Tag: Public contracts

Public Sector Round-Up 07.05.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

936

620

316

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

111

57

402

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 30.04.21 & 06.05.21

In the news this week

Government to publish Levelling Up White Paper
The government will publish a landmark Levelling Up White Paper later this year, articulating how bold new policy interventions will improve opportunity and boost livelihoods across the country as we recover from the pandemic.

UK government to fund £37M into data-driven initiatives
UK health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock has pledged £37 million for genomics projects and for data-driven initiatives delivered through the Genome UK Implementation Plan and the UK Functional Genomics Initiative, which was launched in September 2019.
£20 million of this funding will be invested in initiatives to harness UK health data for life sciences research. This will include investment clinical trials and funding to develop medicines, vaccines and health technologies to support research such as the COVID vaccine trials, and studies supporting the earlier detection of disease.


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Oxford: Computer network services
Short description: To provide superfast broadband infrastructure for businesses operating in rural Oxfordshire which are not planned to be reached by any existing provider’s commercial plans, or under the existing Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme.
Published By: Oxfordshire County Council
Date Published: 03 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £6,313,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 1 (of which were SMEs: 0)
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 1 (of which were SMEs: 0)
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 2 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 2 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: British Telecommunications plc | Airband Community Internet Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Manchester: Laboratory, optical and precision equipments (excl. glasses)
Short description: Equipment provision to facilitate the creation of a UK National Research Facility (NRF) that will be accessible to both academics and industrial users with Manchester as the hub along with a number of spokes.
Published By: The University of Manchester
Date Published: 03 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £4,426,498.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 6
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 1
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 6
Number of tenders received, lot 5: 6
Contractors: FEI UK Ltd | Quantum Design UK and Ireland Ltd | Carl Zeiss Ltd | Diondo, GmbH
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Belfast: Bread products, fresh pastry goods and cakes
Short description: The supply and delivery of provisions including ambient, dairy and bread products.
Published by: The Northern Ireland Prison Service NIPS
Date Published: 05 May 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £6,419,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 5: 4
Contractors:
Withheld for Security Reasons
View full notice on Tenders Direct


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Tenders Direct is the UK’s most accurate tender alert service. We are the only service to guarantee that with us – you’ll never miss a tender.

For more information about we can help you find and win more work in the public sector, please visit www.tendersdirect.co.uk or call us on 0800 222 9009.

Public Sector Round-Up 30.04.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

1,042

685

357

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

122

55

574

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 23.04.21 & 29.04.21

In the news this week

Crown Commercial Service extends G-Cloud 12 to 2022
The G-Cloud 12 framework makes it easier for public buyers to access cloud computing solutions, and had the original end date of 27 September 2021 – which has now been extended for a further 12 months. This extension could allow more tech suppliers to enter the market and be considered for upcoming opportunities.
To start searching for related public contacts, please visit our category search here.

Proactis secures over £2 million worth of contracts
E-procurement specialists Proactis have secured more than £2m worth of contract renewals and new business over the last few months. 

Falkirk Council becomes ‘first’ Scottish local authority to ditch analogue telecare
Falkirk Council has become the ‘first’ local authority in Scotland to go live with a fully digital telecare service – four years before a national deadline that will see traditional analogue services switched off.

Westminster becomes ‘UK’s first’ local authority to install 1k EV charge points
Westminster has set itself at the forefront of the country’s electric vehicle (EV) revolution, with the announcement it has reached the milestone of 1,000 EV charge point installations – with a further 500 to be delivered by the first quarter of next year.
EV charge points are a growing source of opportunities with the public sector, to see what opportunities are available start searching at www.tendersdirect.co.uk

£1.8bn funding to keep schools in top condition
Every school in England will be able to access a share of almost £1.8bn this year to help keep their buildings in the best possible condition. That’s a lot of funding which will result in the creation of countless opportunities for work across England.


Do you know know how buyers evaluate your bids?
In his latest blog ‘What criteria do buyers use to evaluate bids?‘, Andrew Watson looks at how buyers score bids and choose who they will work with.
This is a great article if you would like a better understanding the considerations you should make when bidding for work with the public sector


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Worcester: Security services
Short description: Three contracts for manned guarding and concierge services, one of the contracts also covers key holding and waking watch services.
Published By: Sanctuary Housing Association
Date Published: 23 April 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £41,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 9
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 2
Contractors: Kingdom Security Ltd | G4S SECURE SOLUTIONS (UK) LIMITED
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Glasgow: Construction work for highways, roads
Short description: Various ancillary works in the vicinity of the A9 between Perth and Inverness, in advance of the A9 Dualling Schemes.
Published By: Transport Scotland
Date Published: 26 April 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £10,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 7
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 6
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 2
Contractors: Story Contracting Ltd | I & H Brown Ltd | McGowan Environmental Engineering Ltd | RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd | Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd | Roberston Construction Group Ltd | John Paul Construction | Morrison Construction
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Advertising and marketing services
Short description: Various lots under the marketing framework to enter into call-off agreements to provide services in one or more specified lots as required by Peabody.
Published by: Peabody Trust
Date Published: 26 April 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £6,750,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 64
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 3
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 26
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 18
Number of tenders received, lot 5: 20
Number of tenders received, lot 6: 12
Number of tenders received, lot 7: 25
Number of tenders received, lot 8: 17
Number of tenders received, lot 9: 56
Contractors:
Anatomy Brands Ltd | Aylesworth Fleming Ltd | Bandstand UK Ltd | Bell Integrated Communications Ltd | DS.Emotion Ltd | Four Communications Group | Fresh Lemon Ltd | Full Communications | HTA Design LLP | MakingGiants Ltd | Moyo Creative Ltd | Philosophy Design | Puttock Brown Ltd | Sesame Design Ltd | Strudel London Ltd | Think BDW Ltd | Wordsearch Communications Ltd | Hobs Reprographics | TPA Modelmakers Ltd | Ademchic Ltd | Bureau Workspace Ltd | Captivate Studio Ltd | F10 Studios | Ove Arup and Partners Ltd | River Film Communication Ltd | Service Graphics (a trading division of Paragon Group UK Ltd) | Tidywork Studio | Uniform Communications Ltd | Dapa Inc Ltd | Focus Experiential Ltd | Forward Fold Ltd | Studio Morton Ltd | Suna Interior Design Ltd | The Six Collective | Vesta | Core Media Services UK Ltd | DMA Signs Ltd | Lavastar Signs Ltd | Macro Art | Reade Signs Ltd | Darwin Press Ltd | Digitronix Ltd | Scanplus Ltd | Andrew Hendry Photographer | David Tett Photography Ltd | Full Communications | Tidywork Studio | Dynomite Productions Ltd | In The Dark Productions Ltd | JonesMillbank | Pinzutu FIlms
View full notice on Tenders Direct


This course is perfect for individuals who are comfortable with the tendering process but are looking to understand how to maximise their scores on social value answers in tendering.

Social value answers in tenders are increasingly being allocated higher weightings, and this course will help you improve your answers by helping you achieve the following:

◆ Understand what buying authorities mean by ‘social value’
◆ Learn why social value is included in tenders
◆ Understand how to measure and deliver social value
◆ Understand the different ways in which social value can be assessed in tenders
◆ Understand how to best answer social value questions

Thursday 24 June | 13:00 – 16:30 | Full course details


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Tenders Direct is the UK’s most accurate tender alert service. We are the only service to guarantee that with us – you’ll never miss a tender.

For more information about we can help you find and win more work in the public sector, please visit www.tendersdirect.co.uk or call us on 0800 222 9009.

Public Sector Round-Up 23.04.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

936

620

316

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

115

72

655
Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 16.04.21 & 23.04.21

In the news this week

Bid launched for £55m Highland transport investment
A bid for £55m worth of transport infrastructure in the highlands, has been submitted to Transport Scotland from a partnership made up of the Highland Council, bus operators and other stakeholders. The aim of the bid is to prioritise buses in congested parts of the network, making public transport more appealing and contributing to reducing the region’s carbon emissions. 
The proposal includes plans for park and ride sites around Inverness and Fort William, priority bus lanes and junctions, and mini park and ride sites across the strategic road network.
You can you use our location filters in your tender searches to filter results by region, and find the most relevant notices for you.

Moray Council roads budget in line for £3m boost
A budget worth £8.5 million has been agreed for the region’s roads network in 2021/22 – a £3 million increase from the previous year’s budget. Full carriageway resurfacing forms part of the budget, with drainage and street lighting also included.

Flood defences to be improved as part of £6m funding
Natural flood defences will be implemented in Harrow over a six-year period, and will also include works to improve public spaces and benefit the local environment. The proposed projects include:
◆ Stanmore Country Park – Flood storage area
◆ Bentley Priory – Flood storage area
◆ Temple Pond (Stanmore) – Increased pond volume/storage
◆ Chandos Park – Flood storage and wetlands area
◆ Edgware brook – River restoration
◆ Sustainable Drainage Solutions (SuDS) at various designated Critical Drainage Area


Our course dates for next month are:
◆ An introduction to Public Procurement and Bid Writing, 4-5 May
◆ Writing Compelling Bids, 11-12 May
◆ Advanced Bid Writing Skills, 18-19 May

These CPD accredited online courses will equip you or your team with the skills needed to create engaging proposals and win more work with the public sector.


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Bangor: Printed books, brochures and leaflets
Short description: The provision of printing services to deliver 48 sheet billboards, Adshel 6 Sheet and Solus Rears; Pull up Stands and A1 posters on paper, corrugated plastic and PVC foam board; PVC Bannering.
Published By: Ards and North Down Borough Council
Date Published: 19 April 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £831,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: G P S COLOUR GRAPHICS LTD
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Wakefield: Repair and maintenance services of wheelchairs
Short description: A wheelchair repair and maintenance contract for Service Users registered with the CCG, General Practitioners and specific locations governed by this contract.
Published By: Wakefield Council
Date Published: 19 April 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,440,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3 (of which were SMEs: 2)
Contractors: Ross Auto Engineering Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Birmingham: Demolition services of vehicles
Short description: Implement and manage a vehicle scrappage concession scheme to supply compliant vehicles to eligible grant recipients who meet the requirements of the worker vehicle scrappage scheme, and to dispose of their non-compliant vehicles.
Published by: Birmingham City Council
Date Published: 19 April 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £17,500,000.00
Number of tenders received: 2 (Of which are SMEs: 1)
Contractors:
Motorpoint Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


In this free webinar, we will be taking a broader look across public sector landscape since the start of the year with a focus on how to start developing a pipeline of public opportunities as restrictions ease, and best practice when deciding to bid on public sector opportunities. During this 45 minute webinar, we will give you the keys to restart your pipeline in for the remainder of 2021 through the following topics:

  • Summary of main changes to public procurement and what they mean for you as a supplier
  • How to decide whether public sector is for you, and the best ways to find public contracts in line with your business needs
  • Tips and proven methods of being prepared for winning public sector work
  • Free useful resources and contacts for attendees on the day

Wednesday 19 May | 13:00 – 13:45 | Register for free


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Tenders Direct is the UK’s most accurate tender alert service. We are the only service to guarantee that with us – you’ll never miss a tender.

For more information about we can help you find and win more work in the public sector, please visit www.tendersdirect.co.uk or call us on 0800 222 9009.

Public Sector Round-Up 05.02.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

1072

734

338

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

98

62

440

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 29.01.21 & 04.02.21

In the news this week

£33 billion investment in Scotland’s future
Significant capital investment in healthcare, education, transport and the environment within Scotland for the next five years has been set out. The funding will support 45,000 jobs with the creation of new healthcare facilities, schools and local facilities across Scotland.

◆ £110 million for digital public services transformation
◆ £50 million for Active Freeways
◆ £60 million for climate adaptation of the trunk road network
◆ £2 billion for education and learning facilities
◆ £600 million to strengthen connectivity across Scotland
◆ £1.5 billion towards transport
◆ £2.3 billion for healthcare

You can adjust your search filters on Tenders Direct to show results for any of the industries listed above, and even choose which region you would like to see results for. Try it for yourself at www.tendersdirect.co.uk

Councils urged to bid for extended electric vehicle chargepoints funding
Local authorities are being urged to apply for a share of £20m funding to increase the number of on-street electric vehicle chargepoints.
The On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) will cover 75% of the capital costs of procurement and installation, and is hoped to lead to 4,000 more chargepoints – doubling the number available across the UK.
Use our Electric Vehicle and Charging Equipment category to keep an eye out for related opportunities.


Bids, tenders, proposals. Whatever you call them, winning them is crucial.
We are not just a team of experts, as a company, we routinely win and deliver contracts directly with public and private sector buyers, so we know what works.
Whether your requirement is checking a bid before submission or reviewing your overall approach, we can help.
View our full range of services here: https://www.tendersdirect.co.uk/b/consultancy


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Catford: Surveillance and security systems and devices
Short description: Contract to design, supply, install and commission equipment to replace the existing central control room equipment, network and digital recording system and public space analogue cameras and wireless transmission equipment.
Published By: London Borough of Lewisham
Date Published: 04 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £984,876.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: EUROVIA INFRASTRUCTURE LTD
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Tunnel operation services
Short description: Maintenance and Management Contract for TfL Road Tunnels and Pumping Stations
Published By: Transport for London
Date Published: 02 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £200,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 4
Contractors: Kier Highways Limited
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Fire-prevention services
Short description: Provision of fire safety/waking watch services.
Published by: London Borough of Waltham Forest
Date Published: 01 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £3,600,000.00
Number of tenders received: 16 (of which were SMEs: 16)
Contractors: MPD FM Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


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Tenders Direct is the UK’s most accurate tender alert service. We are the only service to guarantee that with us – you’ll never miss a tender.

For more information about we can help you find and win more work in the public sector, please visit www.tendersdirect.co.uk or call us on 0800 222 9009.

Public Sector Round-Up 29.01.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

971

629

342

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

123

61

457

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 22.01.21 & 28.01.21

In the news this week

This week’s news articles are all focused on taking actions to combat climate change, and significantly reducing emissions by 2030.

Council secures £15m to combat Climate Change in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire County Council will use this funding to deliver several sustainability led projects at a number locations including school buildings, fire stations, libraries and offices. The money will go towards projects including:

◆ an air source heat pump at County Hall
◆ an air handling unit upgrade at Farnham House
◆ mass installation of solar panels at 23 fire stations
◆ energy efficient boiler systems at various schools
◆ improving building insulation

You can find contract opportunities in Hertfordshire, and other UK locations, by using our Tender Search and location filters.

West Berkshire Council announces plans for £10m solar farm
The plan would see more than 45,000 solar panels installed over 75 acres of council-owned land near Grazeley. According to feasibility studies, the solar farm would offset around 30% of the council’s carbon footprint.
Funding for the project will be included in the capital strategy and submitted for council approval on 2 March 2021.

£26.9m investment in carbon savings for County Council buildings and local schools
The green light has been given to projects which will improve the energy efficiency of local schools and council buildings.

◆£6.7 million for the installation of solar panels
◆£20.2 million window replacement programme

Around 370 Hampshire schools and several council buildings are expected to benefit from this funding.


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Top high value contract award notices

Title: UK-Stoke-on-Trent: Health and social work services
Short description: Contract to co-ordinate a single integrated All Age Carer Support Service with a single point of access for adult and young carers from age 5 across Stoke-on-Trent
Published By: Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Date Published: 22 January 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,460,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: North Staffs Carers Association
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Stratford: Hot-water boilers
Short description: Framework for the provision of Boilers for London and Quadrant’s self delivered new build projects.
Published By: Torbay Council
Date Published: 26 January 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £1,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 2
Contractors: Baxi Heating UK Ltd | Ideal Boilers Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Leicester: Food, beverages, tobacco and related products
Short description: Framework for the supply of frozen ready meal solutions that shall include complete single portion main meals and desserts and multi-portion meal components, including main and side dishes, desserts and sweet and savoury sauces.
Published by: ESPO
Date Published: 28 January 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £20,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 9 (of which were SMEs: 4)
Contractors: apetito Ltd | BFS Group Limited T/A Bidfood | County Enterprise Foods part of Nottinghamshire County Council | I Care (GB) Ltd | NH Case Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


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Tenders Direct is the UK’s most accurate tender alert service. We are the only service to guarantee that with us – you’ll never miss a tender.

For more information about we can help you find and win more work in the public sector, please visit www.tendersdirect.co.uk or call us on 0800 222 9009.

Public Sector Round-Up 15.01.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

974

638

336

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

110

44

470

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 08.01.21 & 14.01.21

In the news this week

Highways England urges local businesses to play a part in A30 Cornwall upgrade
Highways England is urging companies in and around Cornwall to play a part in the £330 million pound upgrade of the A30 between Chiverton and Carland Cross.
As construction activity increases, so will opportunities for the contractors and supply chain. The types of services and people required will include plant, fencing, track matting, catering, cleaning, accommodation and hospitality.
To find associated tenders and other relevant opportunities, you can use our Tender Search Tool to filter notices by industry and region.

Highways England funding resolves cycleway’s missing link
Highways England is investing £630,000 into the A36 Southampton Road in Salisbury, reducing the need for detours, dismounting and cycling within the carriageway. This is one of the many schemes made possible through the £169 million Users and Communities fund – which will improve routes for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders over the next 5 years.

Other ongoing projects include:
◆ £17 million of funding invested to enable Cornwall Council to deliver four major cycle routes alongside the busy A30;
◆ £1.2 million towards a cycle path upgrade and £1m towards the design of several other cycle routes around the Avonmouth area of Bristol;
◆ £675,000 towards improved cycle and footpaths and upgraded crossings on both the A35 and Sea Road South around Bridport.

Home building stats show sector is bouncing back
Support for the construction industry has resulted in an increase in the number of completed homes within the UK.
Official statistics show that 35,710 homes were started between July and September 2020 – a 111% increase on the previous quarter – while, 45,000 homes were completed in the same period, show a 185% increase.
To view related contracts for existing and future projects, please view our Tender Category Search.


Brexit has concluded – what’s changed?

With Brexit over and the UK no longer in the EU, some new changes have been made to public procurement.
To keep you informed of what has changed, we have an upcoming webinar as well as several posts you may find useful.

Free webinar: Tendering after Brexit – What is Find a Tender Service?
Brexit and Public Procurement
Low value tenders post Brexit – improved opportunities for SMEs
What is Find a Tender?


December Round-up and Observations from 2020

5,129 notices were published in December 2020, an incredibly positive number, breaking the trend of less opportunities being published in the run up to New Year. It’s an incredibly reassuring sign also considering factoring the impact of Brexit and Covid-19.
In our most recent post we look at the notices published in December 2020, find out what observations our Specialists made in 2020 that could have an impact on procurement in 2021.


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Sunderland: Construction work
Short description: A framework for minor building works mainly consisting of building refurbishments.
Published By: University of Sunderland
Date Published: 13 January 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £36,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 16 (of which were SMEs: 13)
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 18 (of which were SMEs: 12)
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 16 (of which were SMEs: 11)
Contractors: Birch Tree Northern Ltd | T. Manners and Sons Ltd | LIVECO Ltd T/A VEST Construction | Brims Construction Ltd | Esh Construction Ltd | Interserve Construction Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Truro: Solar photovoltaic modules
Short description: Framework for the supply and installation of solar panels across five lots with an additional lot for a consultant to carry out post installation checks. Panels to be installed in line with the IET code of practice for grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems.
Published By: Cornwall Council
Date Published: 14 January 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £40,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 10
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 13
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 11
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 12
Number of tenders received, lot 5: 11
Contractors: Cleanearth Energy | Sungift Solar | ZLC Energy | Natural Generation |
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Medical consumables
Short description: Non Sterile AGP Disposable Gowns
Published by: NHS National Services Scotland
Date Published: 14 January 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £1,660,210.00
Number of tenders received: 2
Contractors: Redwood TTM | Ilasco Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


Details of a free webinar about Brexit and Find a Tender. 20 January, 1pm to 1.45pm

For further discussions around Find a Tender, and what tendering after Brexit will be like.
Register for our free webinar, 20 January 2021, 1:00-1:45pm.

In the session we will cover:
◆ Procurement after Brexit, and the new Find a Tender Service
◆ What it means for public sector organisations and private companies
◆ What will happen with above threshold procurement (OJEU)
◆ How to best prepare and gear up for a successful 2021


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Tenders Direct is the UK’s most accurate tender alert service. We are the only service to guarantee that with us – you’ll never miss a tender.

For more information about we can help you find and win more work in the public sector, please visit www.tendersdirect.co.uk or call us on 0800 222 9009.

Essential Bid Writing Skills

What makes an effective bid writer?


What makes an effective bid writer?

No matter what size of business you operate, Bid Writers play a vital role in determining whether or not you will win new work. They are responsible for understanding how the business works, and interpreting your value to best suit the needs buyers.  

Tender writing is challenging and requires more than just being able to write. Effective bid writers must have the following skills: 

Communication 
Effective communication is a must. You will be preparing pages of content to not only inform potential clients, but also compel them to do business with you. Bids need to really sell your business and express why doing business with you is the right choice.   
 
Attention to detail 
One of the main causes of negative feedback from buyers is not answering the questions correctly. Bid writers must be able to fully understand what is being asked of them, and then ensure that everything the buyer has asked for and needs, is covered clearly within their proposal.   
 
Time-Management 
Bids cannot be rushed. The above skill of paying attention to detail cannot be fully utilised if the time constraints are unrealistic. Bid writers have to be able to effectively plan their work, allowing themselves the time to produce the highest quality bids.  
 
Strategic Thinking 
Another common complaint from buyers is the significant number of poor-quality proposals they have to read. Diving into a bid and answering questions as they appear is not a great strategy. As well as paying attention to the details, effective bid writers have to plan how they prepare their response based on the agreed bid strategy created beforehand. Without this ability, you can find yourself half-way through an answer, and realise what you’ve written isn’t coherently capturing the value your solutions bring to the buyer 


Bid writing training 

Effective bid writing is a skill that you can develop over many years. Each success and failure will give you a deeper understanding of the types of tenders you can go for, as well as identifying what buyers are looking for. With public tenders, buyers will issue feedback and this is incredibly useful for identifying your strengths and weaknesses. 

The problem with this method is time and investment. With no guarantee of success, a lot of resources will be utilised to gain the experience needed to become a competent bid writer. You can however accelerate this by learning from experts, considering their advice and using their methods. 

We offer a wide range of bid writing courses to help you flourish, no matter what your level is. We have beginner courses designed to hone your skills and help you get started, and can then offer more advanced courses to refine your skills further. We also have a range of free on-demand webinars, which are incredible valuable resources to anyone wishing to develop their bid writing abilities. 

For everything else, we can offer bespoke training and development services. Our consultants can work with you manage bids from start to finish, review your proposals before submission, or even write the proposals for you – showing you exactly how we would bid for work.
  


Training Courses 
View our beginner, intermediate and advanced training courses here. 

Webinars 
View our range of free upcoming and
on-demand webinars.

Consultancy 
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How do I find government contracts?


The public sector is made up of numerous organisations run by the government – this includes local councils, emergency services, armed forces and the NHS. Each of these organisations relies on the private sector to supply them with a wide range of goods, works and services, and on average spends over £290 billion on procurement each year.

To ensure there is a competitive marketplace, contracts must be published publicly, and be accessible to any supplier. This means whenever a public body has a procurement need, they have to advertise the contract online using any of the numerous publishing platforms (also known as advertising portals) available to them – details of these can be found at the end of this post.


The Problem with Finding Tenders

You could try and search for notices yourself using the websites above, but due to the sheer number of sources, especially for low-value notices, it would take a significant amount of effort to find suitable notices.

Even if you did find notices this way, they might not actually be as relevant as you had hoped. This is because of CPV codes. There is a CPV (Common Procurement Vocabulary) code for every product or service, and while buyers should use them to let suppliers know what they are looking for, many notices are coded incorrectly. This means they won’t appear in searches and you could miss out on these opportunities.

However, Tenders Direct allows you to avoid these issues by sourcing and reviewing every UK and ROI notice, then making them available to you in one accurate and easy to search database.


Tenders Direct – How does it work? 

We are able to provide full coverage of every tender published in the UK and ROI thanks to our team of Sourcing Specialists, who scour every source to find every tender published. Our Classification Specialists then review each of these notices for accuracy, and re-classify them according to product, service and industry. This Peer Review Process not only ensures you have access to every tender published; it also eliminates irrelevance so you only ever see notices that match your search criteria.

To help you stay ahead of the competition and have more time to prepare your bids, our tender alert service eliminates the need for manual searches by notifying you as soon as relevant opportunities are published. Our Client Experience Managers work with you to learn about your business, identify your needs, and develop your unique alert profile – ensuring you receive notifications tailored specifically to your requirements.

With a Tenders Direct subscription, we guarantee you will never miss a tender. Visit our website for more information about our services, or call our New Business Executives on 0800 222 9009 to discuss your needs.

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Tender Publishing Platforms UK 

Contracts Finder - for English contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies. 

Public Contracts Scotland – for all Scottish public procurement. 

Sell2Wales – for all Welsh public procurement.

eSourcing NI – for all public procurement in Northern Ireland.

Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) – for high-value tenders published in European Union countries.

Find a Tender – for all high-value notices published across the UK.

Public Buyer Specific – low-value tenders, which make up the majority of all public contracts, can be published on the buyer’s own website or through a third party service such as myTenders – meaning there are hundreds of sites used to publish notices. 


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For more information about we can help you find and win more work in the public sector, please visit tendersdirect.co.uk or call us on 0800 222 9009.

Public Sector Round-Up 04.12.20


Weekly UK tender publishing update

1,112

826

286

Total UK
Tenders
Low-Value
Tenders
OJEU
Tenders

133

57

362

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
OJEU
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 27.11.20 & 03.12.20


An incredible 6,469 tender notices were published across the UK & ROI last month, creating a significant number of opportunities to secure work for 2021. View the full stats for November 2020.


In the news this week

£29 million to be invested in Stoke-on-Trent’s transport network
The Transforming Cities Fund will allow for major improvements around Stoke-on-Trent and Longton train stations, along with new cycling and walking links, plus upgrades to city centre bus station.
The funding aims to better connect the community and open up access to jobs, housing and services.

Prime Minister announces £20m to grow medicines manufacturing in the UK
The Medicines and Diagnostic Manufacturing Transformation Fund will open up investment opportunities for medicine manufacturers in England, Scotland and Wales. The aim of this funding is to put UK companies ahead of global competitors in advanced medicines manufacturing, while helping them respond to future healthcare needs – and increasing the overall health resilience of the UK.


Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Glasgow: Ground investigation work
Short description: A Multi-supplier Framework Agreement (MFA) with a number of ground investigation contractors to carry out and report on ground investigation works of varying scope, complexity and value in connection with trunk road and other transport infrastructure schemes promoted by the Scottish Ministers through Transport Scotland. 
Date Published: 27 November 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £50,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 7 (Of which were SMEs: 5)
Contractors: Fugro GeoServices Ltd | Ian Farmer Associates (1998) Ltd | Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical Ltd | Soil Engineering Geoservices Ltd | WYG Group
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Construction work
Short description: The refurbishment of Highgate Newtown Community Centre and Fresh Youth Academy. The works will provide an estimated 1 754 m2 of community centre facilities, comprising Highgate Newtown Community Centre and the Fresh Youth Academy, and approximately 3 610 m2 of residential floor space.
Published By: London Borough of Camden
Date Published: 01 December 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £16,570,417.15
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: Farrans Construction trading as a division of Northstone (NI) Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Croydon: Scanning services
Short description: This requirement was to procure a replacement contract for scanning, processing and data extraction services which are located off HM Land Registry premises.
Date Published: 01 December 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £9,500,000.00
Number of tenders received: 6
Contractors: Xerox (UK) Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct



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What is a public tender?

Whenever the public sector has a need for goods, works, or services (which are over a certain contract value), they are required to publicly advertise this need, and encourage businesses to compete for the work.

This process is referred to as publishing an ‘Invitation to Tender’ or ‘ITT’, and the associated documents have become more commonly known as tenders.


Why are public tenders needed? 

As the public sector relies on public funding to make decisions, all procurement must be made respectfully, encourage free and open competition, achieve best value for money and ultimately benefit the public.   

These requirements prevent unethical procurement practices, while also allowing businesses, regardless of size, to enter the market. For more information about this, please read our article ‘6 reasons to do business with the Public Sector?’


What types of tender are there? 

 
Low and High Value Tenders

The value of a tender determines the rules in place for how the notice must be advertised.

High-Value Tenders, also known as Above Threshold Tenders, are those which have a value above the EU public procurement threshold, and must be advertised in the OJEU to encourage competition from other EU countries. From 1 January 2021, the rule will be changing and these notices will instead be posted to the new government portal ‘Find a Tender’. More information is still to be announced, but you can find out more in our article Brexit and Public Procurement. 

Low-Value Tenders, also known as Below Threshold Tenders, have a value which is below the EU threshold and are advertised within the UK. These contracts are much smaller than High-value tenders, making them a great starting point for businesses entering the market for the first time. The procedures for low-value notices are simpler, and bidding for these provides suppliers with valuable experience to help them go after high-value tenders in the future. For more information, read our article ‘Why we love low-value tenders’.  

For details on the current public procurement thresholds, please see ‘New Public Procurement thresholds 2020/2021’. 

Public Procurement Procedures

Open procedure 
Is the standard procedure and for public procurement within the UK. This type of procedure allows any business to respond to a tender, access associated documents and bid for the tender.  

Restricted Procedure 
Is a two-stage procedure which involves creating a shortlist of the most suitable suppliers, by having them first complete a selection questionnaire. Those shortlisted will receive an invitation to tender, and are allowed to bid for the contract. This type of procedure is generally used if a high volume of bidders is expected. 

Competitive Dialogue Procedure 
Is a multi-stage procedure which allows discussion with suppliers before issuing an invitation to tender. It is used where procurement needs are complex, and as with Restricted Procedures, bidders will first be shortlisted. After the selection stage, the requirements and solutions will be discussed with shortlisted suppliers. From these discussions, the requirements will be finalised and an invitation to tender will be issued. 
 
Competitive procedure with negotiation   
Is a multi-stage procedure which allows negotiation with suppliers after they have submitted their bids. This procedure includes a selection stage questionnaire, and the final negotiation stage is optional – as along as this has been stated within the tender. Much like the Competitive Dialogue Procedure, it is used where procurement needs are complex. 

Innovation partnership 
Is a unique procedure which is used when no goods, services or works exist to meet the procurement need. Selection stage questionnaires are used to identify the most suitable suppliers before invitations to tender are issued. The products produced as a result of this partnership may be purchased by the public body, but only if they meet the minimum requirements identified within the tender. 

Framework Agreement
Is an umbrella agreement that sets out the terms – particularly relating to price, quality and quantity – under which individual contracts (call-offs) can be awarded at any point during the lifespan of the framework. Frameworks are typically used when the buyer has identified a need for specific products or services but is unsure of the scope or time-frame. The agreements created give buyers access to a range of qualified suppliers, allowing them to avoid the need to continuously re-tender. Being an a framework does not guarantee work, as there may be multiple suppliers offering the same goods, works or services – in such instances, mini competitions or best value will determine who wins the work. Full details of these agreements can be found in ‘Framework Agreements: What you need to know’.

Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS)

Is similar to a framework, however new suppliers can join at any time, and is used for goods, works and services commonly available on the market. A DPS must be set-up using the restricted procedure, and the process is required to be entirely electronic. Unlike a framework, there is no limit on the number of suppliers that may join a DPS, and any supplier may join during the tender’s lifespan. DPS are used to streamline procurement for both buyers and suppliers, as suppliers only need to demonstrate suitability once, and buyers can award contracts quicker than other methods allow.


How do I find public tenders?

There are thousands of portals through which public bodies can publish their notices, and it would take a significant amount of time and effort to try and locate every opportunity relevant to your business.  

Thankfully, Tenders Direct eliminates your need to search for tenders by collating every UK and ROI notice in one place, and alerting you to the tenders you want to bid for. Our unique service ensures we are aware of every tender published, and allows us to guarantee that with Tenders Direct – you will never miss a public sector notice.   
   
Request a demo today and discover all the opportunities you could be bidding for.  

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