awarded. 
  9. Delivery Model Assessments (DMA) 
    The use of DMAs will ensure contracting authorities use evidence-based processes to determine the best delivery model for projects. These assessments will offer you pre-engagement opportunities with buyers before contracts get published. 
  10. Effective contracting 
    Procurement will create value for all by creating sustainable, resilient and effective relationships with suppliers. This means putting a greater focus into contract types, outcomes and overall strategy. 
  11. Risk allocation 
    By working with suppliers at an early stage, risks should be addressed and have solutions developed to mitigate these before construction begins. Risk allocation will then determine which parties will assume each risk. 
  12. Payment mechanism and pricing approach 
    Working to establish the best pricing based on delivery of outputs, work value or supplier performance. Pricing should reflect the level of certainty or risk around the scope and requirement. 
  13. Assessing the economic and financial standing of suppliers 
    The economic and financial standing of suppliers will come into consideration to safeguard the delivery of projects. These assessments will form part of their risk management activities and be tailored to each specific project. 
  14. Resolution planning 
    Focuses on mitigating the impact of insolvency of projects. While major insolvency is rare, this is now part of their risk management, and you will now be required to provide resolution planning information in the form of a Service Continuity Plan (previously known as Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans). 

You can access The Construction Playbook on GOV.UK by following this link.


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Public Sector Round-Up 21.05.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

1,104

736

368

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

121

92

403

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 14.05.21 & 20.05.21

In the news this week

Newham Council to convert to green vehicles as part of £20 million investment over 5 years
Newham have approved plans to replace the first wave of 210 council vehicles with greener models to meet their promises in their Air Quality Action Plan and move towards Climate Emergency ambitions of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon zero by 2050.

£11.6 million for Swindon as government funds vital new road
This multimillion-pound road scheme will provide fast journeys between Swindon and the planned New Eastern Villages development – which will see the construction of over 4,000 new homes.

Councils given further £200 million in next stage of successful rough sleeping programme
This funding will be used to support vital projects such as shelters, specialist mental health or addiction services, and targeted support to help rough sleepers off the streets for good. Councils, charities and other local groups will use these funds to provide up to 14,500 bed spaces and 2,700 support staff across England.

More high streets set for funding boost as reopening accelerates
Further 57 English high streets to receive a share of over £830 million to improve transport links, build new homes and transform underused spaces.
Contained within this article is a list of all of the regions set to benefit from this funding, giving you leads to follow for potential work – you can find details about what types of projects are being funded in the three articles below.

To receive alerts as soon as any new contracts are published in your region or for your industry, subscribe to www.tendersdirect.co.uk – the UK’s most accurate tender alert service.


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Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Matlock: Street-lighting columns
Short description: A framework to convert approximately 9,000 street lighting assets, predominantly on the resilient road network, to LED lighting by April 2022.
Published By: Derbyshire County Council
Date Published: 19 May 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £9,200,000.00
Number of tenders received: 4
Contractors: EON Energy Solutions Ltd | Platinum Electrical Ltd | SSE Contracting Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Software package and information systems
Short description: Provision of a search and discovery (insight engine) solution.
Published By: Financial Conduct Authority
Date Published: 18 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,320,186.00
Number of tenders received: 9
Contractors: Aiimi Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Tunbridge Wells: Building completion work
Short description: A contract for the exhibition and library fit out of ‘The Amelia’, where the contractor will have overall responsibility for the shop drawings, samples and prototypes, site survey, offsite fabrication, and onsite installation.
Published By: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Date Published: 19 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,092,379.84
Number of tenders received: 6
Contractors: Factory Settings Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


Tenders range from the simple (not often!) to the very complex. Public sector tenders of course do have particular procedures that they follow. For inexperienced bidders, understanding the process and making sure the bid is compliant is often the focus. As your knowledge and experience grows the focus will shift from the mechanics of the tender to maximising the quality of your submissions and your win rate.
You can ask us whatever burning tendering questions you have and we’ll answer them during our upcoming webinar – How Tenders Work, and Deciding Whether to Bid.

In this webinar will cover:

  • The most common types of public sector tender processes
  • How tenders are published and how to access
  • Reviewing and understanding tenders and their scoring
  • Evaluating your suitability to bid and making your bid decision

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Public Sector Round-Up 14.05.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

1,117

723

394

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

131

71

396

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 07.05.21 & 13.05.21

In the news this week

Procurement Bill announced in Queen’s Speech
Expect changes to the way public procurement is conducted within the UK, is the message we are getting from the Queen.
A green paper on procurement reform closed in March, and while the responses are still being analysed, we can expect the introduction of simplified public procurement processes to be introduced from September 2021.

Government spending with small businesses continues to rise
The UK public sector spent more than £15bn with small and medium sized businesses in 2019/20 – the highest rate seen since records began in 2013.
This news, along with the recent policy changes which allow for SME only opportunities, is a positive sign for smaller businesses looking to enter the market.

Five ways Greater Manchester plans to build a ‘London-style transport network’
The newly re-elected mayor for Greater Manchester has detailed what his second term is going to be focussed on – building a London-style transport network for the city region.
The five points focused on in this article are busses under public control, extended tram networks, EV charge points, investments in cycling and improved accessibility.
With Tenders Direct you can set-up alerts for related opportunities, and filter these to only see results for the areas you operate in.

New plans unveiled to boost recycling
Major shake-up of England’s bin collections to make it easier for millions of households to recycle and reduce costs for taxpayers.
Under proposals unveiled by ministers on Friday 7 May, every household will receive separate, weekly food waste collections from 2023.

Glasgow gets £120m to spend on affordable housing
The Scottish government has allocated £120m to Glasgow City Council for the construction of at least 1,453 new affordable homes.

Swansea council leader details £20m recovery package that will help city ’emerge from the pandemic’
Up to £20 million could be spent over the next two years to improve the look of shops, support start-up businesses, subsidise bus fares and increase bin collections in Swansea.

44,000 trees to be planted as Urban Tree Challenge Fund reopens
Over the next two years, up to £6 million will be available for planting trees, and the provision of their care to ensure they can flourish into the future.

Look out! DASA competition seeks to enhance Royal Navy early warning capabilities
£1.25 million competition for innovations that improve situational awareness for Royal Navy Carrier and Littoral Strike Groups


In this free webinar, we will be taking a broader look across public sector landscape since the start of the year with a focus on how to start developing a pipeline of public opportunities as restrictions ease, and best practice when deciding to bid on public sector opportunities.
During this 45 minute webinar, we will give you the keys to restart your pipeline in for the remainder of 2021 through the following topics:

◆ Summary of main changes to public procurement and what they mean for you as a supplier
◆ How to decide whether public sector is for you, and the best ways to find public contracts in line with your business needs
◆ Tips and proven methods of being prepared for winning public sector work
◆ Free useful resources and contacts for attendees on the day

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Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Cambridge: Decontamination equipment
Short description:  The supply and provision of U V Infection Control Equipment and otherrelated services and/or bespoke solutions described in the tender documents.
Published By: East Of England NHS Collaborative Hub
Date Published: 10 May 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £2,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 10
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 2
Contractors: 3H TECHNOLOGIES | CELLECTA LIMITED | Ecolab Ltd | Genesis Advance | Healthy Indoor Environments Ltd t/a Better Indoors | Inivos Ltd | Kebomed UK Ltd | Nesa Robotics | Syschem Ltd | Xenex Disinfection Services Ltd | Gama Healthcare Ltd | Inivos Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Translation services
Short description: Translation and transcription services for the Ministry of Justice, its executive agencies, its arm’s length bodies and any other government body. 
Published By: Ministry of Justice
Date Published: 11 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £18,160,000.00
Number of tenders received: 6
Contractors: thebigword Group Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Bristol: Cleaning services
Short description: The cleaning of public toilets and associated staff offices and welfare facilities in the South West region.
Published By: Forestry England
Date Published: 13 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £312,892.20
Number of tenders received: 9
Contractors: Cornwall Supplies Cleaning Limited | Cormac Solutions Limited | aAFD Services Ltd | Highmoor Services | Cleaning Technique Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


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For more information about we can help you find and win more work in the public sector, please visit www.tendersdirect.co.uk or call us on 0800 222 9009.

Public Sector Round-Up 07.05.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

936

620

316

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

111

57

402

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 30.04.21 & 06.05.21

In the news this week

Government to publish Levelling Up White Paper
The government will publish a landmark Levelling Up White Paper later this year, articulating how bold new policy interventions will improve opportunity and boost livelihoods across the country as we recover from the pandemic.

UK government to fund £37M into data-driven initiatives
UK health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock has pledged £37 million for genomics projects and for data-driven initiatives delivered through the Genome UK Implementation Plan and the UK Functional Genomics Initiative, which was launched in September 2019.
£20 million of this funding will be invested in initiatives to harness UK health data for life sciences research. This will include investment clinical trials and funding to develop medicines, vaccines and health technologies to support research such as the COVID vaccine trials, and studies supporting the earlier detection of disease.


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Oxford: Computer network services
Short description: To provide superfast broadband infrastructure for businesses operating in rural Oxfordshire which are not planned to be reached by any existing provider’s commercial plans, or under the existing Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme.
Published By: Oxfordshire County Council
Date Published: 03 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £6,313,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 1 (of which were SMEs: 0)
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 1 (of which were SMEs: 0)
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 2 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 2 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: British Telecommunications plc | Airband Community Internet Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Manchester: Laboratory, optical and precision equipments (excl. glasses)
Short description: Equipment provision to facilitate the creation of a UK National Research Facility (NRF) that will be accessible to both academics and industrial users with Manchester as the hub along with a number of spokes.
Published By: The University of Manchester
Date Published: 03 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £4,426,498.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 6
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 1
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 6
Number of tenders received, lot 5: 6
Contractors: FEI UK Ltd | Quantum Design UK and Ireland Ltd | Carl Zeiss Ltd | Diondo, GmbH
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Belfast: Bread products, fresh pastry goods and cakes
Short description: The supply and delivery of provisions including ambient, dairy and bread products.
Published by: The Northern Ireland Prison Service NIPS
Date Published: 05 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £6,419,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 5: 4
Contractors:
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View full notice on Tenders Direct


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Public Sector Round-Up 30.04.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

1,042

685

357

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

122

55

574

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 23.04.21 & 29.04.21

In the news this week

Crown Commercial Service extends G-Cloud 12 to 2022
The G-Cloud 12 framework makes it easier for public buyers to access cloud computing solutions, and had the original end date of 27 September 2021 – which has now been extended for a further 12 months. This extension could allow more tech suppliers to enter the market and be considered for upcoming opportunities.
To start searching for related public contacts, please visit our category search here.

Proactis secures over £2 million worth of contracts
E-procurement specialists Proactis have secured more than £2m worth of contract renewals and new business over the last few months. 

Falkirk Council becomes ‘first’ Scottish local authority to ditch analogue telecare
Falkirk Council has become the ‘first’ local authority in Scotland to go live with a fully digital telecare service – four years before a national deadline that will see traditional analogue services switched off.

Westminster becomes ‘UK’s first’ local authority to install 1k EV charge points
Westminster has set itself at the forefront of the country’s electric vehicle (EV) revolution, with the announcement it has reached the milestone of 1,000 EV charge point installations – with a further 500 to be delivered by the first quarter of next year.
EV charge points are a growing source of opportunities with the public sector, to see what opportunities are available start searching at www.tendersdirect.co.uk

£1.8bn funding to keep schools in top condition
Every school in England will be able to access a share of almost £1.8bn this year to help keep their buildings in the best possible condition. That’s a lot of funding which will result in the creation of countless opportunities for work across England.


Do you know know how buyers evaluate your bids?
In his latest blog ‘What criteria do buyers use to evaluate bids?‘, Andrew Watson looks at how buyers score bids and choose who they will work with.
This is a great article if you would like a better understanding the considerations you should make when bidding for work with the public sector


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Worcester: Security services
Short description: Three contracts for manned guarding and concierge services, one of the contracts also covers key holding and waking watch services.
Published By: Sanctuary Housing Association
Date Published: 23 April 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £41,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 9
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 2
Contractors: Kingdom Security Ltd | G4S SECURE SOLUTIONS (UK) LIMITED
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Glasgow: Construction work for highways, roads
Short description: Various ancillary works in the vicinity of the A9 between Perth and Inverness, in advance of the A9 Dualling Schemes.
Published By: Transport Scotland
Date Published: 26 April 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £10,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 7
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 6
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 2
Contractors: Story Contracting Ltd | I & H Brown Ltd | McGowan Environmental Engineering Ltd | RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd | Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd | Roberston Construction Group Ltd | John Paul Construction | Morrison Construction
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Advertising and marketing services
Short description: Various lots under the marketing framework to enter into call-off agreements to provide services in one or more specified lots as required by Peabody.
Published by: Peabody Trust
Date Published: 26 April 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £6,750,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 64
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 3
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 26
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 18
Number of tenders received, lot 5: 20
Number of tenders received, lot 6: 12
Number of tenders received, lot 7: 25
Number of tenders received, lot 8: 17
Number of tenders received, lot 9: 56
Contractors:
Anatomy Brands Ltd | Aylesworth Fleming Ltd | Bandstand UK Ltd | Bell Integrated Communications Ltd | DS.Emotion Ltd | Four Communications Group | Fresh Lemon Ltd | Full Communications | HTA Design LLP | MakingGiants Ltd | Moyo Creative Ltd | Philosophy Design | Puttock Brown Ltd | Sesame Design Ltd | Strudel London Ltd | Think BDW Ltd | Wordsearch Communications Ltd | Hobs Reprographics | TPA Modelmakers Ltd | Ademchic Ltd | Bureau Workspace Ltd | Captivate Studio Ltd | F10 Studios | Ove Arup and Partners Ltd | River Film Communication Ltd | Service Graphics (a trading division of Paragon Group UK Ltd) | Tidywork Studio | Uniform Communications Ltd | Dapa Inc Ltd | Focus Experiential Ltd | Forward Fold Ltd | Studio Morton Ltd | Suna Interior Design Ltd | The Six Collective | Vesta | Core Media Services UK Ltd | DMA Signs Ltd | Lavastar Signs Ltd | Macro Art | Reade Signs Ltd | Darwin Press Ltd | Digitronix Ltd | Scanplus Ltd | Andrew Hendry Photographer | David Tett Photography Ltd | Full Communications | Tidywork Studio | Dynomite Productions Ltd | In The Dark Productions Ltd | JonesMillbank | Pinzutu FIlms
View full notice on Tenders Direct


This course is perfect for individuals who are comfortable with the tendering process but are looking to understand how to maximise their scores on social value answers in tendering.

Social value answers in tenders are increasingly being allocated higher weightings, and this course will help you improve your answers by helping you achieve the following:

◆ Understand what buying authorities mean by ‘social value’
◆ Learn why social value is included in tenders
◆ Understand how to measure and deliver social value
◆ Understand the different ways in which social value can be assessed in tenders
◆ Understand how to best answer social value questions

Thursday 24 June | 13:00 – 16:30 | Full course details


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