How to find Public Tenders?

Each year, the UK Government spends around £250 billion procuring third-party goods and services, but many potential suppliers are still unclear how to find public tenders.

Opportunities to win public contracts

The Government’s annual spend on procurement makes it the single largest purchaser across many industries in the UK, and much of this business is only available to be won through the public tendering process. However, many suppliers often struggle when it comes to actually finding contracts, which is why we have put together this guide on how to find public tenders.

All public sector organisations are legally required to publish their contract notices to ensure competition, and public tenders can be found through a number of sources, including:

Procurement portals

Procurement portals, like Tracker, are an excellent source of public sector tenders. Our research team track down both high-value contract notices and those under the OJEU thresholds to create the UK’s most comprehensive database of public sector contracts. 

Tender alerts servies

Such services allow you to set up a personalised tender feed and receive email notifications for work you’re interested in whenever there is a new opportunity published. At Tracker, our tender alerts service provides a personalised feed of relevant opportunities sent direct to your inbox on a daily basis. This saves a huge amount of time and ensures that you never miss a tendering opportunity again. 

Official databases

Official databases such as TED, which is the online version of the ‘Supplement to the Official Journal’ of the EU, are a good source for finding public tenders. In particular, TED publishes public tenders above the OJEU threshold which are published throughout the EU, and you can browse, search and filter procurement notices by country, region, sector and more. Learn more about the OJEU.

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    National portals

    The UK’s home countries all have their own dedicated public procurement portals which are an excellent source for finding public tenders. England is served by Contracts Finder, Scotland is served by Public Contracts Scotland, Wales is served by Sell2Wales, and Northern Ireland is served by eTendersNI.

    Public procurement is a lucrative market for suppliers to be involved in, and it covers an extremely diverse range of services. As a result, thousands upon thousands of new opportunities are published around the world every single day. While this means that there are countless opportunities waiting to be won, it also means that finding the right contracts for your business can be like finding a needle in a haystack.

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    Find public tenders with Tracker

    With our comprehensive database of public contracts, you can find relevant public tenders at the click of a button. This saves time which would previously have been spent trawling through multiple databases and portals trying to find the right tenders, and aggregates all of these opportunities for you into one central database.


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