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Public Sector Round Up 31.07.20

Our top OJEU notices for this week include a wide scope of telecommunications work in Manchester, supply of gas materials in London and energy efficient street lighting in Bradford.
In the news this week we have seen plans for major cycle route improvement, significant road repair in the East and a £670m London towers Prior Information Notice.
Below you will also find a breakdown of the number of tenders published this week, along with stats for our featured industries.


Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Manchester: Telecommunications services
Short description: A wide scope of work which includes: renewal of ‘core stacks’, design of the proposed network upgrade, production of technical strategies, installation and renewal of life expired fibre optic cabling on Altrincham, Bury, Eccles, and City Centre Lines (approx 70 km).
Published By: Transport for Greater Manchester
Date Published: 28 July 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £7,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: telent Technology Services Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-London: Plumbing and heating materials
Short description: Gas materials (inc boilers and associated plumbing materials) supply contract.
Published By: Hyde Housing Association (The Hyde Group)
Date Published: 30 July 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £5,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: City Plumbing Supplies Holdings Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Bradford: Maintenance services of public-lighting installations and traffic lights
Short description: Work involving the replacement of old street lighting luminaires with LED units and replace life expired columns
Published by: Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Date Published: 30 July 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £35,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Amey OW Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login
HERE


UK tenders update and featured industries

759

584

175

Total UK Public
Sector Tenders
Low-Value noticesOJEU notices
Tenders published in the UK between 24.07.20 & 31.07.20

225+

60+

40+

Live Building Refurbishment, Alterations, Conversions, Minor Works, Major Works tendersLive Laboratory Equipment, Consumables, Plastics, & Managed Services tendersLive All Types of Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment tenders
Number of live UK tenders for each featured industry, as of 31.07.20

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In the news this week

Prime Minister launches £2bn cycling and walking revolution.
The funding will create:
◆ thousands of miles of protected cycle routes in towns and cities.
◆ more low traffic neighbourhoods
◆ more opportunities to access to e-bikes by setting up a new national e-bike programme
◆ a long term cycling programme and budget to ensure a guaranteed pipeline of funding.

Highways England to spend £114m on road improvements.
The comprehensive maintenance programme will include:
◆ Work on the A14 Brickfield bridge, replacing the existing bridge joint bearings, carrying out concrete repairs, resurfacing the road and renewing the road markings.
◆ Work on the M11 junction 11 Mill bridge, Replacing four bridge joints, re-waterproofing the bridge deck and repainting the bearings.
◆ Work on the A14 junction 32 Histon, replacing all road markings and studs where resurfacing has taken place.
◆ Work on M11 River Granta bridge, replacing two bridge joints, re-waterproofing the bridge deck and resurface.

Developers on notice for £670m west London towers scheme
Transport for London are gauging opinion from interested firms before launching the procurement process for:
◆ A block up to 25 storeys high on Bollo Lane comprising 195 homes and 520sq m of commercial space, with an outline planning application for a further 657 homes across eight more blocks of between eight and 18 storeys.
◆ An 800-home scheme currently in pre-application which will be built just north of Acton Town tube station on land which forms part of Ealing Common Depot, a rail depot for the London Underground built in 1905.


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Public Sector Round Up 24.07.20


In the news this week we have seen significant funding allocated to improving cycle routes in Wales, preventing flooding in England and making heavy industries more sustainable.
Our top OJEU notices for this week include construction at St. Thomas’ Hospital, parks maintenance in Kingston upon Thames and school cleaning in Slough.
We also have a breakdown of the number of tenders published this week, along with stats for our featured industries.
Across our tender database, there are over 32,400 live notices – from low value tenders to high value OJEU notices.

Tenders published in the last 7 days

752

541

211

Total UK Public
Sector Tenders
Low-Value noticesOJEU notices
Tenders published in the UK between 17.07.20 & 24.07.20

⇧12%

⇧15.5%

⇧6%

ConstructionHealthcareTech
Top performing sectors between 17.07.20 & 24.07.20 – % increase in live tenders in the last 7 days

1010+

370+

230+

Live Construction
Tenders
Live Healthcare
Tenders
Live Tech
Tenders
Number of live UK tenders for each featured industry, as of 24.07.20

In the last week we saw 752 tenders published across all sectors within the UK. with Healthcare seeing a significant 15.5% increase in the number of notices published.


In the News this week

Welsh Government to invest more than £50 million into making Wales a safer place to cycle and walk.
£38 million was announced today to make it safer for children and adults to get to school or work on foot, bike or scooter – in addition to the £15.4 million announced last month. Opportunities to be created from this funding include the building of walkways, cycle routes and footpath improvements.

Government to invest £5.2bn in long-term plan to tackle flooding in England.
◆ £200m go towards developing innovative projects such as sustainable drainage system and wildlife conservation.
◆ £170m to accelerate work on shovel-ready flood defence schemes starting in 2020.
◆ Around 2,000 new flood and coastal defences created.
◆ Up to 336,000 properties in England to be protected by 2027.

£350 million announced to cut emissions in heavy industry and support our nation’s net-zero target.
◆ £139 million to support the transition from natural gas to clean hydrogen power, and scaling up carbon capture and storage (CCS).
◆ £149 million to drive the use of innovative and recycled materials in heavy industry.
◆ £26 million to support more sustainable building techniques
◆ A £10 million boost for state of the art construction tech
◆ Opening up bids for a further £10million for R&D in the automotive sector, to help companies take cutting edge ideas from prototype to market


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Top OJEU Contract Award Notices

Title: United Kingdom-Kingston upon Thames: Parks maintenance services
Short description: Parks management and grounds maintenance — variation to extend contract for 9 months under PCRs 2015, Reg 72(1)(c).
Published By:
The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Date Published: 20 Julu 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £26,785,965.00
Number of tenders received: 7
Contractors: Idverde Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-London: Construction work for buildings relating to health
Short description: Development of the Triangle Site situated at St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London.
Date Published: 23 July 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £156,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 7
Contractors: Bouygues UK (trading as LinkCity)
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login
HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Slough: School cleaning services
Short description: Contracts to provide Ditton Park Academy and Grove Academy with a daily term time cleaning service and periodic cleaning during non-term time.
Published By: SASH Education Trust
Date Published: 23 July 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £964,000.00
Number of tenders received: 5 (of which were SMEs: 2)
Contractors: Hayward Services Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE


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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


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

Top Contract Award Notices this week 10/04/2020

In the last week, over 550 contract award notices were published across the UK – below you will find three of the top notices from the last 7 days. 


Title: United Kingdom-Caerphilly: Tyres for heavy/light-duty vehicles
Published By: National Procurement Service (Welsh Government)
Date Published: 03 April 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £64,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 9
Contractors: Vaculug Technologies, Tructyre Fleet Management Ltd, Direct Tyre Management Ltd, Exhaust,Tyres and Batteries (Worcester)Ltd, Inn Tyres Ltd, Kp Tyres, Tuf Treads, Protyre-Celtic Tyres

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: 07 April 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £445,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 6
Contractors: AbbVie Ltd, Amgen Ltd, Biogen Ltd, Fresenius Kabi Ltd.

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


Title: United Kingdom-Bedford: Construction work for highways, roads
Published By: Bedford Borough Council
Date Published: 09 April 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £20,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 4
Contractors: Hanson Quarry Products Europe Ltd

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


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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.


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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