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Timescales under the 2015 Public Contracts Regulations – updated

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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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Millstream at the Public Sector Show on 23rd June in London

Millstream will be attending the Public Sector Show on the 23rd of June at London’s Excel Centre.

We will be showcasing our mytenders etendering system which helps Buyers to compile and publish contract notices automatically to both Contracts Finder and OJEU and our Training and Consultancy services which are there to support you to get the most out of the mytenders system and tackle common procurement challenges and skills gaps.

Come down and see us on stand 352 opposite the Crown Commercial Services stand and find out more about what we do and how we can support you and your procurement teams to remain compliant with new legislation, simplify your procurement Continue reading “Millstream at the Public Sector Show on 23rd June in London”

No way to keep track of business opportunities without online system, Millstream warns

Public sector tendering opportunities are a valuable way to secure new business, with hundreds of local contracts published every week in every sector, from healthcare and IT to construction and transport.

Many local authorities, NHS trusts and government departments now handle procurement electronically to save money and time as well as ensuring compliance with the latest regulations.

It is therefore vital for businesses to ensure they do not miss out on any potential opportunities in their own local area, throughout the UK or mainland Europe, according to Tim Williams, managing director of electronic tendering specialist Millstream, which runs the Tenders Direct and myTenders websites.

Tim Williams, MD at Millstream Associates

Tim Williams, MD at Millstream Associates

“The days of the printed version of the Official Journal of European Union are long gone and there is no effective way to keep track of all the opportunities without using an online system, particularly in today’s fast-paced world of business,” said Tim, whose company recently won a contract to run the national procurement portal for the Welsh Government.

“Procurement processes will all be conducted entirely online in the near future and the Government’s target is for procurement to be completely electronic by 2016, so it’s vital that companies make sure they don’t miss anything.

“We aim to make it as easy as possible for purchasers in the public sector to advertise their tenders and to help small and medium sized companies to identify new business opportunities and crucially, to give them the best chance of winning that work.”

Tenders Direct was established by Tim in 1992, to make it easy for subscribers to find information on public contracts.

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eTendering – The Final Frontier or Just the Beginning…?

Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other.
Bill Gates

Today’s technology is high-speed and merciless; if you miss even one of the latest trends, you’ve practically fallen off the face of the earth. As purchasers move more and more into eProcurement and eTendering, are the suppliers, particularly SME’s feeling left behind?

Do not let eTendering pass you by! Keep reading and have a quick look at my checklist to help you with future eTenders… MORE

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