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: £41,000,000.00
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:
Withheld for Security Reasons
View full notice on Tenders Direct



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Tenders Direct is the UK’s most accurate tender alert service. We are the only service to guarantee that with us – you’ll never miss a tender.

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 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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Tenders Direct is the UK’s most accurate tender alert service. We are the only service to guarantee that with us – you’ll never miss a tender.

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.

What criteria do buyers use to evaluate bids?

When you’re considering whether to bid for a piece of work in the public sector there are many considerations to be made. One of the most critical questions you have to answer is:

How will the buyer be evaluating the bids and choosing who to work with? 

If you’ve a good understanding of the competitive landscape and where you stand within it, this question could be the difference between deciding to bid or not. 

Within the public sector, any published tender you look at will have clearly defined criteria against which the buyer will be assessing responses. 

For the most basic level of consideration, your submission will be checked to make sure you have provided all requested information – provision of accounts, proof of insurance, all questions answered. This qualification section of the response usually results in companies being passed or failed (as opposed to being scored). It’s only after passing this stage that your proposal will actually be assessed and scored.  


The Scoring Stage

The scoring stage focuses on two components to evaluate your bids – Commercial (pricing) and Quality (which will often include Social Value). The importance of each component will be stated in the documents and varies from tender to tender – one submission could be 80% price, 20% quality whereas another could be 80% quality, 20% price. Your score for each component will be combined to provide your overall score, which will be compared against the other submissions. 

From this scoring, one or more bidders will be successful in either securing the work or gaining access to framework. 


How the pricing in your bid is evaluated 

There are different ways for price scoring to be calculated, and it will always be clearly stated in the document pack which method the buyer will be using. 

By far the most common way is for the prices of the bidders to be compared against each other and for the lowest overall price to be awarded the full allocation of marks.  The other bidders will be awarded marks in proportion to their price versus the lowest price.

Company 1 Company 2 Company 3 
Bid value £100,000  £116,279 £122,448 
Score 60% 52% 49% 
Calculation N/A (£100,000/£116,279)  
x 60% = 52% 
(£100,000/£122,448)  
x 60% = 49% 
Example: Commercial is worth 60% of tender 
In this example, the company with the lowest price will be awarded the highest score (60%) and the scores of the other companies will be a proportion of this. 

It’s worth noting that often there will be maximum price set by the buying authority and any bids that are over this won’t be considered. For some projects the authority has a pretty good idea on where costs should be and the maximum price will be set quite keenly. 


How the quality of your bid is evaluated 

Unlike price, quality is usually evaluated in absolute terms, meaning that each submission is assessed independently of the others. 

For quality, there will be number of questions each with its own weighting to reflect the importance of that answer.  

QuestionWeightingPossible
Scoring
Company
Score
% Score
120%0-555/5 x 20% = 20% 
220% 0-5 44/5 x 20% = 16% 
320% 0-5 33/5 x 20% = 12% 
420% 0-5 33/5 x 20% = 12% 
520% 0-5 55/5 x 20% = 20% 
Total20/2580%
Weighted Total80% x 40% = 32%
Example: Overall quality is worth 40% of tender 
For each question you can be awarded a score of anywhere between 0-5, based on the quality of each answer and there are five questions in total.

How the overall score for your bid is calculated 

Once your price and quality score have been calculated they will be combined and the bidder(s) with the highest overall score will be the winner(s). 

Company 1 Company 2 Company 3
Commercial (Price) Score 60%52%49%
Quality Score 22%32%32%
Total 82%84%81%
Example: Total Scores 
In this example we tally the scores of our three companies. We can see that even though Company 1 has the best price, they were let down by the quality of their answers. The quality of the answers from Company 3 was on par with Company 2, however their pricing cost them the contract.  

What should I look out for when writing bids? 

From the tender documents provided, it should always be clear how the submissions will be assessed. You should always expect to see:
 
◆ Price weighting and criteria 
◆ Quality weighting and criteria 
◆ Number of suppliers that will be awarded 

From the first stages of planning you need to consider each of these factors – making sure the opportunity is viable, and that your approach to the bid reflects how it will be scored:   

◆ If the bid is very heavily weighted towards quality how much sense would it be to focus on a very low cost, low quality solution? 
◆ Can you meet the buyer’s criteria for an acceptable price? 
◆ Do you have quality advantages over your competitors that you can evidence for a tender that is heavily weighted towards quality? 


Bid writing support and training   

We have a range of other articles and resources which may be useful for helping you with your tender writing needs. You can find details of these below.
 
If you would like would like to have structured learning to develop your skills, we offer online training courses split over two half-days. We have courses for beginners as well as more advanced courses for experienced bidders. If you have already started a proposal for tender and are in need of support, we do also have consultants who can offer a wide range of support to help you get you bid in on time.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me directly or visit our Consultancy Services page. 
 
Andrew Watson 
Bid Consultancy and Training Manager 
Tel: 07384 818 704  
E-mail: andrew.watson@proactis.com  


The Tender Writing Process
A 9 step tender writing process detailing the most efficient way of planning your proposals.

Q: What are my chances
of winning a tender?
A lot of people have doubts about their chances of winning, and here we explore this is a very common question.  

Essential Bid Writing Skills
Details of the essential skills every
Bid Writer should have. 

Access our free 
on-demand webinars 
A library of our past webinar recording covering a wide range of topics for bid writers of all levels. 


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Tenders Direct is the UK’s most accurate tender alert service. We are the only service to guarantee that with us – you’ll never miss a tender.

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 23.04.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

936

620

316

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

115

72

655
Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 16.04.21 & 23.04.21

In the news this week

Bid launched for £55m Highland transport investment
A bid for £55m worth of transport infrastructure in the highlands, has been submitted to Transport Scotland from a partnership made up of the Highland Council, bus operators and other stakeholders. The aim of the bid is to prioritise buses in congested parts of the network, making public transport more appealing and contributing to reducing the region’s carbon emissions. 
The proposal includes plans for park and ride sites around Inverness and Fort William, priority bus lanes and junctions, and mini park and ride sites across the strategic road network.
You can you use our location filters in your tender searches to filter results by region, and find the most relevant notices for you.

Moray Council roads budget in line for £3m boost
A budget worth £8.5 million has been agreed for the region’s roads network in 2021/22 – a £3 million increase from the previous year’s budget. Full carriageway resurfacing forms part of the budget, with drainage and street lighting also included.

Flood defences to be improved as part of £6m funding
Natural flood defences will be implemented in Harrow over a six-year period, and will also include works to improve public spaces and benefit the local environment. The proposed projects include:
◆ Stanmore Country Park – Flood storage area
◆ Bentley Priory – Flood storage area
◆ Temple Pond (Stanmore) – Increased pond volume/storage
◆ Chandos Park – Flood storage and wetlands area
◆ Edgware brook – River restoration
◆ Sustainable Drainage Solutions (SuDS) at various designated Critical Drainage Area


Our course dates for next month are:
◆ An introduction to Public Procurement and Bid Writing, 4-5 May
◆ Writing Compelling Bids, 11-12 May
◆ Advanced Bid Writing Skills, 18-19 May

These CPD accredited online courses will equip you or your team with the skills needed to create engaging proposals and win more work with the public sector.


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Bangor: Printed books, brochures and leaflets
Short description: The provision of printing services to deliver 48 sheet billboards, Adshel 6 Sheet and Solus Rears; Pull up Stands and A1 posters on paper, corrugated plastic and PVC foam board; PVC Bannering.
Published By: Ards and North Down Borough Council
Date Published: 19 April 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £831,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: G P S COLOUR GRAPHICS LTD
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Wakefield: Repair and maintenance services of wheelchairs
Short description: A wheelchair repair and maintenance contract for Service Users registered with the CCG, General Practitioners and specific locations governed by this contract.
Published By: Wakefield Council
Date Published: 19 April 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,440,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3 (of which were SMEs: 2)
Contractors: Ross Auto Engineering Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Birmingham: Demolition services of vehicles
Short description: Implement and manage a vehicle scrappage concession scheme to supply compliant vehicles to eligible grant recipients who meet the requirements of the worker vehicle scrappage scheme, and to dispose of their non-compliant vehicles.
Published by: Birmingham City Council
Date Published: 19 April 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £17,500,000.00
Number of tenders received: 2 (Of which are SMEs: 1)
Contractors:
Motorpoint Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


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

Wednesday 19 May | 13:00 – 13:45 | Register for free


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Tenders Direct is the UK’s most accurate tender alert service. We are the only service to guarantee that with us – you’ll never miss a tender.

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 16.04.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

952

619

333

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

123

54

571
Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 09.04.21 & 15.04.21

In the news this week

Nine in ten prescriptions now fulfilled electronically
89% of NHS prescriptions are now fulfilled via the Electronic Prescription Service. This is a 29% increase in the number of electronic prescriptions since 2019.
The government is committed to transforming and upgrading the NHS through digital solutions – with significant funding allocated to AI, record digitisation, e-scheduling and many other solutions. To keep up to date with all NHS tech tenders, set-up alerts with Tenders Direct.

Proposed cycling and walking routes to be delivered alongside the Putney Road link road scheme
£2.9m cycling and pedestrian facilities are planned to be delivered at the same time as a new £5m link road to connect Putney Road West to Aylestone Road in Leicester City. The active travel facilities will be introduced as part of the city’s Connecting Leicester programme, and are hoped to be introduced alongside the roadworks to avoid future disruption.
Active travel networks are incredibly popular right now, and you can discover similar opportunities in your area by using our location filters.

Potholed road to Penistone tip will get overdue repair as part of £15m spend
More than £2m of the cash will be used to fix potholes and resurface roads, £1m will be used to tackle pollution, road safety and congestion, and £1.7m will be spent on replacing 1,000 street lights.

Dover District Council secures £3.2 million funding to connect high street and waterfront
A creative space will be created in the thoroughfare between the waterfront and town centre, forming part of a mixed-use development that will also include seven residential units.


We have a new training course

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


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Walthamstow: Repair and maintenance services
Short description: Conservation, ecology and education activities for the Walthamstow Wetlands (WW) project – as well as overall management of visitor engagement and management of leased premises on site.
Published By: London Borough of Waltham Forest
Date Published: 15 April 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £2,853,489.00
Number of tenders received: 2 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: London Wildlife Trust
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Construction work
Short description: The Project comprises the demolition of the existing YMCA building and site clearance and remediation followed by the design and construction of a new mixed use 8-storey YMCA development.
Published By: Martin Arnold Ltd. (Acting on behalf of YMCA St Paul’s Group)
Date Published: 15 April 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £16,728,066.69
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: Neilcott Construction Limited
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Lincoln: Construction work
Short description: Provision of Superfast broadband to areas of Lincolnshire not currently served with Superfast Broadband
Published by: Lincolnshire County Council
Date Published: 12 April 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £3,085,000.00
Number of tenders received: 1 (Of which are SMEs: 1)
Contractors:
Quickline Communications 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 Q&A session in the webinar.

Our 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

Wednesday 26 May | 13:00 – 13:45 | Register for free


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Tenders Direct is the UK’s most accurate tender alert service. We are the only service to guarantee that with us – you’ll never miss a tender.

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 26.02.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

916

729

187

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

90

26

385

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 19.02.21 & 25.02.21

In the news this week

£15 million for education technology in Welsh schools next year
The Welsh Government has announced that it will invest a further £15m towards providing educational technology for schools in the next financial year. The funding is a continuation of the Hwb EdTech programme, which has seen over £92m of investment over the last two years.
So far, the Hwb EdTech programme has seen:  
◆ The provision of 128,000 devices since the start of the pandemic, with 54,000 to be delivered in the coming weeks
◆ 10,000 re-purposed devices issued to ‘digitally excluded’ learners
◆ 10,848 MiFi devices for learners without internet access at home
◆ 300,000 digital infrastructure products, including cabling, switches and WiFi devices

Council approves spending £1.7million on new cycling route through Ancoats
Manchester Council plans for a new £1.7m city centre cycling route have been approved. The plans for a cycle route were not included in the original £9.1m upgrade of Great Ancoats Street, which is in the final stages of completion. A £2.3m pedestrianisation plan was also signed off for the Northern Quarter of Manchester, which will see temporary street closures made permanent with new footpaths built in.
In total the projects will have created over £13m worth of opportunities, and is part of the culture change across the UK to provide spaces with greater social distancing and to encourage more active transport.


Take your bid writing skills to the next level with our Advanced Bid Writing Skills online training course.

In this CPD accredited course, you will learn how to:
◆ Construct a robust bank of evidence
◆ Formulate a detailed storyboard of your bid
◆ Examine ways to effectively improve tender responses
◆ Effectively review and edit tender responses

We have availability on the following dates:
◆ 23 – 24 March, 13:00 – 16:30
◆ 20 – 21 April, 13:00 – 16:30

View full course details and book your place: https://www.tendersdirect.co.uk/b/advanced-bid-writing


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Birmingham: Repair and maintenance services
Short description: Servicing and repairs of automated doors, gates and barriers across all Housing 21 courts in England – consisting of 581 assets across 179 locations.
Published By: Housing 21
Date Published: 23 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £3,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 9 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: Houlder Ltd | ABCA Systems Ltd | Multi Glazing Systems
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cleaning and sanitation services
Short description: Requirement for suitably qualified contractors to provide the water management services to sheltered housing schemes where communal water systems exist across.
Published By: Home Group
Date Published: 23 February 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £1,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 8 (of which were SMEs: 5)
Contractors: H2O Nationwide Ltd | Total Environmental Compliance Limited | Integrated Water Services Ltd |
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Southampton: Digital mapping services
Short description: Provision of geospatial data services including maintenance and manipulation mapping data.
Published by: Ordnance Survey
Date Published: 23 February 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £30,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 10 (of which were SMEs: 2)
Contractors:
Cyient Europe Limited | Landmark Information Group Limited | IIC Technologies Limited
View full notice on Tenders Direct


Bringing an experienced Bid Writer in to help form your response can provide you with the winning edge. However, when considering using a consultant, we advise you fully assess the resources available to you to first identify what skills you’re missing. We’ve seen businesses enquire about support which they had internal resource for, and others who started bids blindly only to encounter issues down the line.

In our upcoming free webinar we’ll help you make informed decisions when deciding whether or not you require the support of an external Bid Writer.

Our webinar will be held on Wednesday, 23 March 2021, 1.00-1.45pm, and will cover the following topics:
◆ How to assess your resources, identifying strengths and weaknesses
◆ When to consider using a bid writer
◆ The pros and cons of both options
◆ Getting the most from a consultant

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Public Sector Round-Up 19.02.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

920

832

88

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

106

16

299

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 05.02.21 & 11.02.21

In the news this week

Government to bring an end to unsafe cladding with multi-billion pound intervention
The government has announced that it is committing £3.5bn to pay for the removal of unsafe cladding on residential buildings 18 metres (6 storeys) and over in England.
The government also plans to reduce the need for EWS1 forms, introduce a ‘Gateway 2’ developer levy, and start a new tax for the UK residential property development sector – to raise at least £2 billion over the next decade to help cover cladding remediation costs.

Record year for UK’s £8.9bn cyber security sector
A new government report shows that the UK’s growing cyber industry attracted record investment last year, despite the global pandemic.
◆ almost 50,000 people are now employed in UK cyber security
◆ Number of active cyber security firms in the UK increased 21 per cent on last year
◆ Sector contributed more than £4bn to the economy, attracting £800m of investment
◆ The industry continues to provided vital technical support to the NHS in the fight against coronavirus

With Covid-19 forcing organisations to adjust and adapt to new ways of working, there has been a significant demand for cyber security, and wider tech solutions. Looking at the number live notices for the industry, there are many opportunities available for IT businesses within the public sector. You can use our category searches to view all available IT Security Tenders or use this link to see every IT Related Tender.


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Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Aberdeen: Technical support services
Short description: Contract to develop a tendering technical specification and associated plans for the procurement of a new vessel in the near future.
Published By: Scottish Government
Date Published: 12 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £740,842.00
Number of tenders received: 13 (of which were SMEs: 9)
Contractors: Houlder Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Southend-on-Sea: Industrial machinery
Short description: a contract for the design, supply, installation and maintenance of cremator equipment to be placed in Southend Crematorium.
Published By: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Date Published: 12 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £2,200,000.00
Number of tenders received: 1
Contractors: Facultatieve Technologies Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Belfast: Investigation and security
Short description: a framework arrangement for the provision of a range of security services. 
Published by: NIE Networks Ltd
Date Published: 16 February 2021
Framework/DPS: yes
Value excluding VAT: £3,314,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 1
Number of tenders received, lot 2:
5
Number of tenders received, lot 3:
1
Contractors: RE:SURE Intelligence Ltd | Electronic and Security Services Ltd | BIDVEST Noonan (UK) Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


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Public Sector Round-Up 12.02.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

1,091

744

347

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

106

64

518

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 05.02.21 & 11.02.21

In the news this week

New £10 million fund to drive private sector investment in nature
A new environment improvement fund will create numerous opportunities for businesses, by allowing them to seek grants of up to £100,000 or bid for contracts to help local authorities implement their own environmentally friendly projects.
The Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund aims to encourage a range of nature projects across England, with the intent of developing them to a point where they can attract private investment. The aim is to create a pipeline of projects for the private sector to invest in, and develop new funding models that can be replicated elsewhere.

Wales commits to net zero by 2050, but sets out ambitions to get there sooner
The Welsh Government has set out its legal commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, but is pushing to make significant improvements by 2030.
Their plan focuses on achieving cleaner air, ending harmful agricultural pollution, moving from fossil fuel extraction and towards green energy, as well as working towards a net zero public sector in Wales by 2030 and making Wales a zero waste nation.
We have seen a lot of projects already in other parts of the UK which aim to reduce environmental impact by replacing windows, improving insulation, adding solar panels and other improvements to cut public sector emissions. With wales making a significant effort for the entire public sector, there will be numerous contract opportunities created as a result.
Our tender search filters allow you to adjust results by region, and by industry. Start searching for opportunities today: www.tendersdirect.co.uk

Voi launches long term scooter rental in West of England
The West of England Combined Authority will be the first place in the UK to offer long-term e-scooter rental, with residents able to keep a Voi vehicle at home for months at a time.
E-scooters are getting a lot of attention as greener and socially distanced forms of transport. The WECA started their e-scooters trials last year, but other regions are looking to run similar projects. This week alone both Rochdale and Colchester provided updates on their own e-scooter trials.



Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Preston: Security services
Short description: Manned security service across several business parks to protect the properties on site and prevent unauthorised access to the premises.
Published By: Lancashire County Developments (Property) Ltd
Date Published: 10 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £932,755.20
Number of tenders received: 17
Contractors: FGH Security LtdFGH Security Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Cargo handling and storage services
Short description: a multi-supplier framework for the packing and transport of fine art, objects, storage of works, entire exhibitions and exhibition fixtures and fittings.
Published By: The Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London
Date Published: 10 February 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: €3,800,000.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: MTEC Momart Crown Martinspeed | Constantine
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Weston-Super-Mare: Construction work for highways, roads
Short description: Replacement road over rail bridge at Winterstoke Road, Weston-super-Mare
Published by: North Somerset Council
Date Published: 10 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £6,440,664.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: John Graham Construction Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


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Public Sector Round-Up 05.02.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

1072

734

338

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

98

62

440

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 29.01.21 & 04.02.21

In the news this week

£33 billion investment in Scotland’s future
Significant capital investment in healthcare, education, transport and the environment within Scotland for the next five years has been set out. The funding will support 45,000 jobs with the creation of new healthcare facilities, schools and local facilities across Scotland.

◆ £110 million for digital public services transformation
◆ £50 million for Active Freeways
◆ £60 million for climate adaptation of the trunk road network
◆ £2 billion for education and learning facilities
◆ £600 million to strengthen connectivity across Scotland
◆ £1.5 billion towards transport
◆ £2.3 billion for healthcare

You can adjust your search filters on Tenders Direct to show results for any of the industries listed above, and even choose which region you would like to see results for. Try it for yourself at www.tendersdirect.co.uk

Councils urged to bid for extended electric vehicle chargepoints funding
Local authorities are being urged to apply for a share of £20m funding to increase the number of on-street electric vehicle chargepoints.
The On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) will cover 75% of the capital costs of procurement and installation, and is hoped to lead to 4,000 more chargepoints – doubling the number available across the UK.
Use our Electric Vehicle and Charging Equipment category to keep an eye out for related opportunities.


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Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Catford: Surveillance and security systems and devices
Short description: Contract to design, supply, install and commission equipment to replace the existing central control room equipment, network and digital recording system and public space analogue cameras and wireless transmission equipment.
Published By: London Borough of Lewisham
Date Published: 04 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £984,876.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: EUROVIA INFRASTRUCTURE LTD
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Tunnel operation services
Short description: Maintenance and Management Contract for TfL Road Tunnels and Pumping Stations
Published By: Transport for London
Date Published: 02 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £200,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 4
Contractors: Kier Highways Limited
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Fire-prevention services
Short description: Provision of fire safety/waking watch services.
Published by: London Borough of Waltham Forest
Date Published: 01 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £3,600,000.00
Number of tenders received: 16 (of which were SMEs: 16)
Contractors: MPD FM Ltd
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Public Sector Round-Up 29.01.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

971

629

342

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

123

61

457

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 22.01.21 & 28.01.21

In the news this week

This week’s news articles are all focused on taking actions to combat climate change, and significantly reducing emissions by 2030.

Council secures £15m to combat Climate Change in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire County Council will use this funding to deliver several sustainability led projects at a number locations including school buildings, fire stations, libraries and offices. The money will go towards projects including:

◆ an air source heat pump at County Hall
◆ an air handling unit upgrade at Farnham House
◆ mass installation of solar panels at 23 fire stations
◆ energy efficient boiler systems at various schools
◆ improving building insulation

You can find contract opportunities in Hertfordshire, and other UK locations, by using our Tender Search and location filters.

West Berkshire Council announces plans for £10m solar farm
The plan would see more than 45,000 solar panels installed over 75 acres of council-owned land near Grazeley. According to feasibility studies, the solar farm would offset around 30% of the council’s carbon footprint.
Funding for the project will be included in the capital strategy and submitted for council approval on 2 March 2021.

£26.9m investment in carbon savings for County Council buildings and local schools
The green light has been given to projects which will improve the energy efficiency of local schools and council buildings.

◆£6.7 million for the installation of solar panels
◆£20.2 million window replacement programme

Around 370 Hampshire schools and several council buildings are expected to benefit from this funding.


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Top high value contract award notices

Title: UK-Stoke-on-Trent: Health and social work services
Short description: Contract to co-ordinate a single integrated All Age Carer Support Service with a single point of access for adult and young carers from age 5 across Stoke-on-Trent
Published By: Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Date Published: 22 January 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,460,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: North Staffs Carers Association
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Stratford: Hot-water boilers
Short description: Framework for the provision of Boilers for London and Quadrant’s self delivered new build projects.
Published By: Torbay Council
Date Published: 26 January 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £1,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 2
Contractors: Baxi Heating UK Ltd | Ideal Boilers Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Leicester: Food, beverages, tobacco and related products
Short description: Framework for the supply of frozen ready meal solutions that shall include complete single portion main meals and desserts and multi-portion meal components, including main and side dishes, desserts and sweet and savoury sauces.
Published by: ESPO
Date Published: 28 January 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £20,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 9 (of which were SMEs: 4)
Contractors: apetito Ltd | BFS Group Limited T/A Bidfood | County Enterprise Foods part of Nottinghamshire County Council | I Care (GB) Ltd | NH Case Ltd
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