Tender notices published in the UK & ROI between 01.11.20 & 30.11.20
Last month an incredible 6,469 tender notices were published across the UK & ROI. This level of activity means that we move into December with plenty of opportunities to secure work for 2021. On 1 December 2020, there were 6,305 live notices in the UK and ROI, across a wide range of industries.
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With so many opportunities for work available right now, you’ll want to know how many of them are relevant to you. We can give you an idea of how much work is available in the public sector, as well as ensuring you never miss a relevant opportunity.
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In the news this week, £32.5 million investment confirmed for Moray, SME’s encouraged to engage with Highways England for £1bn Tech Contract, and £1.5bn Navy contract could open up to EU suppliers. Our top OJEU notices for the week include a £3.6m construction at Farnham Depot, £72m wastewater treatment plant construction, and £75m in financial consultancy services. Two complimentary prior information notices of around £1bn each for Highways England were announced this week, with the potential to create significant work for tech companies.
UK tenders update
Total UK Public Sector Tenders
Tenders published in the UK between 21.08.20 & 27.08.20
Top OJEU contract award notices
Title: United Kingdom-London: Railway depot construction work Short description: Additional sidings to be provided at Farnham Depot. The works also includes providing a DC power supply upgrade, power and lighting, ground level and raised walkways and car parking enhancements. Published By: First MTR South Western Trains Ltd Date Published: 21 August 2020 Framework/DPS: No Value excluding VAT: £3,588,917.34 Number of tenders received: 3 Contractors: Walker Construction (UJK) Ltd View full award notice with your Tenders Direct loginHERE
Title: United Kingdom-Mansfield: Wastewater treatment plant construction work Short description: Contract for design and construction services for new water treatment schemes, along with refurbishment of existing schemes along with associated minor works. Published By: The Coal Authority Date Published: 25 August 2020 Framework/DPS: Yes Value excluding VAT: £72,000,000.00 Number of tenders received, lot 1: 5 Number of tenders received, lot 2: 14 (of which were SMEs: 11) Contractors: JBA Bentley Ltd | Kier Integrated Services Ltd | AVRS Systems Ltd | Clayton Project Engineering Ltd | ECS Engineering Services Ltd | Integrated Water Services Ltd | JN Bentley Ltd | nmcn PLC | Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd View full award notice with your Tenders Direct loginHERE
Title: United Kingdom-London: Financial consultancy services Short description: Framework agreement for the supply of financial advisory services which covers a wide range of financial advisory services including general finance, tax advisory, treasury management, financial analysis and real estate and strategic asset advisory. Published by: Hyde Housing Association Date Published: 26 August 2020 Framework/DPS: Yes Value excluding VAT: £75,000,000.00 Number of tenders received, lot 1: 5 Number of tenders received, lot 2: 5 Number of tenders received, lot 3: 11 Number of tenders received, lot 4: 12 Number of tenders received, lot 5: 10 Contractors: Deloitte LLP | Ernst and Young LLP | Grant Thornton UK LLP | Mazars LLP | KPMG LLP | Crowe U.K. LLP | Savills UK Ltd | TradeRisks Ltd | CBRE Ltd | Newbridge Advisors LLP | Chatham Financial | N.M. Rothschild and Sons Ltd | Resolute Asset Management LLP | QMPF LLP | Faithorn Farrell Timms LLP | Jones Lang LaSalle Ltd | Cambridge Finance Ltd View full award notice with your Tenders Direct loginHERE
In the news this week
UK Government confirms £32.5 million investment in Moray Growth Deal The projects supported by the deal include: ◆ £21 million for a Moray Aerospace, Advanced Technology and Innovation Campus. ◆ £5 million for an innovative Digital Health project that will support the increasing demands and service capacity challenges on public health services. ◆ £3 million for a Manufacturing Innovation base for Moray to support the development of process and production efficiencies for businesses. ◆ £3.5 million to support the development of Grant Lodge, a visitor attraction in Elgin that will be part of a culture and tourism-led regeneration of the city centre.
£1bn Information technology commercial framework(ITCF) The purpose of this PIN is to inform the market of Highways England’s plans to launch a technology framework that will be called the information technology commercial framework (ITCF). Launched alongside the operational technology commercial framework (OTCF), the ITCF and OTCF will be vehicles to support the delivery of Highways England’s RIS2 technology pipeline and to meet the strategic aims of Highways England. View full prior information notice with your Tenders Direct loginHERE
£950m Operational technology commercial framework (OTCF) The purpose of this PIN is to inform the market of Highways England’s plans to launch a technology framework that will be called the operational technology commercial framework (OTCF). Launched alongside the information technology commercial framework (ITCF), the OTCF and ITCF will be vehicles to support the delivery of Highways England’s RIS2 technology pipeline and to meet the strategic aims of Highways England. View full prior information notice with your Tenders Direct loginHERE
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While things may seem a little uncertain, we can assure you that there are still plenty of public sector contracts being published. We are keeping track of the number of tenders we source, categorise and publish each day, and we have to say it’s looking good.
In March 2020 we saw:
2,938 new UK public sector tenders for March 2020
1003 new ROI public sector tenders for March 2020
20537 new EU public sector tenders for March 2020
At the time of writing, on Tenders Direct we have:
2397 live UK tenders
885 live ROI tenders
20513 Live EU tenders
These numbers mean there are an incredible number of opportunities for you to secure business now and in the future.
If you supply the public sector with goods or services that are in high demand right now, please keep an eye out for notices with accelerated timescales. Recent UK policy changes allow public sector buyers to speed up tendering procedures in order to secure resources as a ‘matter of urgency’.
There may be increased competition for tenders with companies exploring new options of securing future business. If you have any doubts about the quality of your submissions, and would like some assistance, we do offer a range of virtual consultancy services. Our experts can review your bids and highlight where you are going wrong or even take a more active role in the preparation of your submissions. If you would like any support, please get in touch on 0800 222 9009 or at email@example.com
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for innovative and novel ways of cleaning ambulances quickly to help combat Coronavirus.
After transporting a patient suspected of having COVID-19, it can take up to 45 minutes to clean the ambulance used. When you also consider that many ambulance cleaning facilities are located some distance from their hospital or base, current methods are adding delays onto a significantly busy service.
With their new Open Call for Innovation, DASA are seeking help to identify rapid sanitising technology for ambulances. The deadline was originally listed as 1 April 2020 – since first publishing this post, the deadline has been removed and the call is still live.
DASA are looking for solutions which can be deployed rapidly, and will be suitable for use beyond ambulances – trains, buses and even in rooms. There is a particular interest in mobile, easy to use and robust solutions.
In our last blog we outlined the challenge faced by suppliers when attempting to find suitable public sector contracts. Missing out on just one opportunity – particularly a framework agreement which can encompass many invitations to tender – is a nightmare scenario for any company. In this post we focus on how Tenders Direct prevents lucrative public work from passing our customers by.
All businesses exist to overcome some sort of challenge on behalf of their clients. At Tenders Direct, we specialise in helping suppliers find – and win – public sector contracts. But aren’t public contract notices in the public domain? Surely this information is easy to find? Well, much like a needle in a haystack, relevant tenders for your business are out there but locating them is another matter.
Looking to learn but too pushed for time? With our free webinars you can join us on your lunch break or watch previous recordings at your leisure. Lasting no longer than an hour, we cover a variety of topics relevant to suppliers. Our next live sessions explore different types of tenders, why they are important, and how to find and win them.
Finding and Winning Low Value Tenders – Tuesday 17th July 1.00pm – 1.45pm
Low value tenders can be of huge value to suppliers of any size, but are not subject to the full raft of regulatory requirements and can be difficult to find. This webinar provides:
An explanation of what low value tenders are
Advice on why they are useful for suppliers
An explanation of how to access them
An outline of what rules and regulations govern low value tenders
In his poem Calmly We Walk Through This April’s Day, Delmore Schwartz observed that “Time is the fire in which we burn”. Anyone familiar with tender submissions will probably have sympathy with this sentiment. After finding a promising contract, it can be quite a struggle to prepare a bid within a limited time-frame while staying on top of existing commitments.
Many suppliers tell us that racing to meet tight deadlines while wading through piles of bid documents only to be rebuffed after all their efforts makes them less inclined to bother bidding at all. This kind of “reactive tendering” can be both exhausting and futile, so what can you do differently?
Try giving yourself a head start by scoping out your targets in advance. Is there a particular buyer you’d like to contract for? If you can build even the most modest relationship with them you can gain useful intelligence about their specific needs and procurement strategy. When they go out to tender, this can help you make your bid as bespoke as possible.
Is there an existing contract that you missed out on or are now in a position to go for? If you establish when it is due for renewal and start your preparations months ahead, you’ll have much more time to perfect your pitch without feeling pressurised. This will leave competitors who only became aware of it when the tender notice was published rushing around while you calmly put the finishing touches on your submission.
Most of us are familiar with this quote widely attributed to Albert Einstein: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” It transpires that there is no record of Mr Einstein saying this, but there is truth to it regardless.
Suppliers struggling to win public contracts should keep this maxim in mind when considering their next move. If your bid has been knocked back, it is crucial that you find out why and take corrective action. Where did you fall down? What were you unaware of? How can you improve?
We find that one of the more common missteps made by aspiring contractors after unsuccessful bids is failing to seek as much feedback as possible from buyers and not conducting a detailed assessment of what they could have done better. Instead of allowing your efforts to be wasted, why not use them to your advantage?
Once a contract is awarded, suppliers are entitled to feedback from buyers including a breakdown of their scores and the characteristics and advantages of the winning bid. Conducting a thorough review of your submission with the information available can provide a wealth of applicable knowledge about your strengths and weaknesses.
Persisting with the same stale strategy may not be insanity, but it is certainly not sensible. If you learn lessons, hone your skills, and adjust your approach, you’ll be a much more powerful presence in the next competition.