We regularly receive queries regarding the minimum timescales that apply in each type of procurement procedure. These timescales specify the number of calendar days required between a notice being sent to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for publication and the deadline for submission of responses.
The timescales can often cause concern with both suppliers and buyers due to the delay between submission of a notice to the OJEU and it’s publication. It can take at least 48 hours for a notice to be published after it is submitted, during which time there is an embargo on it being advertised nationally (for more information please see this blog).
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Making your first breakthrough in the public sector can be just as much about your strategy and mindset as it is about the content and quality of your bids. You can maximise your chances of success by applying a few basic principles.
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There’s still time to book your place on one of our free webinars next week. If the dates don’t work for you, recordings of previous sessions can be accessed anytime.
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What is social value?
The purpose of social value in public procurement is to maximise the reach of public expenditure by ensuring that local communities, economies, and the environment benefit in some way from any given contract.
The requirements were introduced in part to address a perception that taxpayers were often not benefiting in any tangible way from public spending in their local area.
While cost remains the single most important metric in the award of a public contract, social value considerations can be scored with a weighting of up to 20%.
This has served to redefine the concept of value for money in publicly funded projects, placing more emphasis on going the extra mile than simply offering the lowest quote.
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What are framework agreements?
Frameworks are “umbrella agreements” that sets out the terms – particularly relating to price, quality and quantity – under which individual contracts (call-offs) can be awarded throughout the period of the agreement (normally a maximum of 4 years). They are typically used when the buyer(s) identify a need for specific products or services but are unsure of the scope or time-frame.
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If you’ve read the two previous blogs in this series – The Challenge and The Fix – you’ll understand the problem suppliers face in sourcing suitable public contracts and the mechanics of the Tenders Direct solution. In the final part, we look at how we help our customers complete the journey from finding a promising contract to winning it…
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In our last blog we outlined the challenge faced by suppliers when attempting to find suitable public sector contracts. Missing out on just one opportunity – particularly a framework agreement which can encompass many invitations to tender – is a nightmare scenario for any company. In this post we focus on how Tenders Direct prevents lucrative public work from passing our customers by.
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All businesses exist to overcome some sort of challenge on behalf of their clients. At Tenders Direct, we specialise in helping suppliers find – and win – public sector contracts. But aren’t public contract notices in the public domain? Surely this information is easy to find? Well, much like a needle in a haystack, relevant tenders for your business are out there but locating them is another matter.
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The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has announced a new version of the public sector contract with revised terms and conditions designed to make public work more accessible to smaller companies. Crown Representative for Small Business Emma Jones was quoted as saying:
“The new CCS contract is shorter and easier to understand and takes a more standardised approach. This should save SMEs time and money when deciding to bid for CCS deals and I welcome the approach.”
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Bridgeway receives The Queen‘s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development – 2017
In this case study we speak to Business Development Specialist Tom Foster to find out more about Bridgeway Consulting Ltd and their experience of using Tenders Direct.
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