Public Sector Round-Up 22.01.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

986

674

312

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

93

51

468

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 15.01.21 & 21.01.21

In the news this week

£7.5 million to digitally schedule shifts and save NHS staff time
The funding is part of a £26 million national fund to have all NHS doctors, nurses and other clinical staff on e-rostering systems by 2021. The £7.5m will be used to support digital shift scheduling across 38 NHS trusts, which will allow staff to spend more time with patients.
This is a useful article as it provides a breakdown of this spend per trust, highlighting how much has been spent for each project. To access all NHS and other public sector tech tenders, use our Search Categories to find the most relevant opportunities for your business.

Transport for London gets the go-ahead for 852 new homes in Acton
Half of these new homes will be affordable, as part of Mayor Sadiq’s strategy to provide genuinely affordable homes with excellent transport links. 9 new buildings will create these homes, and offer a mix of one, two and three-bedroom properties.
The site for this project also includes more than 2,300 sqm of commercial and retail space.
The proposals form part of a wider housing programme, which aims to provide more than 10,000 homes across the capital. Permission has been granted for 6,650 homes already, with approval for a further 1,250 homes pending, and more housing applications to be submitted this year. This means TfL will be creating significant opportunities for contractors as part of their overall strategy. Ensure you never miss a tender with Tenders Direct.


Our guarantee to you


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Bristol: Restaurant and food-serving services
Short description: Contract for the operation of the food and beverage concession outlets at Westonbirt Arboretum, namely the Restaurant and Kiosk.
Published by: Forestry England
Date Published: 15 January 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £10,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 12 (of which were SMEs: 9)
Contractors: Fosters Rooms Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: UK-Hamilton: Ponfeigh Bridge Replacement
Short description: South Lanarkshire Council’s Roads and Transportation Service has identified a requirement for the construction of a 36 metre single span proprietary steel bridge at Douglas Water, Lanark.
Published By: South Lanarkshire Council
Date Published: 19 January 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,710,522.02
Number of tenders received: 3 (of which were SMEs: 3)
Contractors: I & H Brown Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Torquay: Repair and maintenance services
Short description: Contract to service mechanical plant and equipment for Torbay Council assets, TDA assets and for external TDA clients who have signed up to a Service Level Agreement and may have assets across the South West region, from Cornwall to Wiltshire.
Published By: Torbay Council
Date Published: 21 January 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,600,000.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: WEMCO Limited
View full notice on Tenders Direct


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Public Sector Round-Up 15.01.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

974

638

336

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

110

44

470

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
OJEU
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 08.01.21 & 14.01.21

In the news this week

Highways England urges local businesses to play a part in A30 Cornwall upgrade
Highways England is urging companies in and around Cornwall to play a part in the £330 million pound upgrade of the A30 between Chiverton and Carland Cross.
As construction activity increases, so will opportunities for the contractors and supply chain. The types of services and people required will include plant, fencing, track matting, catering, cleaning, accommodation and hospitality.
To find associated tenders and other relevant opportunities, you can use our Tender Search Tool to filter notices by industry and region.

Highways England funding resolves cycleway’s missing link
Highways England is investing £630,000 into the A36 Southampton Road in Salisbury, reducing the need for detours, dismounting and cycling within the carriageway. This is one of the many schemes made possible through the £169 million Users and Communities fund – which will improve routes for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders over the next 5 years.

Other ongoing projects include:
◆ £17 million of funding invested to enable Cornwall Council to deliver four major cycle routes alongside the busy A30;
◆ £1.2 million towards a cycle path upgrade and £1m towards the design of several other cycle routes around the Avonmouth area of Bristol;
◆ £675,000 towards improved cycle and footpaths and upgraded crossings on both the A35 and Sea Road South around Bridport.

Home building stats show sector is bouncing back
Support for the construction industry has resulted in an increase in the number of completed homes within the UK.
Official statistics show that 35,710 homes were started between July and September 2020 – a 111% increase on the previous quarter – while, 45,000 homes were completed in the same period, show a 185% increase.
To view related contracts for existing and future projects, please view our Tender Category Search.


Brexit has concluded – what’s changed?

With Brexit over and the UK no longer in the EU, some new changes have been made to public procurement.
To keep you informed of what has changed, we have an upcoming webinar as well as several posts you may find useful.

Free webinar: Tendering after Brexit – What is Find a Tender Service?
Brexit and Public Procurement
Low value tenders post Brexit – improved opportunities for SMEs
What is Find a Tender?


December Round-up and Observations from 2020

5,129 notices were published in December 2020, an incredibly positive number, breaking the trend of less opportunities being published in the run up to New Year. It’s an incredibly reassuring sign also considering factoring the impact of Brexit and Covid-19.
In our most recent post we look at the notices published in December 2020, find out what observations our Specialists made in 2020 that could have an impact on procurement in 2021.


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Sunderland: Construction work
Short description: A framework for minor building works mainly consisting of building refurbishments.
Published By: University of Sunderland
Date Published: 13 January 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £36,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 16 (of which were SMEs: 13)
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 18 (of which were SMEs: 12)
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 16 (of which were SMEs: 11)
Contractors: Birch Tree Northern Ltd | T. Manners and Sons Ltd | LIVECO Ltd T/A VEST Construction | Brims Construction Ltd | Esh Construction Ltd | Interserve Construction Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Truro: Solar photovoltaic modules
Short description: Framework for the supply and installation of solar panels across five lots with an additional lot for a consultant to carry out post installation checks. Panels to be installed in line with the IET code of practice for grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems.
Published By: Cornwall Council
Date Published: 14 January 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £40,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 10
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 13
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 11
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 12
Number of tenders received, lot 5: 11
Contractors: Cleanearth Energy | Sungift Solar | ZLC Energy | Natural Generation |
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Medical consumables
Short description: Non Sterile AGP Disposable Gowns
Published by: NHS National Services Scotland
Date Published: 14 January 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,660,210.00
Number of tenders received: 2
Contractors: Redwood TTM | Ilasco Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


Details of a free webinar about Brexit and Find a Tender. 20 January, 1pm to 1.45pm

For further discussions around Find a Tender, and what tendering after Brexit will be like.
Register for our free webinar, 20 January 2021, 1:00-1:45pm.

In the session we will cover:
◆ Procurement after Brexit, and the new Find a Tender Service
◆ What it means for public sector organisations and private companies
◆ What will happen with above threshold procurement (OJEU)
◆ How to best prepare and gear up for a successful 2021


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December Round-up and Observations from 2020

5,129

3,438

1,691

Total UK & ROI
Tenders
Low-Value
Tenders
OJEU
Tenders

688

277

1,692

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
OJEU
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK & ROI between 01.12.20 & 31.12.20

December 2020

5,129 notices published in the last month of the year is incredibly positive. With workplaces slowing down for seasonal time off work, the last few weeks of the year normally see significantly less notices getting published. Below we can see the December totals for the last 5 years, and it is clear that December 2020 broke this trend. 

What is interesting about these stats is the high number of low value notices. OJEU notices could have been a result of obligations created by EU funding, but a significant number of low value contracts is unexpected, and means we start 2021 with plenty of opportunities SMEs can bid for.

As of 15 January 2020 there are over 5,300 live tenders across the UK and ROI, a great start to 2021 and a clear sign of the significant effort being made by the public sector to recover from the impact of the pandemic.


Our Specialists’ Observations from 2020

Tenders Direct offers a unique service where all of the tenders on our site have been individually sourced and classified by our team of Specialists. This Peer Review Process allows us to provide you with full coverage of every single UK and ROI tender, as well as applicable high value notices from the OJEU.

With Brexit and Covid-19 causing much speculation around their impact on public procurement, we caught up Carol, our Head Classification Specialist, to gain some insight into any trends she may have observed in 2020.

The amount of tenders published by the OJEU and various other sites slowed down greatly for a couple of months due to COVID and the start of offices working from home which was very worrying for us.
Suddenly this pattern changed and the number of tenders published rapidly increased day by day and the numbers we are sending out to our customers is now greater than pre-Covid which is amazing.

Some observations worth mentioning are:
◆ Some tenders which were published pre-Covid have since been cancelled and republished again to allow the maximum time for everyone to prepare their bids.
◆ There have been a significant number of tenders published that are specifically Covid related e.g. masks, PPE, disinfectants, call centre services, testing services etc.
◆ There has been a significant increase in tenders for business consultants/economists to help companies through the crisis and assist them in the future.

So despite Covid and Brexit, the number of tenders being published continues to be high and the trend is certainly upwards, so hopefully 2021 will be a very positive year.

Carol Davidson, Head Classification Specialist

Find opportunities you can bid for

With so many opportunities for work available right now, you’ll want to know how many of them are relevant to you.

Market Overview

Our Market Overviews are free, and are incredibly useful for anyone considering bidding for public contracts.
We can supply you with the number of tender opportunities published for your industry, the search categories we recommend using, and links to all the contracts published in the last year.
This information can be used to better understand what the public sector is looking for, and help you plan how public contracts fit into your overall business strategy.
Request your free Market Overview by by clicking this link.


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.

Essential Bid Writing Skills

What makes an effective bid writer?


What makes an effective bid writer?

No matter what size of business you operate, Bid Writers play a vital role in determining whether or not you will win new work. They are responsible for understanding how the business works, and interpreting your value to best suit the needs buyers.  

Tender writing is challenging and requires more than just being able to write. Effective bid writers must have the following skills: 

Communication 
Effective communication is a must. You will be preparing pages of content to not only inform potential clients, but also compel them to do business with you. Bids need to really sell your business and express why doing business with you is the right choice.   
 
Attention to detail 
One of the main causes of negative feedback from buyers is not answering the questions correctly. Bid writers must be able to fully understand what is being asked of them, and then ensure that everything the buyer has asked for and needs, is covered clearly within their proposal.   
 
Time-Management 
Bids cannot be rushed. The above skill of paying attention to detail cannot be fully utilised if the time constraints are unrealistic. Bid writers have to be able to effectively plan their work, allowing themselves the time to produce the highest quality bids.  
 
Strategic Thinking 
Another common complaint from buyers is the significant number of poor-quality proposals they have to read. Diving into a bid and answering questions as they appear is not a great strategy. As well as paying attention to the details, effective bid writers have to plan how they prepare their response based on the agreed bid strategy created beforehand. Without this ability, you can find yourself half-way through an answer, and realise what you’ve written isn’t coherently capturing the value your solutions bring to the buyer 


Bid writing training 

Effective bid writing is a skill that you can develop over many years. Each success and failure will give you a deeper understanding of the types of tenders you can go for, as well as identifying what buyers are looking for. With public tenders, buyers will issue feedback and this is incredibly useful for identifying your strengths and weaknesses. 

The problem with this method is time and investment. With no guarantee of success, a lot of resources will be utilised to gain the experience needed to become a competent bid writer. You can however accelerate this by learning from experts, considering their advice and using their methods. 

We offer a wide range of bid writing courses to help you flourish, no matter what your level is. We have beginner courses designed to hone your skills and help you get started, and can then offer more advanced courses to refine your skills further. We also have a range of free on-demand webinars, which are incredible valuable resources to anyone wishing to develop their bid writing abilities. 

For everything else, we can offer bespoke training and development services. Our consultants can work with you manage bids from start to finish, review your proposals before submission, or even write the proposals for you – showing you exactly how we would bid for work.
  


Training Courses 
View our beginner, intermediate and advanced training courses here. 

Webinars 
View our range of free upcoming and
on-demand webinars.

Consultancy 
View our bespoke service to support you with any of your tendering requirements. 

Get in touch 
Tell us what you would like to achieve, and we would be happy to discuss options with you. 

What is Find a Tender?

Since 1 January 2021, high value (above threshold) tenders in the UK have been published via the Government’s e-procurement portal, Find a Tender service(FTS). 
 
FTS is the public portal for all high value notices published in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The portal is used by public buyers to advertise contracts, and by suppliers to access these opportunities.


What are high value notices? 

High value notices make up around 34% of all contract opportunities in the UK, with lower value notices making the other 66%. The thresholds which determine if contracts are higher or lower value change biennially, and vary in value for goods, works and services. Details of current thresholds can be found here
 
Prior to 1 January 2021, high-value notices were published to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). With the conclusion of Brexit, high-value notices from the UK are no longer advertised on the OJEU. UK business can, however, still bid for applicable high value EU contracts. Further details on the changes introduced with Brexit can be found here. 


What is the best way to search for tenders?

Find a Tender is a portal just for high value UK notices, meaning you cannot use it to access lower value tenders, notices of any value from the ROI, or high value EU notices. For full coverage of high and low value notices across the UK and ROI, as well as applicable OJEU notices – you need Tenders Direct. 
 
Tenders Direct is the UK’s most accurate tender alert service. With our unique Peer Review Process and tailored business profiles, we can guarantee you regular, timely and relevant business opportunities. 


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.

How do I find government contracts?


The public sector is made up of numerous organisations run by the government – this includes local councils, emergency services, armed forces and the NHS. Each of these organisations relies on the private sector to supply them with a wide range of goods, works and services, and on average spends over £290 billion on procurement each year.

To ensure there is a competitive marketplace, contracts must be published publicly, and be accessible to any supplier. This means whenever a public body has a procurement need, they have to advertise the contract online using any of the numerous publishing platforms (also known as advertising portals) available to them – details of these can be found at the end of this post.


The Problem with Finding Tenders

You could try and search for notices yourself using the websites above, but due to the sheer number of sources, especially for low-value notices, it would take a significant amount of effort to find suitable notices.

Even if you did find notices this way, they might not actually be as relevant as you had hoped. This is because of CPV codes. There is a CPV (Common Procurement Vocabulary) code for every product or service, and while buyers should use them to let suppliers know what they are looking for, many notices are coded incorrectly. This means they won’t appear in searches and you could miss out on these opportunities.

However, Tenders Direct allows you to avoid these issues by sourcing and reviewing every UK and ROI notice, then making them available to you in one accurate and easy to search database.


Tenders Direct – How does it work? 

We are able to provide full coverage of every tender published in the UK and ROI thanks to our team of Sourcing Specialists, who scour every source to find every tender published. Our Classification Specialists then review each of these notices for accuracy, and re-classify them according to product, service and industry. This Peer Review Process not only ensures you have access to every tender published; it also eliminates irrelevance so you only ever see notices that match your search criteria.

To help you stay ahead of the competition and have more time to prepare your bids, our tender alert service eliminates the need for manual searches by notifying you as soon as relevant opportunities are published. Our Client Experience Managers work with you to learn about your business, identify your needs, and develop your unique alert profile – ensuring you receive notifications tailored specifically to your requirements.

With a Tenders Direct subscription, we guarantee you will never miss a tender. Visit our website for more information about our services, or call our New Business Executives on 0800 222 9009 to discuss your needs.

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Tender Publishing Platforms UK 

Contracts Finder - for English contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies. 

Public Contracts Scotland – for all Scottish public procurement. 

Sell2Wales – for all Welsh public procurement.

eSourcing NI – for all public procurement in Northern Ireland.

Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) – for high-value tenders published in European Union countries.

Find a Tender – for all high-value notices published across the UK.

Public Buyer Specific – low-value tenders, which make up the majority of all public contracts, can be published on the buyer’s own website or through a third party service such as myTenders – meaning there are hundreds of sites used to publish notices. 


These posts may also be of interest

Why work with
the public sector? 

Our article looks at 6 reasons why you should do business with the Public Sector.

Differences between
the private and public sector 

This infographic looks at the different procurement processes.

What is
a public sector tender? 
An explanation of how tenders work and the different procedures they can use.  

Request a tailored
Market Overview

Discover what types of opportunities are available for your industry with a free Market Overview report.


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 tendersdirect.co.uk or call us on 0800 222 9009.

The Tender Writing Process

Across the UK and ROI, the public sector publishes 1,229 contract opportunities each week – that’s 63,909 a year!
With so much work available, bidding for these contracts should be an action in every business development plan. 
 
The public sector needs suppliers from a wide range of industries, and once you have found an opportunity that is relevant to your business – you’ll want to do everything you can to win the work. 
 
To help you get started, we have created this 9 step tender writing process for you to follow. It details the most efficient way of planning your proposals, helping you to focus on what is needed and avoid dreaded rewrites.


1. Evaluate the Tender – Go/No Go 

The evaluation stage is the first and most important stage of the tender writing process, as it highlights vital information and creates the foundation of your bid strategy.  
 
Before starting any proposals, you will need to consider the criteria which you will use to confidently determine if tenders are worthwhile or not. Without some form of initial evaluation you are likely to encounter problems later on. 
 
Some examples of questions to ask yourself are: 
 
◆ How closely is the tender aligned to our business strategy? 
◆ How well do we match the needs listed? 
◆ Can we meet the requirement? 
◆ What is our win probability? 
◆ Can we complete the proposal on time? 
◆ How familiar are we with the buyer? 
◆ Do we have the experience needed? 
◆ Are there any requirements which we can’t meet? 


2. Review and Deconstruct Available Information 

Ensure you have, and understand, all of the information available to you. Make this easy to access, and refer back to this information when writing your Bid Plan (see step 3) to ensure nothing is missed.  
 
◆ Review the tender, and identify exactly what each question is looking for.  
◆ Can the questions be broken down into individual requirements or themes?  
◆ Do you require any clarifications from the buyer? 
◆ What do you know about the buyer? 
◆ Can any research on previous or similar awards be conducted? 
◆ Are there any formatting requirements you need to consider – layout, document attachments, word count?  
◆ Is there anything missing from the specifications or additional recommendations you would include? 


3. Create your Bid Plan  

With your requirements clearly outlined, and all of the necessary information covered, you will be to plan for how and when you will prepare your responses.  
 
Your plan will consist of dates, names and actions against everything you need up to the submission deadline.  
 
◆ What resources will you need? 
◆ Who will be needed to support you? 
◆ What actions need to be completed? 
◆ What work will be delegated? 
◆ What is the timeline of activity? 
◆ What are your key milestones? 
◆ When will you engage with your team?   


4. Strategy Development    

By going through the initial evaluation, you have already formed the basis of your strategy – the reasons that you would be able to successfully secure this work.

With this information, you should be able to identify overarching themes that you will consistently reference throughout your response. Think here about your positioning, what you know about the competitors, and what is important to the buyer. Identifying these win themes early will ensure your they a factored into your answers.     


5. Answer Planning   

In this stage we combine the work conducted in stages 1 and 2 to prepare a plan for how each question will be answered. 

Your initial evaluation will have highlighted key win themes, and your review will have provided clarification on what the buyer is asking for. Use this information to prepare high level response themes for each question – at this stage you’re only looking to capture key points. 

Look to create a range of headings or bullet points for each question, do not start producing a detailed narrative.   

Is there a word count? This would be the point to start thinking about the answer structure, and how you are you going to divide that word count up among the different topics you want to cover. 


6. Answer Development   

Allow a lot of time for this activity. 

This is where you add more information to your themes, by focusing on what topics will be covered and creating lists of all the information you’ll be required to include – you are building on the bullet points captured in the previous section.  
 
Dedicating time for both Answer Planning and Development will save you significant effort in the long run, by helping you to avoid missing key information and having to conduct rewrites.  


7. Answering    

Do not start this without first planning all of the actions needed to complete your proposal on time, or having first created a plan for your responses. Answering questions and developing a plan as you go will only make the entire process more complicated and will not help you turn it around any quicker. 

Follow the plans you have created in earlier stages, refer back to them, and ensure nothing is overlooked. While you are following a plan to ensure key topics are covered, do not make the mistake of just listing responses. Your proposal needs to be compelling rather than just descriptive. 

Your responses should tell the buyer about the benefits they will receive, rather than just describing what you offer. You need help them understand why choosing you, over the competition, is the best option.  

Also do not feel that you should be limited by the specifications provided. If you feel that they have not fully captured the requirement or their project could benefit from new considerations – include them. Who would you award work to – the company who overlooks issues, or the one who proposes solutions to problems you hadn’t even realised were there?  


8. Proofing and Review     

Involve others who have not been directly involved with the proposal to proof read. They can ensure that your proposal both reads well and makes sense.  

We also tend to miss our own typographical errors, most commonly duplicated or omitted words, so a fresh pair of eyes can ensure your response reads as intended.  


9. Tender Submission     

Always leave time to get your proposal submitted, do not leave until the last minute. Systems can go down, connections can fail, and other unexpected issues can all delay on time submission. 

Try and leave a day to get your document submitted. 

As systems vary significantly, there is no standard submission process. You could find yourself having to get familiar with a new system each time you submit a proposal. Scope out the end-to-end navigation of the portal at the beginning of the project, not the end. 


Tender Writing Support    

We have a range of other articles which may be useful for helping you with your tender writing needs. You can find details of these below.
 
If you require more hands-on support with a specific tender or tenders in general, we offer a wide range of consultancy services and can support you with anything from reviewing proposals to overall bid management. 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  


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Low value tenders post Brexit – improved opportunities for SMEs

With no requirements to comply with EU directives for public procurement, the UK Government is able introduce changes to how they procure below threshold goods, works and services.  
 
On 10 December 2020, the Cabinet Office published the Procurement Policy Note (PPN): Reserving Below Threshold Procurements – which outlines how central government buyers are encouraged to reserve low value tenders for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), and suppliers in specific geographical regions from 1 January 2021. 


What does this mean for SMEs?

The introduction of this PPN is aimed at supporting SMEs by making more opportunities available to them, and increasing their chances of securing work with the public sector.

As part of its drive to level up the UK economy, the government is committed to tackling inequality and giving everyone across the country the opportunity to fulfil their potential. An economy with diverse, resilient and innovative supply markets provides the best environment to start and grow a business.

Point 16. Procurement Policy Note – Reserving Below Threshold Procurements

There are two ways that buyers are advised to create tenders which favour SMEs:

Reserving them by supplier location – buyers are able to open tenders which can only be bid on by suppliers located in a specified geographical area. The scope of these tenders can be UK wide or narrowed down by county. Buyers will not be able specify individual nations of the UK.  

Restricting the types of organisations that can bid for the work – buyers are able to specify that only SMEs and Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSEs) are eligible to bid for the work. 

While the PPN applies to central government buyers, the wider public sector is “encouraged to apply the principles” outlined within – meaning as familiarity with these practices grows, so too will UK-led and SME specific opportunities. 

The PPN does not apply to low value tenders involving any provision of goods into Northern Ireland – which remains subject to EU regulations under Northern Ireland Protocol, avoiding a hard border with the Republic of Ireland. 


What are low value tenders?

Low value tenders are those which fall below specific thresholds, which have been identified to prevent discriminatory procurement practices. If buyers wish to reserve low value tenders, the current thresholds which tender values must fall below are:

Supplies & Services
< £122,976
ex VAT

Works
< £4,733,252
ex VAT

The EU thresholds introduced on 1 January 2020 will remain in place until 1 January 2022. Future thresholds will be determined by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) – which the UK has been a member of since 1 January 2021. 


How do I find low value tenders?

There are thousands of portals through which public bodies can publish their notices, and it would take a lot of time and effort to try and locate every opportunity relevant to your business.   
 
Thankfully, Tenders Direct eliminates your need to search for tenders by collating every UK and ROI notice in one place, and alerts you to the tenders relevant to you. Our unique service ensures we are aware of every tender published, and allows us to guarantee that with Tenders Direct – you will never miss a tender again.  


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Brexit and Public Procurement 
Read about the other changes introduced with Brexit’s conclusion on 1 January 2021.

Reserving Below Threshold Procurements 
View the full policy procurement note on GOV.UK 

Public Sector Round-Up 18.12.20


Weekly UK tender publishing update

1,084

764

320

Total UK
Tenders
Low-Value
Tenders
OJEU
Tenders

170

63

362

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
OJEU
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 11.12.20 & 17.12.20

Tenders Direct provides full coverage of public sector tenders of any value across the UK and ROI. Our team of specialists source every notice and then reclassifies each one for accuracy. We rely on humans, not algorithms, to ensure you never miss a tender.
Request a free demo of our service to search through these notices, and discover what opportunities the public sector has to offer.


In the news this week

Largest council housing scheme for 50 years in Salford
Salford City has approved the creation of 417 new eco-friendly homes, to help tackle the housing crisis in the city. Of the homes, 188 will be available for social rent, 127 for affordable rent, 52 to the private rented sector and 50 will be sold. They will provide a quality and sustainable range of house types and size to meet local needs.

Ambitious plans for £100million investment in Council housing will transform Renfrewshire
Proposals for a major investment programme which will transform council housing in Renfrewshire over the next decade have been given the go-ahead. The Regeneration and Renewal Programme will invest at least £100million in council housing over the next 10 years, creating 300 newbuild homes, and improve existing housing in eight areas in Johnstone, Paisley and Renfrew in its first phase.

Construction, particularly for new homes, continues to receive heavy investment across the UK. Use our Construction Search Category to get an idea of the types of opportunities currently available.

Council committed to delivering delayed £130m Albion Square development
Hull City Council remains committed to delivering the stalled £130m Albion Square development. The council plans to re-develop the site with a mix of new retail, housing, offices and leisure – including a new ice rink to replace the facility at Hull Arena. Delays have been encountered due to issues with securing commercial partners, the Grade II listed Three Ships mural on the old Bhs building, and the impact of Covid-19.



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Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Livingston: Security software development services
Short description: To enhance the existing safety and security of Glow, Education Scotland has a requirement to place a contract with an external service provider for the creation and ongoing support of a bespoke safeguarding product and services to function within Scotland’s national digital learning platform known as Glow.
Published By: Education Scotland
Date Published: 15 December 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £841,250.00
Number of tenders received: 2 (Of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: Seric Systems Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Manchester: Construction work for buildings relating to education and research
Short description: Construction of a new building and refurbishment works on the John Dalton site for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. 
Published by: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date Published: 16 December 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £82,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Bowmer + Kirkland Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
Short description: Contract for the provision of a Managed Service Provider (MSP) that could help develop and deliver ARDS.
Published By: Home Office
Date Published: 16 December 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £30,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: Leidos Innovations UK Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct



Online training courses: January – February 2021

Our CPD accredited courses are delivered live and online over 2 days, offering you the same benefits of classroom training but with the added comfort and convenience of doing them from home.

Our upcoming courses are:

An Introduction to Public Procurement and Bid Writing
◆ 12 – 13 January, 13.00-16.30
◆ 9 – 10 February, 13.00-16.30

Writing Compelling Bids
◆ 19 – 20 January, 13.00-16.30
◆ 16 – 17 February, 13.00-16.30

Advanced Bid Writing Skills
◆ 26 – 27 January, 13.00-16.30
◆ 23 – 24 February, 13.00-16.30

Your tutor for these sessions will be Jamie Edwards, who is an expert bid writer with over 20 years’ experience. His sessions are interactive, meaning you will be able to ask questions throughout and benefit from tailored feedback and advice.

These courses are delivered over Microsoft teams and you can attend without any installation required to your computer – but it is highly recommended that you join using a desktop or laptop computer rather than a tablet or mobile phone. Ideally you will have both a webcam and microphone.

In-house Training
Having the right skills is critical. We can deliver bespoke in-house training to give your team the exact skills they need to find and win contracts in 2021 and beyond. Get in touch on 0800 222 9009 or email askus@tendersdirect.co.uk to discuss your needs, and find out what we can offer.


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 11.12.20


Weekly UK tender publishing update

1,133

797

336

Total UK
Tenders
Low-Value
Tenders
OJEU
Tenders

63

65

276

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
OJEU
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 04.11.20 & 10.12.20

If you are interested in finding out what the market looks like for your industry, get in touch and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free overview for your business. Alternatively, start looking for opportunities with our tender search tool on www.tendersdirect.co.uk


In the news this week

Procurement Policy Note – The Construction Playbook
The UK Government have published a Construction Playbook, which sets out 14 policies for how procurement for public works projects and programmes should be conducted. The PPN applies to Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies. The guidance within the playbook is, however, considered to be good practice, and the wider UK public sector is encouraged to acknowledge the policies detailed within.
The Playbook also addresses the key role of construction in Covid-19 recovery, and how the sector will contribute towards the UK’s environmental objectives.


Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Gloucester: Construction work
Short description: A 2-year contract for the provision of surfacing works for Gloucestershire County Council from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2022. 
Published by: Gloucestershire County Council
Date Published: 04 December 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £55,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Tarmac Trading Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Worthing: Construction work for multi-dwelling buildings and individual houses
Short description: The project consists of the construction of two separate buildings, served by on joint access road entrance building. Block one consists of 29 apartments and block two of 15 apartments, together with the provision of all associated services.
Published By: Adur District Council
Date Published: 04 December 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £9,978,301.24
Number of tenders received: 3 (Of which were SMEs: 2)
Contractors: Westridge Construction LTd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Environmental auditing
Short description: This requirement is to source a number of suppliers to provide consultant support to the Environment Agency’s Climate Change, Trading and Regulatory Services team (CCTRS), with skills, knowledge and experience to support our operational activities.
Published By: Defra Network eTendering Portal
Date Published: 04 December 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £2,650,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 2
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 6
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 3
Contractors: Ricardo-AEA Ltd | Capita Property and Infrastructure Ltd | Jacobs UK Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct



If festive annual leave or deadlines are working against you, our consultants can take on a range of support roles to help manage your workload.

Whether it’s checking a bid before submission, or managing your bids from start to finish – we can help.
Strategy Development
Bid Management
Bid Writing
Reviewing & Editing

If you have a more bespoke need, we would be happy to discuss what support options are available to you. We can be reached at askus@tendersdirect.co.uk or by calling 0800 222 9009.


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.

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