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Top Contract Award Notices this week 29/05/2020

In the last week, over 400 contract award notices were published across the UK. Below you will find our top three notices from the last 7 days. 


Title: United Kingdom-Liverpool: Construction work
Short description: Refurbishment of the Seacombe landing stage and booms, and replacement of both passenger and vehicle linkspan bridges.
Published By: Merseytravel
Date Published: 25 May 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £ 5,935,960.70
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: John Sisk and Son Ltd

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Title: UK-Stirling: Castleview Low Carbon Hub
Short description: To develop the current Castleview Park and Ride site into a Low Carbon Hub.
Published By: Stirling Council
Date Published: 28 May 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,299,077.18
Number of tenders received: 4
Contractors: FES Support Services

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Title: United Kingdom-Liverpool: Fire-prevention services
Short description: The scope of the contract is for the provision of: compartmentation surveys, active works, passive works, follow on and remedial works.
Published By: Onward Group Ltd
Date Published: 28 May 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,299,077.18
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 6
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 5
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 8
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 7
Number of tenders received, lot 5: 8
Number of tenders received, lot 6: 10
Number of tenders received, lot 7: 7
Number of tenders received, lot 8: 6
Number of tenders received, lot 9: 6
Number of tenders received, lot 10: 9
Contractors: Fieldway Supplies Ltd | Flame Hold Ltd | Openview Security Solutions Ltd | Frank Rogers Building Contractor Ltd | EFT Systems Ltd | Novus Property Solutions Ltd | TF Jones Property Services Ltd | Neo Property Solutions Ltd | Jackson Jackson and Sons Ltd

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Are your competitors listed above? Would you like to know their public sector success rate, market share and the types of opportunities they’re targeting? 
With our Competitor Tracking Alerts, you can view their past wins with our five year archive of award notices, and receive alerts when any organisation(s) you choose are announced as winners of above threshold public contracts. 
For more information, please contact us on 0800 222 9009 to discuss further.

Top Contract Award Notices this week 22/05/2020

In the last week, over 400 contract award notices were published across the UK. Below you will find our top three notices from the last 7 days. 


Title: United Kingdom-Southampton: Aviation test software development services
Published By: Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Date Published: 15 May 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £990,000.00
Number of tenders received: 27
Contractors: Elbit Systems

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Title: United Kingdom-Bristol: Agricultural, forestry, horticultural, aquacultural and apicultural services
Published By: Bristol City Council
Date Published: 15 May 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £9,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 7
Contractors: Gristwood and Tom’s Ltd

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Title: United Kingdom-London: Furniture (incl. office furniture), furnishings, domestic appliances (excl. lighting) and cleaning products
Published By: London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Date Published: 20 May 2020
Framework/DPS: yes
Highest offer: £2,800,000.00
Number of tenders received: 8
Contractors: LGFS LTD | Focus Furnishing | Hamletts Ltd

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Are your competitors listed above? Would you like to know their public sector success rate, market share and the types of opportunities they’re targeting? 
With our Competitor Tracking Alerts, you can view their past wins with our five year archive of award notices, and receive alerts when any organisation(s) you choose are announced as winners of above threshold public contracts. 
For more information, please contact us on 0800 222 9009 to discuss further. 

How are our Reviewers getting on?

To provide you with full coverage of public sector tenders from the UK, ROI and OJEU, we rely on our dedicated Review Team. Their role within Tenders Direct is to read, analyse and categorise every English-language contract published in the Official Journal of the European Union as well as every below-threshold notice from across the UK and Ireland. 

Their efforts help simplify searches, and ensure our customers never miss a tender. 

For this post I contacted Cameron, one of our Reviewers, to see how his team are getting on, and to find out what impact lockdown has had on the tenders they are reviewing.  

Q. What is your team working on at the moment? 
We are continuing to review the tenders that come in every day and ensuring our customers are alerted to these opportunities. In the background, we are working on various projects that will help maintain the efficiency and understanding of the review process. 

Q. What are you guys doing to overcome social distancing and isolation? 
Various video calls, to make sure we are seeing faces, hearing voices and checking in on each other. I’ve gone from only ever doing 1 or 2 video calls in my life to about 1 every day! 

Q. How did your team find adapting to homeworking? 
Very difficult to start with. The hardest thing to start with is getting your ergonomics correct so you are comfortably working. After that, the next challenge was adopting routines for the working day – such as taking short breaks away from the screen, switching off at the end of the day and new habits to help with concentration.  

I’m very appreciative of the technology we have in place, it really has allowed us to continue doing what we do with minimal disruption – I do however miss the every day human interaction!  

Q. Have you noticed a difference in the number of tenders being published? 
At the start of the social distancing measures, there were a few days where there were not many coming through, but as the weeks have passed, we are noticing more and more. Where it might be a quieter day from the OJEU, we can usually rely on a good number coming through from the below value threshold tenders.

We have certainly seen an increase in PPE (gloves, masks, clothing) since the lockdown. All research tenders have not been affected and anything desk based has been business as usual. In the last couple of weeks , we’ve seen a big jump in construction tenders which is very promising. 

I think the main thing that has stuck out is that tenders from Ireland have been continuous and when there was a decrease from others, there was certainly a continuation if not an increase in the number of tenders from Ireland.

Q. What has been the most useful tool or app for your team? 
Certainly Teams has been a blessing in group conversations. It’s allowed us to have group messages, video messaging as well as sharing screens – which has really helped collaboration and training. 

Q. Have you adopted any new working habits you think your team will keep? 
I think the use of video technology is going to be very interesting going forward. In terms of habits, I think I could be more active than I was on my lunch breaks, and it will be something I aim to keep up. 


Many of the contracts our Reviewers see have unusual or vague descriptions. We’re the only tender alert service that ensures a person reads each and every tender listed on the site. By categorising each tender they process, they help make our searches more accurate and ensure customers only get alerted to the most relevant opportunities.  

You can try our category search out for yourself and even request a free sample alert to see the real value our Review Team adds. If you would like to find out more about our services, please leave a comment below or get in touch on 0800 222 9009. 

Top Contract Award Notices this week 15/05/2020

In the last week, over 526 contract award notices were published across the UK.
Below you will find our top three notices from the last 7 days. 


Title: United Kingdom-Nottingham: Construction work
Published By: Arc Property Services Partnership Ltd
Date Published: 11 May 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £10,900,000.00
Number of tenders received: 16
Contractors: Pikemaster Ltd | Gelder Ltd | Tanbry Construction Ltd | CLC Contractors Ltd | Riley and Co. (Mansfield) Ltd | Whittle Programmed Maintenance Ltd | Midland Roofing Services (Derby) Ltd | Novus Property Solution Ltd | Envirocall Ltd | MJW Asbestos Removal Services Ltd | P J Lilley Ltd | Pheonix Contractors | Hatherley Commercial Services Ltd | KCM Catering Equipment Ltd

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Title: United Kingdom-Liverpool: Office and computing machinery, equipment and supplies except furniture and software packages
Published By: Crown Commercial Service
Date Published: 13 May 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £170,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 12
Contractors: Ace Office Environments Ltd | OfficeTeam Ltd (Suubject to contract) | ACS Business Supplies Ltd | Banner Group Ltd | Bates Office Services | Commercial Ltd | Hertfordshire County Council (Trading as Herts FullStop) | Lyreco UK Ltd | Office Depot UK Ltd | Warrens Office Ltd | WildHearts Office Ltd | XMA Ltd

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Title: United Kingdom-Trowbridge: Construction, foundation and surface works for highways, roads
Published By: Wiltshire Council
Date Published: 14 May 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £50,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: Kiely Bros Ltd

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Are your competitors listed above? Would you like to know their public sector success rate, market share and the types of opportunities they’re targeting? 
With our Competitor Tracking Alerts, you can view their past wins with our five year archive of award notices, and receive alerts when any organisation(s) you choose are announced as winners of above threshold public contracts. 
For more information, please contact us on 0800 222 9009 to discuss further. 

How is our Development Team getting on?

Our Development Team are responsible for making improvements to Tenders Direct and ensuring you get a stellar service from your favourite tender alert provider. 
 
For this post I caught up with Adrian, who is one of our Software Developers, to find out how his team have been getting on during lockdown. 

What is your team working on at the moment?
Most of our recent activity was focused on getting all the new features and fixes ready for our most recent release, which went live on 6 May. The most notable changes include improving navigation in our Control Panel, enhancing the features available in Opportunity Manager, and the modernisation of several customer-facing pages.

Now that the release has gone live, we have started working on our next update and other background work to support continuous product improvement and development – we’re always looking at ways to make things more efficient for our customers.

What are you guys doing to overcome social distancing and isolation?
We interact quite frequently with each other via video-chat. We also have our departmental group on Microsoft Teams where we can have a chat with everyone about anything – which we use quite often 🙂.

How did your team find adapting to homeworking?
The business has great resources and tools to allow home working and with the nature of our job as software developers, the transition for us has been fast and easy.  

What has been the most useful tool or app for your team? 
It definitively has to be Microsoft Teams, apart from the tools that we use daily as software developers, Microsoft Teams has allowed us to quickly and easily communicate with anyone within the company and provides a great platform to hold meetings without losing track of things.


Opportunity Manager, which Adrain mentions working on above, is our tender management tool and is included as standard with any of our subscriptions. The updates included in our recent release for this include: 

  • The ability to create a greater number of progress stages 
  • Advanced tender alerts can now be added to your pipeline
  • External notices can also be added to your pipeline 
  • Addition of a discussions tabs, allowing for the tagging of colleagues and the creation of numerous threads 

If you are not an existing customer, request a demo to find out more.

Top Contract Award Notices this week 08/05/2020

In the last week, over 591 contract award notices were published across the UK.
Below you will find our top three notices from the last 7 days. 


Title: United Kingdom-Liverpool: Telematics services
Published By: The Minister for the Cabinet Office acting through Crown Commercial Service
Date Published: 05 May 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £23,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 26
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 13
Contractors: Airmax Remote | BigChange Ltd | Ctrack Ltd | EDC Systems Ltd | E-Pire Ltd | Exeros Technologies | Masternaut | Ortus Telematics Ltd | RSG Engineering | Ltd Teletrac Navman (UK) Ltd | Terrafix Ltd | The Barcode Warehouse Ltd | Trakm8 Ltd | UK Telematics Ltd | Vision Unique Equipment Ltd | NTT Data UK Ltd | RSG Engineering Ltd | The Floow Ltd | The Miles Consultancy Ltd | Geotab Inc.

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Title: United Kingdom-Paisley: Wide area network services
Published By: The Renfrewshire Council
Date Published: 07 May 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £10,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Commsworld Ltd

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Title: United Kingdom-London: Mechanical and electrical engineering services
Published By: London and Quadrant Housing Trust
Date Published: 07 May 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £40,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 17
Contractors: Box & Charnock Ltd | C Watkins Plumbing Ltd | Essex Services Group plc | GBE Services London Ltd | Gloster MEP Ltd | HE Simm and Son Ltd | I-Kew Services Ltd | I-MEX (M&E) Ltd | Dowds Group | Kylemore Services Ltd | ROC UK Group | Woodford Heating and Energy

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Are your competitors listed above? Would you like to know their public sector success rate, market share and the types of opportunities they’re targeting? 
With our Competitor Tracking Alerts, you can view their past wins with our five year archive of award notices, and receive alerts when any organisation(s) you choose are announced as winners of above threshold public contracts. 
For more information, please contact us on 0800 222 9009 to discuss further. 

Case Study: Acrostak-UK Ltd

In this post we find out why Acrostak-UK Ltd chose to renew their subscription with Tenders Direct.

Who are Acrostak-UK Ltd?

Acrostak-UK Ltd are a UK based SME specialising in the supply of single use medical devices in the fields of interventional cardiology, interventional radiology and interventional neurological radiology. Acrostak-UK Ltd is committed to bringing high-quality and innovative products to the NHS and private hospitals.

How important is public sector work to your business?

Public Sector contracts and sales form over 95% of our business and turnover so this work is of utmost importance to our business.

What specific business challenge(s) did you face before using Tenders Direct?

We have used Tenders Direct for a number of years now. Quite simply, Tenders Direct is the best, the most thorough and comprehensive publisher of national and local public sector tenders. Our business would not thrive without the service we receive from Tenders Direct. Before we used the service we had to be registered across multiple portals and these were often only providing limited information.

How has the service helped you / your team? What are the day-to-day / long term benefits?

Day to day, we are able to be confident that we are not missing tenders and that the information we receive is up to date, detailed and comprehensive. This reduces time spent sourcing, investigating and following up potential notifications and communications. The PIN notifications allow us to plan long term actions and resource in relation to future procurement activities.


You can find out more about Acrostak-UK Ltd at www.acrostak.com/



Top Contract Award Notices this week 01/05/2020

In the last week, over 570 contract award notices were published across the UK.
Below you will find our top three notices from the last 7 days. 


Title: United Kingdom-Reading: Gas network equipment
Published By: SSE Service plc
Date Published: 28 April 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £55,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 6
Contractors: Radius Systems Plus | Glynwed Pipe Systems Ltd (T/A GPS PE Pipe Systems) | Kimplas Ltd | George Fischer Sales Ltd

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Title: United Kingdom-London: Construction work
Published By: Football Foundation
Date Published: 30 April 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £242,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 9
Contractors: ACo. Creation Grass Ltd | Lano Sports NV | Limonta Smith JV Ltd | FieldTurf Tarkett SAS | Tiger Turf Uk Ltd | SIS Pitches UK Ltd

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Title: United Kingdom-London: Medical consumables
Published By: NHS Supply Chain Operated by DHL Supply Chain Ltd
Date Published: 30 April 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £168,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 13
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 14
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 16
Contractors: Becton, Dickinson U.K. Ltd | Crest Medical Ltd | GBUK Ltd | Greiner Bio-One Ltd | GS Medical Healthcare Ltd | IMS Euro Ltd | Radiometer Ltd | Sarstedt Ltd | Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Ltd | Smiths Medical International Ltd | Mornington 2000 LLP | Vygon (U.K.) Ltd | Cambridge Sensors Ltd | Central Medical Supplies Ltd | Data (Southern) Enterprises Ltd | Medline Industries Ltd | Owen Mumford Ltd | Prospect Diagnostics Ltd | Richardson Healthcare Ltd | Ypsomed Ltd | Henry Schein UK Holdings Ltd |

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Are your competitors listed above? Would you like to know their public sector success rate, market share and the types of opportunities they’re targeting? 
With our Competitor Tracking Alerts, you can view their past wins with our five year archive of award notices, and receive alerts when any organisation(s) you choose are announced as winners of above threshold public contracts. 
For more information, please contact us on 0800 222 9009 to discuss further. 

Top Contract Award Notices this week 24/04/2020

In the last week, over 460 contract award notices were published across the UK.
Below you will find our top three notices from the last 7 days. 


Title: United Kingdom-Taunton: Construction work for bridges
Published By: Somerset County Council
Date Published: 20 April 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £15,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 8
Contractors: Centregreat Ltd | Dyer and Butler Ltd | R&W Civil Engineering Ltd | Walters UK Ltd

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Title: United Kingdom-Swindon: Construction work
Published By: UK Research and Innovation
Date Published: 22 April 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £9,500,000.00
Number of tenders received: 10
Contractors: Cousins Ltd

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Title: United Kingdom-London: Medical equipment
Published By: NHS Supply Chain Operated by DHL Supply Chain Ltd
Date Published: 22 April 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £90,800,000.00
Number of tenders received, Lot 1: 12
Number of tenders received, Lot 2: 11
Number of tenders received, Lot 3: 13
Number of tenders received, Lot 4: 9
Contractors: Bender UK Ltd | Draeger Medical Uk Ltd | G.K.Wood & Son Ltd Trading as Fulbourn Medical | Hill-Rom Ltd | Hiltons Electrical Services Ltd | Ryna Medical UK Ltd | Steris Solutions Ltd | Stryker UK Ltd | Brandon Medical Company Ltd | Howorth Air Technology Ltd | Maquet Ltd | Medical Air Technology Ltd | Anetic aid Ltd | Xograph Healthcare Ltd | Melyd Surgical Ltd | Pharmed UK Ltd/ Neuro Technics | Ryna Medical UK Ltd | Sigmacon (UK) Ltd | Anetic aid Ltd | Arjo UK Ltd | Seers Medical Ltd | Drive DeVilbiss Sidhil Ltd | Ferno (UK) Ltd | Howard Wright Europe Ltd | Linet UK Ltd | Newmaw Medical Ltd | Acime UK Ltd | Boston Scientific Ltd | Promed Ltd | Richard Wolf UK Ltd | Carleton Medical Ltd | Lynton Lasers Ltd | Cook UK Ltd | KeyMed (Medical and Industrial Equipment) Ltd

Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Are your competitors listed above? Would you like to know their public sector success rate, market share and the types of opportunities they’re targeting? 
With our Competitor Tracking Alerts, you can view their past wins with our five year archive of award notices, and receive alerts when any organisation(s) you choose are announced as winners of above threshold public contracts. 
For more information, please contact us on 0800 222 9009 to discuss further. 

Changes to procurement policy: Use of Procurement Cards

The Government has been very responsive in making changes to procurement policy to help protect suppliers, their workforce and their supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their latest PPN: Use of Procurement Cards, is aimed at maintaining cashflow to suppliers, while also ensuring the public sector is able to access goods and services quickly.

What has been introduced with this PPN?
Procurement Cards are being highlighted as the preferred method for purchasing goods and services, and the key points from this document are:

  • Single transaction limit increased to £20,000 for key card holders
  • Monthly limit on procurement card spend set to £100,000
  • Monthly procurement card spend in excess of £100,000 is permissible to meet business needs.
  • Opening up of more purchase categories providing access to a greater range of goods and services.
  • Above points apply to all Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies.
  • Effective immediately as of 6 April 2020

What are procurement cards?
Procurement Cards are essentially charge cards used to purchase goods and services directly. These cards allow for instant payment and avoid the need to go through any forms of purchasing processes.

What is the benefit of using Procurement Cards?
The instant transactions are the major benefit to suppliers, receiving prompt will help them to protect their business, their employees and their supply chains.

By making Procurement cards the preferred payment method and increasing their spending limits, the Government is helping contracting authorities follow the instructions set out in previous PPN: Supplier relief due to COVID-19 – which focuses on prompt payment to support businesses and protect jobs during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Where can I view the full PPN: Use of Procurement Cards?
Click here to read the full PPN on GOV.uk


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