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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.

Top Contract Award Notices this week 03/04/2020

In the last week, over 420 contract award notices were published in the UK. This means that even though businesses across the nation are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, public sector contracts are still being awarded, and work is being secured for the future. 

Below you will find three of the top contract award notices from the last 7 days. 


Title: United Kingdom-London: Financial and insurance services 
Published By: Financial Services Compensation Scheme 
Date Published: 27 March 2020 
Framework/DPS: No 
Value excluding VAT: £19,000,000
Number of tenders received: 1
Contractors: Deloitte LLP 

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


Title: United Kingdom-Aldgate: Hospital-bedding services 
Published By: Barts Health NHS Trust 
Date Published: 30 March 2020 
Framework/DPS: No 
Estimated value: £19,000,000 – 23,000,000 
Number of Tenders received:
Contractor: Linet UK Ltd 
 
Access the full tender notice with your Tenders Direct login details HERE


Title: United Kingdom-Chelmsford: Construction work
Published By: Essex County Council
Date Published: 30 March 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £400,000,000

Lot 1, Projects Valued Between GBP 0 and GBP 1 500 000
Number of Tender received:
10
Estimated Value: £25,000,000
Contractors:
Bakers of Danbury Contracts Ltd | Beardwell Construction Limited | Borras Construction Limited | Coulson & Son Ltd | NetZero Buildings Limited | Phelan Construction Ltd | SEH French Limited | TJ Evers Ltd | O. Seaman and Son Ltd | Rose Builders Ltd

Lot 2, Projects Valued Between GBP 1 000 000 and GBP 4 500 000
Number of Tender received:
11
Estimated Value:
£100,000,000
Contractors:
Barnes Construction | Beardwell Construction Limited | ENGIE Regeneration Limited | Kier Eastern | Morgan Sindall plc | Phelan Construction | R G Carter Ipswich | TJ Evers Ltd 

Lot 3, Projects Valued Over GBP 4 000 000
Number of Tender received:
10
Estimated Value:
250,000,000
Contractors:
BAM Construction | Barnes Construction | ENGIE Regeneration Limited | John Graham (Dromore) Ltd t/a Graham Construction | Kier Eastern | Morgan Sindall plc | R G Carter Ipswich | Willmott Dixon Holdings

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. 

Public sector contracts are still being published

While things may seem a little uncertain, we can assure you that there are still plenty of public sector contracts being published. We are keeping track of the number of  tenders we source, categorise and publish each day, and we have to say it’s looking good.

In March 2020 we saw: 

  • 2,938 new UK public sector tenders for March 2020 
  • 1003 new ROI public sector tenders for March 2020 
  • 20537 new EU public sector tenders for March 2020 

At the time of writing, on Tenders Direct we have: 

  • 2397 live UK tenders 
  • 885 live ROI tenders 
  • 20513 Live EU tenders 

These numbers mean there are an incredible number of opportunities for you to secure business now and in the future.

If you supply the public sector with goods or services that are in high demand right now, please keep an eye out for notices with accelerated timescales. Recent UK policy changes allow public sector buyers to speed up tendering procedures in order to secure resources as a ‘matter of urgency’.  

There may be increased competition for tenders with companies exploring new options of securing future business. If you have any doubts about the quality of your submissions, and would like some assistance, we do offer a range of virtual consultancy services.
Our experts can review your bids and highlight where you are going wrong or even take a more active role in the preparation of your submissions. 
If you would like any support, please get in touch on 0800 222 9009 or at support@tendersdirect.co.uk 

Changes to procurement policy: Responding to Covid-19

On March 18th, the government acknowledged the strain on the public sector by making changes to procurement policy, and ensuring resources can be sourced as a matter of urgency.

These policy changes allow for the following:

  1. direct award due to extreme urgency;
  2. direct award due to absence of competition or protection of exclusive rights;
  3. call off from an existing framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system;
  4. call for competition using a standard procedure with accelerated timescales;
  5. extending or modifying a contract during its term.

What does this mean for suppliers?

If buyers can demonstrate that they have an ‘extreme urgency’ for goods, services or works, and/or there are no other suitable suppliers, they can enter into contracts without competing or advertising as long as they have satisfied several criteria categories. On top of this, buyers also have the ability to make changes or extend existing agreements.

For accelerated timescales, you will have to pay very close attention to tender notices:

  • Check your tender alerts thoroughly.
  • Make sure you have the people and resources needed to complete your bid.
  • Ensure your pricing strategy works for your business.
  • Check you have addressed all the key criteria.  

For suppliers providing ‘non-urgent’ goods and services

Despite uncertainty with other industries, the public sector will always have a requirement for goods and services. In the last week, the number of tender notices published for the UK was 1613, which is not far off the weekly average of 1664 seen in 2019. Looking across the UK, ROI and EU, there are around 25,000 live notices.

There is reassurance in knowing that there is still a drive to maintain normality during such unprecedented circumstances. We will be keeping a close eye on these figures and letting you know if there are significant changes and providing you with more insight into the sectors that may be affected.


We hope your workplace has not been affected too dramatically by the unprecedented situations caused by COVID-19.

Wishing you the best of health.


Rapid sanitising technology for ambulances needed to combat Coronavirus

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for innovative and novel ways of cleaning ambulances quickly to help combat Coronavirus.

After transporting a patient suspected of having COVID-19, it can take up to 45 minutes to clean the ambulance used. When you also consider that many ambulance cleaning facilities are located some distance from their hospital or base, current methods are adding delays onto a significantly busy service.

With their new Open Call for Innovation, DASA are seeking help to identify rapid sanitising technology for ambulances. The deadline was originally listed as 1 April 2020 – since first publishing this post, the deadline has been removed and the call is still live.

DASA are looking for solutions which can be deployed rapidly, and will be suitable for use beyond ambulances – trains, buses and even in rooms. There is a particular interest in mobile, easy to use and robust solutions.

More information about this Open Call for Innovation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-call-for-rapid-sanitising-technology-for-ambulances

Budget 2020: What suppliers need to know

The UK’s first Budget as a non-EU state was announced on 11th March 2020 by Chancellor Rishi Sunak – who had only 4 weeks preparation time, after the surprise resignation of his predecessor Sajid Javid.

There were plenty of predictions for what we could expect to see within the budget, including tampon tax, tuition fees and inheritance tax (all of which were covered). However, for this post we will look at the announcements that are significant to suppliers seeking public sector contracts.

Heathcare

Coronavirus is a big issue as it can, and likely will, affect most businesses across the UK.
The Chancellor mentioned that there will be ‘significant impact on the UK economy,’ but this will be short lived and ‘life will return to normal’.
To combat the risk of 1/5 of the working age population being off work, the NHS will receive the funding it needs ‘whether it’s millions of pounds or billions of pounds’, to combat this virus.
The three point Coronavirus outbreak plan has a value of £30bn – but will receive further funding if necessary.

An extra £6bn will be spent on the NHS to pay for 40 new hospitals, 50,000 nurses, and 50 million more GP surgery appointments.
This is in addition to the £34bn which has already been promised to the NHS over the next 5 years.

Construction

£5.2bn was announced to help protect over 300,000 properties across England from flooding over the next 6 years.

The biggest investment in infrastructure since 1955 was announced with a budget of £600bn – this will be divided as follows:

  • £790m for England
  • £640m for Scotland
  • £360m for Wales
  • £210 for Northern Ireland

A significant £2.5bn pothole fund was announced to tackle an estimated 50m potholes across England over the next 5 years.

Housing

A safety fund of £1bn will be used to remove unsafe cladding from buildings above 18 metres tall in response to the Grenfell fire.

Affordable homes programme extended, with £1.1bn allocated to create 70,000 new homes in high demand areas. 

£650m will be used to tackle homelessness, with the aim of providing an extra 6,000 places for rough sleepers.

Environment

The government are keen to promote greener transport and have allocated £500m towards creating new electric car charging points.

A £270m Green Heat Networks scheme will encourage the adoption of low carbon heat sources.

£640m Nature for Climate Fund will plant over 40 million trees and restore 35,000 hectares of peatland across England.

£9.2 million funding package to introduce smart waste tracking and schemes to tackle fly-tipping more effectively

Innovation

By 2024, the government wishes to invest £22bn a year into innovation. This is £4bn more than previously promised, and is claimed to be ‘the fastest and largest increase in R&D spend ever’.

‘The government will invest that money in the people, ideas and industries that will cement the UK’s world-leading position in science and technologies ranging from nuclear fusion to electric vehicles and life sciences.’

With such a significant investment, many exciting opportunities will open up for a range of organisations, helping the UK hold a leading position in science Post-Brexit.

What impact will this have on public procurement?

The impact of Corona virus will be unavoidable, but the measures the government are willing to take are reassuring. The significant investment in prevention and treatment will limit the impact this virus has on the workforce and business as a whole.

Overall, the substantial investment in health and infrastructure can only result in more contract opportunities for suppliers. The public sector will need companies to build hospitals, fix roads and develop housing.

Most interesting is the investment in ‘Innovation’. This funding will give suppliers scope to help the UK hold world-leading positions across numerous sectors – creating opportunities where there might have been none previously.

Now that the budget has been announced, contracts will be getting drawn up and issued promptly. Ensure you get notified of these opportunities first with www.tendersdirect.co.uk

If you have any questions or thoughts on the budget, leave them in the comments below.

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