Weekly tender publishing update

In the news this week

Simpler, more flexible and transparent procurement
An article looking at the main benefits that will be introduced with the new procurement bill. While consultation on reforming public procurement started in December 2020, the new regime is unlikely to come into effect until 2023.

£200 million boost to rollout of hundreds more zero-emission HGVs
Transition to zero-emission trucks will help improve air quality, create greener jobs and reduce reliance on imports of foreign oil. The 3-year comparative programme will begin later this year to help decarbonise the UK’s freight industry with initial competitions for battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology launching shortly.

UK and Welsh governments reach £26 million deal to establish new Freeport in Wales
An agreement has been reached between the UK and Welsh governments to collaborate and deliver a new Freeport in Wales. Bidders will be expected to set out how the Freeport will boost the local economy, support good-quality, secure jobs and transition to a net-zero economy.

Cultural venues to receive £128 million to improve access to arts and culture
This funding is likely to open up new opportunities for local suppliers.
◆ £49.4m Cultural Development Fund to improve access to arts and culture in areas with low levels of cultural engagement
◆ £15.5 million Libraries Improvement Fund to improve local services
◆ £63.3 million Museum Estate Development Fund for urgent museum maintenance and infrastructure works

Roofers and builders reminded to follow duty of care
While this article is not directly related to public procurement, it is a reminder not to cut corners and have processes in place for dealing with waste. Social Value is a big focus for the public sector, so if you can highlight that you have efficient waste management practices (and demonstrate that you can stick to these), you’re going to get better scores and develop a positive reputation.

Over £3.5 million announced for repairs to collapsed flood wall in Matlock
The Environment Agency has pledged between £3.5m to £5m to restore the flood protection to Matlock, Derbyshire.

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