Tag: public sector

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.

What criteria do buyers use to evaluate bids?

When you’re considering whether to bid for a piece of work in the public sector there are many considerations to be made. One of the most critical questions you have to answer is:

How will the buyer be evaluating the bids and choosing who to work with? 

If you’ve a good understanding of the competitive landscape and where you stand within it, this question could be the difference between deciding to bid or not. 

Within the public sector, any published tender you look at will have clearly defined criteria against which the buyer will be assessing responses. 

For the most basic level of consideration, your submission will be checked to make sure you have provided all requested information – provision of accounts, proof of insurance, all questions answered. This qualification section of the response usually results in companies being passed or failed (as opposed to being scored). It’s only after passing this stage that your proposal will actually be assessed and scored.  


The Scoring Stage

The scoring stage focuses on two components to evaluate your bids – Commercial (pricing) and Quality (which will often include Social Value). The importance of each component will be stated in the documents and varies from tender to tender – one submission could be 80% price, 20% quality whereas another could be 80% quality, 20% price. Your score for each component will be combined to provide your overall score, which will be compared against the other submissions. 

From this scoring, one or more bidders will be successful in either securing the work or gaining access to framework. 


How the pricing in your bid is evaluated 

There are different ways for price scoring to be calculated, and it will always be clearly stated in the document pack which method the buyer will be using. 

By far the most common way is for the prices of the bidders to be compared against each other and for the lowest overall price to be awarded the full allocation of marks.  The other bidders will be awarded marks in proportion to their price versus the lowest price.

Company 1 Company 2 Company 3 
Bid value £100,000  £116,279 £122,448 
Score 60% 52% 49% 
Calculation N/A (£100,000/£116,279)  
x 60% = 52% 
(£100,000/£122,448)  
x 60% = 49% 
Example: Commercial is worth 60% of tender 
In this example, the company with the lowest price will be awarded the highest score (60%) and the scores of the other companies will be a proportion of this. 

It’s worth noting that often there will be maximum price set by the buying authority and any bids that are over this won’t be considered. For some projects the authority has a pretty good idea on where costs should be and the maximum price will be set quite keenly. 


How the quality of your bid is evaluated 

Unlike price, quality is usually evaluated in absolute terms, meaning that each submission is assessed independently of the others. 

For quality, there will be number of questions each with its own weighting to reflect the importance of that answer.  

QuestionWeightingPossible
Scoring
Company
Score
% Score
120%0-555/5 x 20% = 20% 
220% 0-5 44/5 x 20% = 16% 
320% 0-5 33/5 x 20% = 12% 
420% 0-5 33/5 x 20% = 12% 
520% 0-5 55/5 x 20% = 20% 
Total20/2580%
Weighted Total80% x 40% = 32%
Example: Overall quality is worth 40% of tender 
For each question you can be awarded a score of anywhere between 0-5, based on the quality of each answer and there are five questions in total.

How the overall score for your bid is calculated 

Once your price and quality score have been calculated they will be combined and the bidder(s) with the highest overall score will be the winner(s). 

Company 1 Company 2 Company 3
Commercial (Price) Score 60%52%49%
Quality Score 22%32%32%
Total 82%84%81%
Example: Total Scores 
In this example we tally the scores of our three companies. We can see that even though Company 1 has the best price, they were let down by the quality of their answers. The quality of the answers from Company 3 was on par with Company 2, however their pricing cost them the contract.  

What should I look out for when writing bids? 

From the tender documents provided, it should always be clear how the submissions will be assessed. You should always expect to see:
 
◆ Price weighting and criteria 
◆ Quality weighting and criteria 
◆ Number of suppliers that will be awarded 

From the first stages of planning you need to consider each of these factors – making sure the opportunity is viable, and that your approach to the bid reflects how it will be scored:   

◆ If the bid is very heavily weighted towards quality how much sense would it be to focus on a very low cost, low quality solution? 
◆ Can you meet the buyer’s criteria for an acceptable price? 
◆ Do you have quality advantages over your competitors that you can evidence for a tender that is heavily weighted towards quality? 


Bid writing support and training   

We have a range of other articles and resources which may be useful for helping you with your tender writing needs. You can find details of these below.
 
If you would like would like to have structured learning to develop your skills, we offer online training courses split over two half-days. We have courses for beginners as well as more advanced courses for experienced bidders. If you have already started a proposal for tender and are in need of support, we do also have consultants who can offer a wide range of support to help you get you bid in on time.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me directly or visit our Consultancy Services page. 
 
Andrew Watson 
Bid Consultancy and Training Manager 
Tel: 07384 818 704  
E-mail: andrew.watson@proactis.com  


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A 9 step tender writing process detailing the most efficient way of planning your proposals.

Q: What are my chances
of winning a tender?
A lot of people have doubts about their chances of winning, and here we explore this is a very common question.  

Essential Bid Writing Skills
Details of the essential skills every
Bid Writer should have. 

Access our free 
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A library of our past webinar recording covering a wide range of topics for bid writers of all levels. 


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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 26.02.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

916

729

187

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

90

26

385

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 19.02.21 & 25.02.21

In the news this week

£15 million for education technology in Welsh schools next year
The Welsh Government has announced that it will invest a further £15m towards providing educational technology for schools in the next financial year. The funding is a continuation of the Hwb EdTech programme, which has seen over £92m of investment over the last two years.
So far, the Hwb EdTech programme has seen:  
◆ The provision of 128,000 devices since the start of the pandemic, with 54,000 to be delivered in the coming weeks
◆ 10,000 re-purposed devices issued to ‘digitally excluded’ learners
◆ 10,848 MiFi devices for learners without internet access at home
◆ 300,000 digital infrastructure products, including cabling, switches and WiFi devices

Council approves spending £1.7million on new cycling route through Ancoats
Manchester Council plans for a new £1.7m city centre cycling route have been approved. The plans for a cycle route were not included in the original £9.1m upgrade of Great Ancoats Street, which is in the final stages of completion. A £2.3m pedestrianisation plan was also signed off for the Northern Quarter of Manchester, which will see temporary street closures made permanent with new footpaths built in.
In total the projects will have created over £13m worth of opportunities, and is part of the culture change across the UK to provide spaces with greater social distancing and to encourage more active transport.


Take your bid writing skills to the next level with our Advanced Bid Writing Skills online training course.

In this CPD accredited course, you will learn how to:
◆ Construct a robust bank of evidence
◆ Formulate a detailed storyboard of your bid
◆ Examine ways to effectively improve tender responses
◆ Effectively review and edit tender responses

We have availability on the following dates:
◆ 23 – 24 March, 13:00 – 16:30
◆ 20 – 21 April, 13:00 – 16:30

View full course details and book your place: https://www.tendersdirect.co.uk/b/advanced-bid-writing


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Birmingham: Repair and maintenance services
Short description: Servicing and repairs of automated doors, gates and barriers across all Housing 21 courts in England – consisting of 581 assets across 179 locations.
Published By: Housing 21
Date Published: 23 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £3,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 9 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: Houlder Ltd | ABCA Systems Ltd | Multi Glazing Systems
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cleaning and sanitation services
Short description: Requirement for suitably qualified contractors to provide the water management services to sheltered housing schemes where communal water systems exist across.
Published By: Home Group
Date Published: 23 February 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £1,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 8 (of which were SMEs: 5)
Contractors: H2O Nationwide Ltd | Total Environmental Compliance Limited | Integrated Water Services Ltd |
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Southampton: Digital mapping services
Short description: Provision of geospatial data services including maintenance and manipulation mapping data.
Published by: Ordnance Survey
Date Published: 23 February 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £30,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 10 (of which were SMEs: 2)
Contractors:
Cyient Europe Limited | Landmark Information Group Limited | IIC Technologies Limited
View full notice on Tenders Direct


Bringing an experienced Bid Writer in to help form your response can provide you with the winning edge. However, when considering using a consultant, we advise you fully assess the resources available to you to first identify what skills you’re missing. We’ve seen businesses enquire about support which they had internal resource for, and others who started bids blindly only to encounter issues down the line.

In our upcoming free webinar we’ll help you make informed decisions when deciding whether or not you require the support of an external Bid Writer.

Our webinar will be held on Wednesday, 23 March 2021, 1.00-1.45pm, and will cover the following topics:
◆ How to assess your resources, identifying strengths and weaknesses
◆ When to consider using a bid writer
◆ The pros and cons of both options
◆ Getting the most from a consultant

To attend, please register here.


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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 19.02.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

920

832

88

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

106

16

299

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 05.02.21 & 11.02.21

In the news this week

Government to bring an end to unsafe cladding with multi-billion pound intervention
The government has announced that it is committing £3.5bn to pay for the removal of unsafe cladding on residential buildings 18 metres (6 storeys) and over in England.
The government also plans to reduce the need for EWS1 forms, introduce a ‘Gateway 2’ developer levy, and start a new tax for the UK residential property development sector – to raise at least £2 billion over the next decade to help cover cladding remediation costs.

Record year for UK’s £8.9bn cyber security sector
A new government report shows that the UK’s growing cyber industry attracted record investment last year, despite the global pandemic.
◆ almost 50,000 people are now employed in UK cyber security
◆ Number of active cyber security firms in the UK increased 21 per cent on last year
◆ Sector contributed more than £4bn to the economy, attracting £800m of investment
◆ The industry continues to provided vital technical support to the NHS in the fight against coronavirus

With Covid-19 forcing organisations to adjust and adapt to new ways of working, there has been a significant demand for cyber security, and wider tech solutions. Looking at the number live notices for the industry, there are many opportunities available for IT businesses within the public sector. You can use our category searches to view all available IT Security Tenders or use this link to see every IT Related Tender.


Bringing an experienced Bid Writer in to help form your response can provide you with the winning edge. However, when considering using a consultant, we advise you fully assess the resources available to you to first identify what skills you’re missing. We’ve seen businesses enquire about support which they had internal resource for, and others who started bids blindly only to encounter issues down the line.

In our upcoming free webinar we’ll help you make informed decisions when deciding whether or not you require the support of an external Bid Writer.

Our webinar will be held on Wednesday, 23 March 2021, 1.00-1.45pm, and will cover the following topics:
◆ How to assess your resources, identifying strengths and weaknesses
◆ When to consider using a bid writer
◆ The pros and cons of both options
◆ Getting the most from a consultant

To attend, please register here.


Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Aberdeen: Technical support services
Short description: Contract to develop a tendering technical specification and associated plans for the procurement of a new vessel in the near future.
Published By: Scottish Government
Date Published: 12 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £740,842.00
Number of tenders received: 13 (of which were SMEs: 9)
Contractors: Houlder Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Southend-on-Sea: Industrial machinery
Short description: a contract for the design, supply, installation and maintenance of cremator equipment to be placed in Southend Crematorium.
Published By: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Date Published: 12 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £2,200,000.00
Number of tenders received: 1
Contractors: Facultatieve Technologies Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Belfast: Investigation and security
Short description: a framework arrangement for the provision of a range of security services. 
Published by: NIE Networks Ltd
Date Published: 16 February 2021
Framework/DPS: yes
Value excluding VAT: £3,314,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 1
Number of tenders received, lot 2:
5
Number of tenders received, lot 3:
1
Contractors: RE:SURE Intelligence Ltd | Electronic and Security Services Ltd | BIDVEST Noonan (UK) 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 12.02.21

Weekly UK tender publishing update

1,091

744

347

Total UK
Tenders
Low Value
Tenders
High Value
Tenders

106

64

518

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
High Value
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 05.02.21 & 11.02.21

In the news this week

New £10 million fund to drive private sector investment in nature
A new environment improvement fund will create numerous opportunities for businesses, by allowing them to seek grants of up to £100,000 or bid for contracts to help local authorities implement their own environmentally friendly projects.
The Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund aims to encourage a range of nature projects across England, with the intent of developing them to a point where they can attract private investment. The aim is to create a pipeline of projects for the private sector to invest in, and develop new funding models that can be replicated elsewhere.

Wales commits to net zero by 2050, but sets out ambitions to get there sooner
The Welsh Government has set out its legal commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, but is pushing to make significant improvements by 2030.
Their plan focuses on achieving cleaner air, ending harmful agricultural pollution, moving from fossil fuel extraction and towards green energy, as well as working towards a net zero public sector in Wales by 2030 and making Wales a zero waste nation.
We have seen a lot of projects already in other parts of the UK which aim to reduce environmental impact by replacing windows, improving insulation, adding solar panels and other improvements to cut public sector emissions. With wales making a significant effort for the entire public sector, there will be numerous contract opportunities created as a result.
Our tender search filters allow you to adjust results by region, and by industry. Start searching for opportunities today: www.tendersdirect.co.uk

Voi launches long term scooter rental in West of England
The West of England Combined Authority will be the first place in the UK to offer long-term e-scooter rental, with residents able to keep a Voi vehicle at home for months at a time.
E-scooters are getting a lot of attention as greener and socially distanced forms of transport. The WECA started their e-scooters trials last year, but other regions are looking to run similar projects. This week alone both Rochdale and Colchester provided updates on their own e-scooter trials.



Top high value contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Preston: Security services
Short description: Manned security service across several business parks to protect the properties on site and prevent unauthorised access to the premises.
Published By: Lancashire County Developments (Property) Ltd
Date Published: 10 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £932,755.20
Number of tenders received: 17
Contractors: FGH Security LtdFGH Security Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Cargo handling and storage services
Short description: a multi-supplier framework for the packing and transport of fine art, objects, storage of works, entire exhibitions and exhibition fixtures and fittings.
Published By: The Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London
Date Published: 10 February 2021
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: €3,800,000.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: MTEC Momart Crown Martinspeed | Constantine
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Weston-Super-Mare: Construction work for highways, roads
Short description: Replacement road over rail bridge at Winterstoke Road, Weston-super-Mare
Published by: North Somerset Council
Date Published: 10 February 2021
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £6,440,664.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: John Graham Construction Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct


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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 11.12.20


Weekly UK tender publishing update

1,133

797

336

Total UK
Tenders
Low-Value
Tenders
OJEU
Tenders

63

65

276

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
OJEU
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 04.11.20 & 10.12.20

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In the news this week

Procurement Policy Note – The Construction Playbook
The UK Government have published a Construction Playbook, which sets out 14 policies for how procurement for public works projects and programmes should be conducted. The PPN applies to Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies. The guidance within the playbook is, however, considered to be good practice, and the wider UK public sector is encouraged to acknowledge the policies detailed within.
The Playbook also addresses the key role of construction in Covid-19 recovery, and how the sector will contribute towards the UK’s environmental objectives.


Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Gloucester: Construction work
Short description: A 2-year contract for the provision of surfacing works for Gloucestershire County Council from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2022. 
Published by: Gloucestershire County Council
Date Published: 04 December 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £55,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Tarmac Trading Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Worthing: Construction work for multi-dwelling buildings and individual houses
Short description: The project consists of the construction of two separate buildings, served by on joint access road entrance building. Block one consists of 29 apartments and block two of 15 apartments, together with the provision of all associated services.
Published By: Adur District Council
Date Published: 04 December 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £9,978,301.24
Number of tenders received: 3 (Of which were SMEs: 2)
Contractors: Westridge Construction LTd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Environmental auditing
Short description: This requirement is to source a number of suppliers to provide consultant support to the Environment Agency’s Climate Change, Trading and Regulatory Services team (CCTRS), with skills, knowledge and experience to support our operational activities.
Published By: Defra Network eTendering Portal
Date Published: 04 December 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £2,650,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 2
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 6
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 3
Contractors: Ricardo-AEA Ltd | Capita Property and Infrastructure Ltd | Jacobs UK Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct



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Public Sector Round-Up 27.11.20


UK tender publishing update

1204

849

355

Total UK
Tenders
Low-Value
Tenders
OJEU
Tenders

123

71

396

Frameworks
or DPS
Prior Information
Notices
OJEU
Award Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 20.11.20 & 27.11.20

With 1204 tender notices published, this week has one of the highest weekly totals seen this year.

We currently have over 4700 UK live notices, across a range of industries. To see what opportunities have been created for your industry, use our search categories and filters to find opportunities relevant to you.


In the news this week

£10 billion package to build more homes and level up communities
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will receive £10 billion of funding in the next financial year to build more homes and improve communities across England.

  • £7.1 billion National Home Building Fund to build more affordable, sustainable and beautiful homes across England, over the next 4 years.
  • Funding to level up and strengthen communities, including new £4 billion Levelling Up Fund
  • More than £70 million to implement an ambitious package of new laws to improve building safety

The National Home Building Fund aims to shake up the housing market by backing smaller developers, unlocking brownfield land and supporting innovative construction techniques. It is expected that this will create up to 660,000 jobs and around 860,000 homes.


HMRC and Home Office the big winners as spending review commits £600m to ‘fix outdated government IT’
New funding has been announced to bring government technology up to date. The funds will be used to ensure core systems can better support administration by making them more secure, reducing risk of failures and improving efficiency.

  • HMRC has been awarded £268m
  • The Home Office has been awarded £232m
  • The Department for Education will receive £64m
  • The Ministry of Justice will receive £40m

This review is only a one-year stopgap measure, with a full, four-year review due to take place next year. View our Tech categories to see current public sector opportunities, or register to receive alerts relevant to your industry – direct to your inbox.


Manchester council writes to government calling for extra funding for parks
We have seen a lot of articles similar to this one this year, and seen plenty of notices published to improve outdoor spaces across the UK in response to the outbreak.
Developing outdoor spaces can create numerous opportunities for contractors, and it could be worthwhile keeping an eye out for similar stories, developing a relationship with the potential buyers, and staying aware of updates.


Extraordinary notices

Title: UK-St Helens: M&Y Maintenance & Construction Subcontractor Dynamic Purchasing System v2
Short description: A DPS for the provision of sub-contractors to assist with the delivery of a wide range of service including repairs, maintenance, refurbishment and construction. The DPS has been sub-divided into 49 categories; sub-contractors can apply for one or more categories. It is intended that the DPS will run for an initial period of 10 years. 
Published By: Regenda Limited
Date Published: 23 November 2020
Deadline: 15 November 2030
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £461,750,000
View full notice on Tenders Direct



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Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Manchester: International payment transfer services
Short description: Manchester Metropolitan University (‘the University’) is seeking to appoint through a competitive tender process, a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to deliver an integrated payment platform and all related payment functionality. 
Published By: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date Published: 20 November 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £2,400,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Flywire Payments Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-Birkenhead: Construction work for buildings relating to health
Short description: The provision of a Health and Wellbeing Centre – approximately 2 200 m2 of accommodation for health and social care services, with a small provision for a commercial opportunity space on the ground floor.
Published By: Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Date Published: 25 November 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £5,329,056.00
Number of tenders received: 4 (Of which were SMEs: 4)
Contractors: Eric Wright Construction Ltd
View full notice on Tenders Direct

Title: United Kingdom-London: Construction work for railways and cable transport systems
Short description: The provision of signalling civils works, location case, signal bases and cable route works to support the main signalling project.
Published By: Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
Date Published: 25 November 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £17,634,009.90
Number of tenders received: 5 (Of which were SMEs: 5)
Contractors: Global Rail Construction
View full notice on Tenders Direct


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6 reasons why you should do business with the Public Sector

On average the UK Government spends £292 billion a year, more than a third of all public spending, on procuring goods, works and services from external suppliers. This money generates over 50,000 new business opportunities a year for many different industries.  


What is the Public Sector? 


The Public Sector is typically made up of not-for-profit organisations owned by central, national and local governments, for the benefit of their citizens. They cover areas such as defence, education, fire services, healthcare, police and refuse collection. 
 
As the public sector relies on public funding to make decisions, they are required to ensure their financial decisions are made respectfully, encourage free and open competition, achieve best value for money, and ultimately benefit the public. 


Reasons to tender for public sector work

  1. All contracts must be open and accessible – meaning no matter what size your business is, if you meet the criteria and can deliver the tender requirements, you have a fair chance of winning the work. This is different to private procurement where the buyer can choose who to inform of their procurement needs, and who to do business with.    
  1. The public sector wants to award work to SMEs – by 2022 the UK Government wants 33% of all public contracts to awarded to SMEs. SMEs make up 99% of all UK businesses and are vital for the economy.  
  1. 30 day payment period – all invoices for contracted work must be processed by public bodies within 30 days of receiving them, ensuring businesses get paid promptly. Lengthy payment periods can be an issue within the private sector, where larger businesses can dictate when they issue payment. 
  1. Transparent Tendering process – nothing is hidden in public procurement, decisions made are transparent, and suppliers will receive feedback if they did not win a contract. Private buyers do not have to make their processes public, and have no obligations to provide feedback to suppliers.  
  1. Most Economically Advantageous Tenders (MEAT) – is the chosen method of proposal assessment, meaning contract awards are not just based on price, and consider the wider aspects of tender submissions. Social Value is a major consideration in contract awards, and with the Procurement Policy Note – Taking Account of Social Value in the Award of Central Government Contracts, five key themes have been highlighted for central government contracts: COVID-19 recovery, tackling economic inequality, fighting climate change, equal opportunity, and wellbeing. 
  1. Continuously improving processes – to make bidding for work easier and less time consuming, the public sector continually work to improve their processes. Single Procurement Documents are a great example – where these are used, only the winning bidder needs to provide the required documents, saving you significant time and effort. 

Finding public Sector Work 

The public sector offers a reliable source of new business.   
 
From stationary to infrastructure and everything in between, the public sector needs suppliers like you. All notices must be publicly accessible online no matter the size, for any supplier to view and bid for.   
  
There are thousands of portals through which public bodies can publish their notices and you can spend a significant amount of time and effort trying to locate opportunities 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 those relevant to your business.   
  
Tender Direct guarantees you will never miss a public sector notice.  
  
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Public Sector Round-Up 23.10.20

In the news this week: £42 million to tackle congestion on the A630, and a £320 million Commonwealth Games transport plan to be developed.
Our top OJEU notices feature two awards in Northern Ireland, both received only 1 tender each, and awarded the work to SMEs. The other award of the week is a contract in Newport for significant sprinkler system installations.
The number of notices published this week was in line with the weekly average seen in 2019, showing that the public sector continues to be a great source of new business opportunities.


UK tender publishing update

962

663

299

Total UK NoticesLow-Value NoticesOJEU Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 16.10.20 & 22.10.20

The weekly average number of notices published in 2019 was 966. When you look at this week’s numbers and consider the current environment, it’s clear the public sector continues to be a reliable source of new business opportunities.
As of 23.10.20, there are over 4199 live notices across all industries on Tender Direct.
If you would like more information about the types of opportunities available for your business, we would be happy to provide you with a free Market Overview.


In the news this week

2022 Commonwealth Games: Games Transport Plan
In preparation for the 2022 Commonwealth games, West Midlands Combined Authority are preparing a Transport Plan which will utilise over £320m of Transforming Cities Fund funding. The plan will address transportation of spectators, athletes and the Games Family, while at the same time ensuring any disruption to transport users is kept to a minimum.

£42 million to tackle congestion on the A630
Roads Minister Baroness Vere has given the go-ahead to a multi-million pound upgrade to the A630, which will cut congestion and boost capacity along the busy route into Sheffield. Work is scheduled to start in the coming weeks and expected to be finished by summer 2022.
To view all live construction opportunities in the UK, visit our tender categories page.



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Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Newtownabbey: Cremators
Short description: The design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning, together with the associated response and preventive maintenance of the cremator, mercury abatement plant and ancillary items for a period of 10 years.
Published By: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Date Published: 20 October 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £893,309.00
Number of tenders received: 1 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: Facultatieve Technologies Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Londonderry: Traffic monitoring services
Short description: Provision of traffic management services to the Western Health and Social Care Trust.
Published by: Western Health and Social Care Trust
Date Published: 19 October 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £305,412.90
Number of tenders received: 1 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: CAR Park Services Ltd
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Title: United Kingdom-Newport: Sprinkler systems installation work
Short description: Design and installation of automated fire suppression systems, fire alarms and associated works to general needs housing schemes owned and maintained by Newport City Homes.
Published By: Newport City Homes
Date Published: 21 October 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £12,471,915.50
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Harmony Fire | Sureserve Fire and Electrical Ltd (formerly Allied Protection) |
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE


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