It’s been an interesting year for Tenders Direct and the procurement world in general, so we thought we’d review the events of the last twelve months and look ahead to 2019…
Developments in public procurement
2018 began with a modest increase in the value of the financial thresholds that determine which public contracts must be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. We’ll provide an update in January when these are revised for 2019/20. View the current thresholds.
In January major government contractor Carillion went into liquidation. The fallout from the construction firm’s collapse continues to be felt by its private sector partners and a large number of public sector buyers, with the ensuing disruption to supply chains and the additional costs incurred again bringing the issues of value for money and supplier risk management to the fore.
On a happier note, it’s been another year of progress for the public sector in terms of maximising value to their stakeholders via social value requirements. Interest in the topic among both buyers and suppliers has never been higher, and its increasingly widespread implementation in contracts across different sectors is encouraging. Access the recording of our free Social Value in Tenders webinar.
The recent budget saw the official end of Private Finance Initiatives (PFI). The government signaled that it remains sympathetic to the overall concept of Public Private Partnerships (PPP), but concluded that the PFI model has been a failure. Some substantial spending increases – most notable for health and infrastructure – will bolster the flow of public contract opportunities across various service and product areas in the coming years. Read our Budget Update.
Brexit has continued to dominate the national agenda throughout the year and will inevitably remain all-consuming well into 2019. As we noted previously, the UK government has a contingency in place for e-procurement should no deal be finalised. At the time of writing, however, we have plenty of political drama but very little certainty. Attend our free Tendering and Brexit webinar in January.
New and noteworthy at Tenders Direct
We’ve been working hard throughout the year to give our customers as much assistance as possible in their tendering activities, and we’re looking forward to pushing ahead with new developments throughout 2019. Some highlights from the last 12 months included:
Opportunity Manager – A new bid administration tool as standard for all our subscribers designed to help track and manage bids in a customisable pipeline.
Advance Tender Alerts – We upgraded our business development tool to help our subscribers share and manage future prospects more easily. Learn more
Training and Consultancy – After another great year of supporting suppliers of all descriptions with full day training courses, tailored consultancy and free webinars, we already have a packed schedule confirmed for 2019.
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