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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.

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.

What are the day-to-day benefits for your team?

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


Top Contract Award Notices this week 17/04/2020

In the last week, over 540 contract award notices were published across the UK. Below you will find our top three notices from the last 7 days. 


Title: United Kingdom-Welwyn Garden City: Building construction work
Published By: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Date Published: 15 April 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £20,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 16
Contractors: R G CarterCambridge Ltd

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


Title: United Kingdom-Didcot: Research and development services and related consultancy services
Published By: Radioactive Waste Management
Date Published: 16 April 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £9,500,000.00
Number of tenders received, Lot 1: 6
Number of tenders received, Lot 2: 5
Number of tenders received, Lot 3: 5
Contractors: Cavendish Nuclear Ltd. | DBD Ltd | Frazer-Nash Ltd | Galson Sciences Ltd | Jacobs Clean Energy Ltd | NSG Environmental Ltd | Nuvia Ltd

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


Title: United Kingdom-Runcorn: Pharmaceutical products
Published By:
The NHS Commissioning Board (operating under the name of NHS England)
Date Published: 16 April 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £56,543,000.00
Number of tenders received: 43
Contractors: Accord-UK Ltd | Acre Pharma Ltd | Bowmed Ibisqus Ltd | Brown and Burk UK Ltd | Consilient Health | Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd | Drugsrus Ltd | Flexipharm Austrading Ltd | Flynn Pharma Ltd | GH Pharma (UK) Ltd | Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe | Intrapharm Laboratories Ltd | Lucane Pharma S.A. | Mylan UK Healthcare Ltd | Orion Pharma (UK) Ltd | Piramal Critical Care Ltd | Ranbaxy (UK) Ltd | Reig Jofre Group | Synchrony Pharma | TEVA UK Ltd | Thornton and Ross Ltd | Tillomed Laboratories Ltd | Waverley Pharma Europe Ltd | Waymade plc | Zentiva Pharma UK 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: Supplier relief due to COVID-19

Businesses of all sizes are feeling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and on March 20th the Cabinet Office issued reassurance to suppliers with the Procurement Policy Note: Supplier relief due to COVID-19. The document serves as guidance for public sector bodies on protecting suppliers, their workforce and supply chains, helping to ensure service continuity now and into the future. 

The policy changes have been put in place with immediate effect until 30 June 2020, and the key actions are:

  • Urgent review of contract portfolio and inform suppliers who they believe are at risk that they will continue to be paid as normal (even if service delivery is disrupted or temporarily suspended) until at least the end of June.
  • Put in place the most appropriate payment measures to support supplier cash flow; this might include a range of approaches such as forward ordering, payment in advance/prepayment, interim payments and payment on order (not receipt). 
  • If the contract involves payment by results then payment should be on the basis of previous invoices, for example the average monthly payment over the previous three months. 
  • Ensure invoices submitted by suppliers are paid immediately on receipt (reconciliation can take place in slower time) in order to maintain cash flow in the supply chain and protect jobs.  
  • To qualify, suppliers should agree to act on an open book basis and make cost data available to the contracting authority during this period. They should continue to pay employees and flow down funding to their subcontractors. 

As a supplier, the final point highlights that during this period, you will need to work collaboratively and ensure there is full transparency and operate on an ‘open book’ basis. This means you should share data if requested, to demonstrate the payments you receive have been used in the manner intended.  

The PPN provides full details of how public sector bodies are to respond to issues that will affect contract delivery and are a direct result of COVID-19.

Click here to read the full PPN on GOV.uk

Funding available: Can you help find new ways to ease global disruption?

The outbreak of COVID-19 has created a totally unprecedented number of challenges individuals and businesses around the world.

Social distancing is forcing businesses to adapt rapidly and for others, it has unfortunately meant closing their doors permanently. Even with daily updates, there is uncertainty of what news tomorrow will bring and no clear indication of when things will return to normal.

In order to ease the impact of COVID-19, and any other possible global disruptions, the UK is investing up to £20 million to develop innovative and ambitious ideas to address the needs of society or industry.

If your business has the means to help, this competition could help you make a significant contribution to the nation, and secure up to £50,000 as an upfront payment to cover the costs of your project.

Competition guidelines

  • The competition is open until midday on Friday 17 April 2020
  • Businesses of any size may apply
  • Winning projects to be awarded grants of up to £50,000 and for them to last up to 6 months
  • Businesses can attract 100% of their project costs
  • Projects must start by June 2020
  • Projects with strong potential could attract follow-on funding.

The examples given on GOV.uk for project ideas include:

  • new platforms and software for music artists to stream live performances, connect remotely to their fan-base and allow global audiences to enjoy their live experience
  • new ways for families to connect with and remotely monitor their elderly or vulnerable relatives and ensure they are receiving what they need, including food deliveries, doctor appointments and help to pay bills
  • technology to help retailers to better respond better to spikes in customer demand, including to ensure they can deliver country-wide
  • new education tools that allow teachers to remotely set tasks that keep the whole class together, support vulnerable children and ensure no-one is left behind

Where to apply

The competition page with further information, and details of how to apply, can be accessed using the link below:
https://www.apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/covid19/overview.html

Who is running the competition?

The competition is being run by Innovate UK, which is part of UK Research and Innovation – a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. Their role is to drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.

For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk/about

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