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Noel Vassallo

I joined Tenders Direct in February 2020, bringing with me over 9 years’ experience in writing and creating content for a variety of appeals and campaigns. Applying my skills to public sector procurement, I ensures our resources are easily accessible, concise and most of all, useful. By analysing our unique insights and monitoring our sources for the latest market news, I also provide readers with up-to-date and relevant information.

In my free time I like to keep busy by finding new hobbies to challenge myself with. Currently I am making sure that my old easel and mountain bike don’t feel neglected, as well as attempting the odd bit of woodwork.

Public Sector Round-Up 04.12.20


Weekly UK tender publishing update

1,112

826

286

Total UK
Tenders
Low-Value
Tenders
OJEU
Tenders

133

57

362

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
OJEU
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 27.11.20 & 03.12.20


An incredible 6,469 tender notices were published across the UK & ROI last month, creating a significant number of opportunities to secure work for 2021. View the full stats for November 2020.


In the news this week

£29 million to be invested in Stoke-on-Trent’s transport network
The Transforming Cities Fund will allow for major improvements around Stoke-on-Trent and Longton train stations, along with new cycling and walking links, plus upgrades to city centre bus station.
The funding aims to better connect the community and open up access to jobs, housing and services.

Prime Minister announces £20m to grow medicines manufacturing in the UK
The Medicines and Diagnostic Manufacturing Transformation Fund will open up investment opportunities for medicine manufacturers in England, Scotland and Wales. The aim of this funding is to put UK companies ahead of global competitors in advanced medicines manufacturing, while helping them respond to future healthcare needs – and increasing the overall health resilience of the UK.


Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Glasgow: Ground investigation work
Short description: A Multi-supplier Framework Agreement (MFA) with a number of ground investigation contractors to carry out and report on ground investigation works of varying scope, complexity and value in connection with trunk road and other transport infrastructure schemes promoted by the Scottish Ministers through Transport Scotland. 
Date Published: 27 November 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £50,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 7 (Of which were SMEs: 5)
Contractors: Fugro GeoServices Ltd | Ian Farmer Associates (1998) Ltd | Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical Ltd | Soil Engineering Geoservices Ltd | WYG Group
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Construction work
Short description: The refurbishment of Highgate Newtown Community Centre and Fresh Youth Academy. The works will provide an estimated 1 754 m2 of community centre facilities, comprising Highgate Newtown Community Centre and the Fresh Youth Academy, and approximately 3 610 m2 of residential floor space.
Published By: London Borough of Camden
Date Published: 01 December 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £16,570,417.15
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: Farrans Construction trading as a division of Northstone (NI) Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Croydon: Scanning services
Short description: This requirement was to procure a replacement contract for scanning, processing and data extraction services which are located off HM Land Registry premises.
Date Published: 01 December 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £9,500,000.00
Number of tenders received: 6
Contractors: Xerox (UK) Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct



Ask the Experts Q&A: Wednesday 16 December 2020, 1.00 – 1.45PM


Are there specific questions about tendering you would love to have answered?
Join our webinar where we will be taking questions from the floor!

Whether you want to know more about finding the right tenders, or what to do once you’ve found them – our experts will answer any questions you have.
This webinar is totally free of charge, and you can ask your questions when you register or live during the session.


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.

November was an extraordinary month for tenders!

6,469

4,685

1,784

Total UK & ROI
Tenders
Low-Value
Tenders
OJEU
Tenders

967

324

6,305

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
Live Notices
on 01.12.20
Tender notices published in the UK & ROI between 01.11.20 & 30.11.20

Last month an incredible 6,469 tender notices were published across the UK & ROI.
This level of activity means that we move into December with plenty of opportunities to secure work for 2021.
On 1 December 2020, there were 6,305 live notices in the UK and ROI, across a wide range of industries.


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.
We can give you an idea of how much work is available in the public sector, as well as ensuring you never miss a relevant opportunity.

Market Overview
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. Our Market Overviews are free, and can be requested by clicking this link.

Tender Alerts
Rather than put a lot of effort into scouring the internet for public contracts, you could instead spend your time on other tasks and let our tender alerts keep you informed of all relevant opportunities. Tenders Direct is the UK’s most accurate tender alert service, and we guarantee you will never miss a tender. Visit our website or call us on 0800 222 9009 for more information.


Case Study: Robinsons Facilities Services Ltd

In this post we catch up with Robinsons Facilities Services Ltd to find out why they chose to renew their subscription with Tenders Direct.

Tell us about your company

Robinsons Facilities Services Ltd is Yorkshire’s leading HVAC maintenance and repair provider providing 24-7-365 cover to commercial clients throughout Yorkshire and surrounding areas.

How important is public sector work to your business?

Public contracts currently account for around 10-20% of our total work, but we’d like to increase this.

What business challenges did you face before using Tenders Direct?

Before Tenders Direct, we would spend a lot of effort manually searching separate public portals, and having to fill out multiple profiles for tenders sites which may/may not have been relevant to us.

Why did you choose Tenders Direct?

From looking at a range of tender alert services, Tenders Direct was the most robust system for opportunities, and sensibly priced.

How would you describe your experience of using Tenders Direct?

Great! We just use the e-mail alerts, and rely on getting tenders sent direct to our mailbox. This has been incredibly handy, and saved us a lot of time and effort. The service has highlighted plenty of opportunities to tender for!


You can find out more about Robinsons Facilities Services Ltd using the following links
Website | Twitter | LinkedIn

What is a public tender?

Whenever the public sector has a need for goods, works, or services (which are over a certain contract value), they are required to publicly advertise this need, and encourage businesses to compete for the work.

This process is referred to as publishing an ‘Invitation to Tender’ or ‘ITT’, and the associated documents have become more commonly known as tenders.


Why are public tenders needed? 

As the public sector relies on public funding to make decisions, all procurement must be made respectfully, encourage free and open competition, achieve best value for money and ultimately benefit the public.   

These requirements prevent unethical procurement practices, while also allowing businesses, regardless of size, to enter the market. For more information about this, please read our article ‘6 reasons to do business with the Public Sector?’


What types of tender are there? 

 
Low and High Value Tenders

The value of a tender determines the rules in place for how the notice must be advertised.

High-Value Tenders, also known as Above Threshold Tenders, are those which have a value above the EU public procurement threshold, and must be advertised in the OJEU to encourage competition from other EU countries. From 1 January 2021, the rule will be changing and these notices will instead be posted to the new government portal ‘Find a Tender’. More information is still to be announced, but you can find out more in our article Brexit and Public Procurement. 

Low-Value Tenders, also known as Below Threshold Tenders, have a value which is below the EU threshold and are advertised within the UK. These contracts are much smaller than High-value tenders, making them a great starting point for businesses entering the market for the first time. The procedures for low-value notices are simpler, and bidding for these provides suppliers with valuable experience to help them go after high-value tenders in the future. For more information, read our article ‘Why we love low-value tenders’.  

For details on the current public procurement thresholds, please see ‘New Public Procurement thresholds 2020/2021’. 

Public Procurement Procedures

Open procedure 
Is the standard procedure and for public procurement within the UK. This type of procedure allows any business to respond to a tender, access associated documents and bid for the tender.  

Restricted Procedure 
Is a two-stage procedure which involves creating a shortlist of the most suitable suppliers, by having them first complete a selection questionnaire. Those shortlisted will receive an invitation to tender, and are allowed to bid for the contract. This type of procedure is generally used if a high volume of bidders is expected. 

Competitive Dialogue Procedure 
Is a multi-stage procedure which allows discussion with suppliers before issuing an invitation to tender. It is used where procurement needs are complex, and as with Restricted Procedures, bidders will first be shortlisted. After the selection stage, the requirements and solutions will be discussed with shortlisted suppliers. From these discussions, the requirements will be finalised and an invitation to tender will be issued. 
 
Competitive procedure with negotiation   
Is a multi-stage procedure which allows negotiation with suppliers after they have submitted their bids. This procedure includes a selection stage questionnaire, and the final negotiation stage is optional – as along as this has been stated within the tender. Much like the Competitive Dialogue Procedure, it is used where procurement needs are complex. 

Innovation partnership 
Is a unique procedure which is used when no goods, services or works exist to meet the procurement need. Selection stage questionnaires are used to identify the most suitable suppliers before invitations to tender are issued. The products produced as a result of this partnership may be purchased by the public body, but only if they meet the minimum requirements identified within the tender. 

Framework Agreement
Is an umbrella agreement that sets out the terms – particularly relating to price, quality and quantity – under which individual contracts (call-offs) can be awarded at any point during the lifespan of the framework. Frameworks are typically used when the buyer has identified a need for specific products or services but is unsure of the scope or time-frame. The agreements created give buyers access to a range of qualified suppliers, allowing them to avoid the need to continuously re-tender. Being an a framework does not guarantee work, as there may be multiple suppliers offering the same goods, works or services – in such instances, mini competitions or best value will determine who wins the work. Full details of these agreements can be found in ‘Framework Agreements: What you need to know’.

Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS)

Is similar to a framework, however new suppliers can join at any time, and is used for goods, works and services commonly available on the market. A DPS must be set-up using the restricted procedure, and the process is required to be entirely electronic. Unlike a framework, there is no limit on the number of suppliers that may join a DPS, and any supplier may join during the tender’s lifespan. DPS are used to streamline procurement for both buyers and suppliers, as suppliers only need to demonstrate suitability once, and buyers can award contracts quicker than other methods allow.


How do I find public tenders?

There are thousands of portals through which public bodies can publish their notices, and it would take a significant amount 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 alerting you to the tenders you want to bid for. 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 public sector notice.   
   
Request a demo today and discover all the opportunities you could be bidding for.  

Public Sector Round-Up 27.11.20


UK tender publishing update

1204

849

355

Total UK
Tenders
Low-Value
Tenders
OJEU
Tenders

123

71

396

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
OJEU
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 20.11.20 & 27.11.20

With 1204 tender notices published, this week has one of the highest weekly totals seen this year.

We currently have over 4700 UK live notices, across a range of industries. To see what opportunities have been created for your industry, use our search categories and filters to find opportunities relevant to you.


In the news this week

£10 billion package to build more homes and level up communities
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will receive £10 billion of funding in the next financial year to build more homes and improve communities across England.

  • £7.1 billion National Home Building Fund to build more affordable, sustainable and beautiful homes across England, over the next 4 years.
  • Funding to level up and strengthen communities, including new £4 billion Levelling Up Fund
  • More than £70 million to implement an ambitious package of new laws to improve building safety

The National Home Building Fund aims to shake up the housing market by backing smaller developers, unlocking brownfield land and supporting innovative construction techniques. It is expected that this will create up to 660,000 jobs and around 860,000 homes.


HMRC and Home Office the big winners as spending review commits £600m to ‘fix outdated government IT’
New funding has been announced to bring government technology up to date. The funds will be used to ensure core systems can better support administration by making them more secure, reducing risk of failures and improving efficiency.

  • HMRC has been awarded £268m
  • The Home Office has been awarded £232m
  • The Department for Education will receive £64m
  • The Ministry of Justice will receive £40m

This review is only a one-year stopgap measure, with a full, four-year review due to take place next year. View our Tech categories to see current public sector opportunities, or register to receive alerts relevant to your industry – direct to your inbox.


Manchester council writes to government calling for extra funding for parks
We have seen a lot of articles similar to this one this year, and seen plenty of notices published to improve outdoor spaces across the UK in response to the outbreak.
Developing outdoor spaces can create numerous opportunities for contractors, and it could be worthwhile keeping an eye out for similar stories, developing a relationship with the potential buyers, and staying aware of updates.


Extraordinary notices

Title: UK-St Helens: M&Y Maintenance & Construction Subcontractor Dynamic Purchasing System v2
Short description: A DPS for the provision of sub-contractors to assist with the delivery of a wide range of service including repairs, maintenance, refurbishment and construction. The DPS has been sub-divided into 49 categories; sub-contractors can apply for one or more categories. It is intended that the DPS will run for an initial period of 10 years. 
Published By: Regenda Limited
Date Published: 23 November 2020
Deadline: 15 November 2030
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £461,750,000
View full notice on Tenders Direct



Ask the Experts Q&A: Wednesday 16 December 2020, 1.00 – 1.45PM


Are there specific questions about tendering you would love to have answered?
Join our webinar where we will be taking questions from the floor!

Whether you want to know more about finding the right tenders, or what to do once you’ve found them – our experts will answer any questions you have.
This webinar is totally free of charge, and you can ask your questions when you register or live during the session.


Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Manchester: International payment transfer services
Short description: Manchester Metropolitan University (‘the University’) is seeking to appoint through a competitive tender process, a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to deliver an integrated payment platform and all related payment functionality. 
Published By: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date Published: 20 November 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £2,400,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Flywire Payments Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Birkenhead: Construction work for buildings relating to health
Short description: The provision of a Health and Wellbeing Centre – approximately 2 200 m2 of accommodation for health and social care services, with a small provision for a commercial opportunity space on the ground floor.
Published By: Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Date Published: 25 November 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £5,329,056.00
Number of tenders received: 4 (Of which were SMEs: 4)
Contractors: Eric Wright Construction Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Construction work for railways and cable transport systems
Short description: The provision of signalling civils works, location case, signal bases and cable route works to support the main signalling project.
Published By: Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
Date Published: 25 November 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £17,634,009.90
Number of tenders received: 5 (Of which were SMEs: 5)
Contractors: Global Rail Construction
View full notice on Tenders Direct


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 20.11.20


UK tender publishing update

1144

800

344

Total UK
Tenders
Low-Value
Tenders
OJEU
Tenders

169

68

342

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
OJEU
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 13.11.20 & 19.11.20

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

£175 million more for cycling and walking as research shows public support
Councils across England have been given access to a further £175 million to create safe space for cycling and walking. This news comes as surveys show 8/10 people support measures to reduce traffic in their neighbourhoods.
This funding is part of the £2 billion announced in May to promote more active travel options.
This funding will be used to create numerous opportunities, of all values, across the country. Visit our dedicated Construction tender category on our site to view current opportunities.

£16 million to introduce digital prescribing in hospitals
16 hospitals across England will receive a share of £16 million to introduce electronic prescribing systems, replacing the need for paper prescriptions. These systems are being used to greatly improve efficiency, and since 2018, 216 NHS trusts have adopted these systems. The long term plan is to eliminate paper prescribing across the entire NHS by 2024 – meaning there will continue to be associated Tech opportunities until then.


Extraordinary notices

Title: United Kingdom-Chester: National Framework Agreement for Provision of Sterile Services and Endoscopy Decontamination Facility
Short description: The framework agreement will allow NHS organisations to procure a Supplier who can design, build and equip a SSD and subsequently maintain the facility and its equipment under a managed service contract. Suppliers may provide finance to the NHS organisation for the design, build and equip of the SSD, as well as ongoing provision of appropriate facilities management.
Published By: Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Date Published: 18 November 2020
Deadline: 04 January 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £375,000,000.00
View full notice on Tenders Direct


When Brexit concludes at the end of this year, the government’s new e-tender service ‘Find a Tender’ will replace the OJEU in the UK for above threshold tenders.
Find out what this means for finding and winning public contracts in 2021, in our new post Brexit and Public Procurement.


Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-London: Pharmaceutical products
Short description: Supply of a range of supportive medicines including end of life, intensive care unit and antibiotics.
Published By: Department of Health and Social Care
Date Published: 16 November 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £791,968.00
Number of tenders received: 1 (Of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: Fresenius Kabi Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Sale: Street-lighting maintenance services
Short description: Reactive maintenance.
Published By: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Date Published: 18 November 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £2,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 4
Contractors: Acorn Lighting Services Ltd, Jones Lighting Ltd, SSE Contracting Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Newport: Postal services
Short description: To print personalised letters containing name, address and a unique reference/serial number for each record/person invited to take apart in the Covid-19 Infection Survey (CIS).
Published By: Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’)
Date Published: 18 November 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £4,500,000.00
Number of tenders received: 1
Contractors: HH Associates Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


Are you winning contracts in the private sector but unsure how to start in the public sector?
Join us for our upcoming free webinar where we will discuss the differences between the two sectors, and how you can start bidding for public contracts.

The topics we will cover are:
◆ How the public sector differs from the private sector
◆ The similarities between tendering in both
◆ How to find public sector opportunities
◆ How to undertake your first public sector tenders

Book your place: Wednesday 25 November 2020, 1.00 to 1.45PM


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.
Visit www.tendersdirect.co.uk to find out more.

Public Sector Round-Up 13.11.20


UK tender publishing update

1180

881

299

Total UK
Tenders
Low-Value
Tenders
OJEU
Tenders

105

71

333

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
OJEU
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 6.11.20 & 12.11.20

353 opportunities were published on Friday 6 November 2020 – the highest number of daily UK and ROI tenders seen in the last 6 months. As of 13 Nov 2020, there are over 4,200 live notices across the UK and ROI – which is a great sign as we approach the end of 2020, and look to secure work for 2021.

If you would like to view these notices, you can gain access with a free demo of Tenders Direct.


In the news this week

Government gives £60 million seal-of-approval for North Devon Link Road
The multi-million-pound upgrade to the A36, which links Devon to the rest of the UK, is set to get underway this month. While the project will cut journey times and boost connectivity within the region, it will also support the local economy by supporting plans for the creation of 6,700 new homes.
Use our tender search filters to see what opportunities are available in the region at www.tendersdirect.co.uk

Communities at risk of flooding urged to apply for a share of £200m resilience programme
Through the government’s new Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme, 25 areas across England will be selected to pilot creative approaches to improve resilience to flooding. With examples of planting trees and restoring peatland included, it is worth following which areas receive a share of this funding – as it could create unexpected business opportunities.

Brent Council to spend £10 million on Northwick Park road
Brent Council intends to spend £10 million on an access road as part of a redevelopment scheme near Northwick Park Hospital. This project will contribute towards plans of providing more affordable homes, improved green spaces and employment opportunities within the area.


Are you winning contracts in the private sector but unsure how to start in the public sector?
Join us for our upcoming free webinar where we will discuss the differences between the two sectors, and how you can start bidding for public contracts.

The topics we will cover are:
◆ How the public sector differs from the private sector
◆ The similarities between tendering in both
◆ How to find public sector opportunities
◆ How to undertake your first public sector tenders

Book your place: Wednesday 25 November 2020, 1.00 to 1.45PM


Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Glasgow: Installation services of line telephony equipment
Short description: Provision of internet and telephony services.
Published By: University of Glasgow
Date Published: 09 November 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,149,384.00
Number of tenders received: 3 (Of which were SMEs: 3)
Contractors: PCCW Global Networks (UK) Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Stockton-on-Tees: System and support services
Short description: To provide a managed service for Oracle e-business suite and Capita Duty Management system. 
Published By: Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland
Date Published: 09 November 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £16,975,000.00
Number of tenders received: 6
Contractors: Sopra Steria
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-St Austell: Drilling and exploration work
Short description: Drill and complete a single 4,500m geothermal well in Cornwall UK.
Published By: Eden Geothermal Ltd
Date Published: 11 November 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £7,306,401.00
Number of tenders received: 7 (Of which were SMEs: 4)
Contractors: British Drilling and Freezing Company Limited
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE



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.
Visit www.tendersdirect.co.uk to find out more.

Brexit and Public Procurement

The Brexit transition period comes to an end this year, and from 1 January 2021 there will be changes to public procurement. 

Key points to be aware of until then: 

  • For any procurement started, and not completed before 31 December 2020, the current procurement regulations will still apply until the contract has been awarded. 
  • From 1 January 2021, the new e-tender service ‘Find a Tender’ will replace the Official Journal of the European Union in the UK for above threshold tenders. 
  • The existing UK government portals – Contracts Finder, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI – will remain in operation and will be unchanged.   
  • While there will be no immediate changes to procurement policies, from 1 January 2021 the government will have the power to introduce new or temporary legislation.

How will Brexit affect finding new tenders?

Tenders Direct customers will see no difference. 
 
We will continue to source and publish all notices of any value from across the UK and ROI, as well as notices from the OJEU applicable to UK suppliers.  
 
Proactis manages both the Sell2Wales and Public Contracts Scotland portals, as well as the e-publishing platform myTenders. We, along with a number of other approved e-senders, have been working closely with the government to ensure that all high value notices published through our portals are also published to Find a Tender when the switch happens on 1 January 2021. 

Tenders Direct offers a unique tender alert service – we rely on humans, not algorithms. This means that when the switch goes live, our team will be able source, review and classify all notices on Find a Tender. Other services, which rely on automated systems to source tenders, may not be able to adapt as promptly – as they will have to build systems to source and extract notices from Find a Tender. 
 
Visit our website for more information about our unique service.  


Is there anything I should be aware of?

Procurement policies are likely to remain closely aligned with the rules in place before Brexit. However, when the transition period ends, it may become clear that some regulations no longer apply, or amendments are needed to make them more practical to just the UK. As an example, the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 saw the publication of four Policy Procurement Notes which introduced a range of temporary changes to support the needs of both the government and UK businesses. 

With Brexit concluding while the UK works to recover from COVID-19, new temporary regulations to address this unpredictable combination is something we should be prepared for. 

We will provide updates through this blog if there are any developments which may have an impact on you finding and winning work within the public sector.


Further reading

The Policy Procurement Note: Introduction of Find a Tender explains the upcoming changes in greater detail. 

The UK Government have a page dedicated to Public Procurement After Brexit, which has useful information for both buyers and suppliers. 

For details about all of the changes introduced as a result of Brexit, along with a useful readiness questionnaire, please view the UK Transition page on Gov.uk 

6 reasons why you should do business with the Public Sector

On average the UK Government spends £292 billion a year, more than a third of all public spending, on procuring goods, works and services from external suppliers. This money generates over 50,000 new business opportunities a year for many different industries.  


What is the Public Sector? 


The Public Sector is typically made up of not-for-profit organisations owned by central, national and local governments, for the benefit of their citizens. They cover areas such as defence, education, fire services, healthcare, police and refuse collection. 
 
As the public sector relies on public funding to make decisions, they are required to ensure their financial decisions are made respectfully, encourage free and open competition, achieve best value for money, and ultimately benefit the public. 


Reasons to tender for public sector work

  1. All contracts must be open and accessible – meaning no matter what size your business is, if you meet the criteria and can deliver the tender requirements, you have a fair chance of winning the work. This is different to private procurement where the buyer can choose who to inform of their procurement needs, and who to do business with.    
  1. The public sector wants to award work to SMEs – by 2022 the UK Government wants 33% of all public contracts to awarded to SMEs. SMEs make up 99% of all UK businesses and are vital for the economy.  
  1. 30 day payment period – all invoices for contracted work must be processed by public bodies within 30 days of receiving them, ensuring businesses get paid promptly. Lengthy payment periods can be an issue within the private sector, where larger businesses can dictate when they issue payment. 
  1. Transparent Tendering process – nothing is hidden in public procurement, decisions made are transparent, and suppliers will receive feedback if they did not win a contract. Private buyers do not have to make their processes public, and have no obligations to provide feedback to suppliers.  
  1. Most Economically Advantageous Tenders (MEAT) – is the chosen method of proposal assessment, meaning contract awards are not just based on price, and consider the wider aspects of tender submissions. Social Value is a major consideration in contract awards, and with the Procurement Policy Note – Taking Account of Social Value in the Award of Central Government Contracts, five key themes have been highlighted for central government contracts: COVID-19 recovery, tackling economic inequality, fighting climate change, equal opportunity, and wellbeing. 
  1. Continuously improving processes – to make bidding for work easier and less time consuming, the public sector continually work to improve their processes. Single Procurement Documents are a great example – where these are used, only the winning bidder needs to provide the required documents, saving you significant time and effort. 

Finding public Sector Work 

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Public Sector Round-Up 06.11.20


UK tender publishing update

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725

274

Total UK NoticesLow-Value NoticesOJEU Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 30.10.20 & 05.11.20

In October 5152 notices were published across the UK. 3529 of these were low-value notices – which is great news for smaller businesses or those with limited experience of working in the public sector. Lower value notices tend to have less competition and fewer restrictions, making your entry to the market much easier.

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

New Epsom and St Helier hospital in Sutton given green light
A new state-of-the-art hospital has been announced as part of the government’s £3.7 billion commitment to build 40 new hospitals by 2030 – for which another eight new schemes have been invited to bid. To discover construction, healthcare and other public sector opportunities, use our tender category search.

£228m Mottram bypass goes out to consultation
The public is being given the chance to influence plans for a new £228 million bypass to between Manchester and Sheffield. There will be a 6 week public consultation for the new two-mile bypass, which will run from the roundabout at the end of the M67 (junction 4) to a new junction on the A57 in Woolley Bridge.
Over the next 5 years, Highways England will be delivering £14 billion of major road projects, increasing the quality, capacity and safety of England’s motorways and major A roads – we can alert you to any projects relevant to your business, find out more here.

£2bn Technology Services 3 framework
This framework agreement will provide a range of local, regional and national services, and is divided into 5 lots: Technology Strategy and Service Design (£320m), Transition and Transformation (£260), Operational Services (£940m), Major Services Transformation Programmes (£580m) & Service Integration and Management (£100m).
For full details, view the notice here.



Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Margate: Transport equipment and auxiliary products to transportation
Short description: The supply and installation of a floating vessel in the form of a pontoon or barge at the Port of Ramsgate, to form a commercial aggregate berth which will be sited within the Port estate.
Published By: Thanet District Council
Date Published: 30 October 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,299,986.95
Number of tenders received: 2 (Of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: BAM Nuttall Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Leyland: Construction work
Short description: Development of 55 residential units at land off Westfield Road, Catterall, Preston, Lancashire. 
Published By: Progress Housing Association Ltd
Date Published: 30 October 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £8,413,000.00
Number of tenders received: 1 (Of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: Breck Developments Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Manchester: Security, fire-fighting, police and defence equipment
Short description: The supply and delivery of a variety of crime reduction products, to be used by police forces as a cost effective way of reducing the risk of vulnerable people becoming victims of crime.
Published By: Greater Manchester Combined Authority — Greater Manchester Police
Date Published: 03 November 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £1,700,000.00
Number of tenders received: (Of which were SMEs: 2)
Contractors: JNE Security Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE



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