GovSpend – What You Need To Know

This month sees the launch of our all-new Tracker GovSpend Report, the only report in the UK that provides in-depth analysis of public sector spend, trends and insights on the public sector marketplace.

The inaugural GovSpend report provides a barometer for private sector businesses that are looking to identify opportunities and understand the nuances of the procurement landscape.

The report will be issued quarterly, allowing suppliers to keep up to speed with government spending and gain actionable insights to help businesses capitalise on public sector procurement opportunities.

Seize the opportunity

Opportunities exist for suppliers of all types and sizes.

The Public Sector has always been one of the biggest spenders across the UK, creating vast opportunities for suppliers; an annual spend of some £290bn every year with the range of goods, works and services required varying wildly, from pencils to buildings.

Procurement has a role to play in Government aims such as opening up public contracts to more small businesses and social enterprises, innovating in public service delivery, and meeting the net zero carbon target by 2050.

The market – your key takeaways

Among the highlights, the market – and businesses in general – are feeling the impact of external factors, such as Brexit, inflation, and the war in Ukraine.

For example, the public sector is one of the biggest consumers of fuel in the UK, and not just for vehicles, the energy crisis is also having its own influence on the current landscape.

External factors which impact procurement can, however, also create an opportunity for suppliers to demonstrate the additional value they can add – especially through innovations that can enable services to be delivered more efficiently or at less cost.

Buyers need solutions – so this is a good time show how your business can help. Certainly, understanding the wider market impacts and how this is affecting procurement decision-making can only help.

Opportunity overview

We’re seeing strong contracting activity across each part of the public sector – with Central Government, Local Government and Education performing particularly well.

Opportunities within the Health Sector remain strong, as the focus shifts from response to the COVID-19 pandemic to recovery and reduction of waiting lists.

So, which parts of the public sector have been the most active in Q1 of 2022?

All sectors have experienced growth in published contract notice volume versus the same period in 2021 and several have also shown positive growth versus Q4 of 2021.

Particular stars of purchasing include:

  • Education – up 6% on the same period 2021 and 11% versus last quarter
  • Transport – 12% growth versus Q1 2021 and 18% growth on quarter
  • Utilities – 12% up on the same period and 6% up on last quarter

What’s being bought

Data from our Tracker reports show us that the marketplace is very active with thousands of notices published every week, by a wide variety of public bodies, with just under half of these opportunities valued at less than £100,000 and ideally suited to SMEs.

The way that Tracker is collated means that data can be dissected by CPV codes, giving our customers better insight into sector behaviour.

This latest report sees the most commonly used individual CPV codes relate to:

  • Health and Social Work services
  • Construction Work
  • Education Services

Outside of the top three individual CPV codes, demand for IT and related services remains strong – driven by increasing digitalisation.

How Tracker can help

Our Tracker tool has over 20 years of contract notice history and the details of thousands of current and prior framework notices, buyer spend, market leads and sector-specific news, creating actionable insights for you to engage at the earliest opportunity.

If you are seeking to improve your tenders and find these new opportunities, business intelligence is key. Tracker can not only help provide you with tender opportunities and knowledge of future pipelines, but also help you engage with the buyers and position your company as a solution provider.

To find out how Tracker can help your business book a complimentary demonstration with our expert team today.

Welcome to GovSpend – market leading intelligence from Tracker

 

The all-new Tracker GovSpend Report is finally here, and if you’re in the market to win more public sector contracts, this is the one for you.

Awash with meticulously analysed public sector spend data and aligned with market leading insight, GovSpend provides the ‘need-to-knows’ on three key areas:

  • Market opportunity – ‘the money making’ sectors where the best growth potential exists
  • Public sector trends – a view to the overall changes currently impacting government spending
  • Buying activity – key information on the most active government bodies and how much they’re spending

Why we have developed GovSpend

During the first quarter of 2022 activity in terms of public sector spending rose in a particularly promising fashion, with contract and award values significantly up year-on-year – this growth demonstrates indicators of a healthy, growing market.

Some areas of the public sector are experiencing stronger growth than others – so much is clear from the GovSpend data. Central Government, Local Government, and Education are three parts of the public sector where we’ve seen particularly strong activity when it comes to contracting. Opportunities within the health sector remain, with the focus shifting from a COVID-19 response to a reduction in waiting times and backlog issues.

While the impacts of Brexit and COVID-19 is causing problems within the supply chain. It has actually created more opportunities for businesses of all sizes, offering them a chance to both demonstrate how they can make a positive difference and support buyers during a challenging period and beyond.

Having worked within the public sector for more than 38 years, the team here at Tracker recognise that the public sector marketplace can be somewhat sophisticated and complex, therefore, we established GovSpend to ensure that essential information is easily understandable and digestible for suppliers.

A brief analysis of the public sector marketplace in Q1

As mentioned above, the GovSpend report will look to provide an analysis of the trends that have resulted in the state of the marketplace during each quarter and so, in this, the teaser, if you will, we’ll quickly touch upon those during Q1:

  • COVID-19 remained a disruptive influence in Q1 – while the vast majority of restrictions had been lifted by the time we reached the beginning of this year, the impacts of the pandemic were still being felt across every part of the public sector
  • Record inflation rates and rising energy prices affecting buyers – wholesale energy prices boomed

In response to both of these causes, the GovSpend report accurately details the opportunities they present, putting you, as a supplier, in the best possible place.

If you want to find out more about what GovSpend entails, get crucial information and analysing on spend, trends, and insights into the public sector marketplace, download the all-new Tracker GovSpend report here.

Britain’s Least Legitimate Public Sector Contractors – The Peaky Blinders

While you might think we’re going to start divulging details of companies who’ve been outed by television shows like Cowboy Builders, Don’t Get Done Get Dom, or Rogue Traders, you’d be wrong…

We’re talking about a far more popular organisation – a company who are searched for more than 365,000 times a month on Google – one that won a host of major government contracts at the turn of the 20th century and which has recently re-entered our lives.

Yes, we’re talking about the Peaky Blinders.

Peaky public tendering

The Shelby Company Limited, a fictional business which became notorious in the streets of Small Heath, Birmingham, through a combination of ‘hooky’ bookmaking, racketeering, and one of the most lucrative public sector contracts of the time in Britain, can surely lay claim to title of Britain’s least legitimate public sector contractors…

The image portrayed of tendering at this time is very different to what it is now. The Prime Minister of the time, Sir Winston Churchill, utilised the help of Inspector Campbell to recruit well-known gangster and war veteran Thomas Shelby for an assassination contract.

Despite knowing full well of Campbell’s plan to kill Shelby once the Crown had made use of him, Churchill was more than happy to commission it. This was until Sir Winston Churchill discovered Campbell’s intention to have Shelby executed at the hands of the feared ‘Right Hand’, a loyalist organisation from now-Northern Ireland.

Not only did Churchill protect Shelby from the brutal murder he was about to face, but he also granted him an import-export licence, ensuring that he could transport goods throughout most of the British Empire. Years later, as the story reveals, Shelby is still working for the Crown, carrying out assassinations in exchange for significant sums of money.

As we’ve previously mentioned, Thomas Shelby and his organisation the Shelby Company Limited would undoubtedly go down as one of the most unsavoury public sector contractors ever – they won their contracts in questionable circumstances, they carried them out in a dubious fashion, and their methods of retaining them left much to be desired. That said, while the dealings of the Peaky Blinders might be fictional, for reasons such as the avoidance of exploitation and poor social value in real life, there exists a set of guidelines, a blueprint of what public sector contractors must be and must do, too.

Social value & ethical sourcing

A term that has actively been used for many years, the requirement to consider social value in any procurement exercise was introduced back in 2012. That said, as we navigate the future, the idea of social value will only become more important, with the UK Government focusing on it. Social value is one of the concepts stressed in the Green Paper ‘Transforming Public Procurement’, which forms the blueprint for the likely future of public procurement in the UK. The Government has also published a Social Value Model, which sets out a menu of social value goals which government departments – and, increasingly, other areas of the public sector ‒ should include in their procurement.

In layman’s terms, social value is a commitment to ensuring that procurement creates benefits for people, stakeholders in the procurement and society. This could be through focus on environmental issues such as ensuring low-carbon practices are being prioritised or investment in staff wellbeing, the local economy, job creation for disadvantaged groups or improvement of local facilities, among many others. Ultimately, social value is about looking after the people and things around us that could be damaged or exploited by public sector contracts. Encouraging social value goes in hand in hand with ethical sourcing.

When discussing ethical sourcing, Tracker’s sister brand Delta eSourcing noted: “Public sector bodies, now more than ever before, understand that cost and quality are only a part of the overall package, and not only do they need to be seen to be doing more in the community, but they need to follow through on it to satisfy an increasingly savvy mass of potential critics.”

A blog dissecting the inner workings of ethical sourcing by the e-tendering platform goes on to add: “Given that procurement exercises can involve complex relationships between many different organisations, there is potential for many unethical practices to become involved somewhere in supply chain. These can range from illegal activities such as modern-day slavery and corruption, to broader issues such as disregard for the consequences of climate change.

“Ethical sourcing can support buyers to avoid these pitfalls as it focuses on conducting sourcing activities at the highest possible standards of responsible, sustainable, environmental, and socially aware business practice.”

 

Fostering ideas of social value and ethical sourcing combined with the fact businesses now must face a closely scrutinised procurement process that ensures the most appropriate organisation wins a contract based on a number of different variables would almost certainly ensure that Thomas Shelby’s luck would be all but out. That said, we’re fairly confident The Shelby Company Limited will still be able to make a killing on BBC1.

If you’re keen to find out more about how to tender to the public sector, register for a free trial today and unlock a world of opportunity.

 

 

 

The road to Net Zero in the public sector

 

With Glasgow hosting the COP26 summit, the eyes of the world have been focused on the UK Government and the environmental promises it has made to help achieve Net Zero.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a number of commitments for the UK, and has pointed to the public sector as being at the heart of Britain’s ambitions for Net Zero. The already established public estate can go a huge way to contributing towards these goals, while new construction and infrastructure will be developed in line with Net Zero targets.

But what does this mean for the public sector?

It is without doubt that green commitments will filter down from government throughout the supply chain. Government has already stated that any supplier bidding for a public sector contract over £5M must have a Net Zero policy in place. While a £5M contract might not be within your bidding range, main contractors are sure to put green policies in place for the supply chain to meet.

During the conference of world leaders, a number of initiatives were announced:

The UK’s greenest prison has been unveiled

The new prison at Glen Parva, Leicestershire, is the greenest ever as the government moves towards operating at Net Zero in the future.

This major infrastructure project will act as a blueprint for the government’s ambitious prison-build programme, which will create 20,000 modern, rehabilitative places by the mid-2020s. The programme is backed by unprecedented funding of £3.8Bn, as confirmed in the Spending Review.

The new prison has been largely built off-site using cutting-edge technology – speeding up construction and minimising waste. Rubble from the old, demolished prison on the Glen Parva site has been reused, while the project will use green energy including more than 960 solar panels and infrastructure for electric vehicle charging points.

Zero-emission HGVs by 2040

The UK will become the first country in the world to commit to phasing out new, non-zero-emission heavy goods vehicles weighing 26 tonnes and under by 2035, with all new HGVs sold in the UK to be zero-emission by 2040.

New electric vehicle chargepoints

The government is also unveiling a new design for electric vehicle chargepoints, which could become as iconic as the Great British postbox, London bus or black cab. Showcased in the UK Pavilion at COP26 and designed together with the Royal College of Art and PA Consulting, the concept prioritises inclusivity and ease of use, designed with consumers, local government, accessibility groups and industry.

Small Modular Reactors

Some £195M will be invested in the Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor (SMR), to bring forward and deliver at scale the next generation of low-cost, low-carbon nuclear power technology.

Nine-tenths of an individual Rolls-Royce SMR power plant will be built or assembled in factory conditions and around 80% could be delivered by a UK supply chain – a unique offering within energy infrastructure in the UK.

A single Rolls-Royce SMR power station will occupy the footprint of two football pitches and power approximately one million homes. It can support both on-grid electricity and a range of off-grid clean energy solutions, enabling the decarbonisation of industrial processes and the production of clean fuels, such as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and green hydrogen, to support energy transition in the wider heat and transportation sectors.

South Humber Bank Energy Centre

Development of the South Humber Bank Energy Centre has been given the green light. This Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project comprises the construction and operation of an energy from waste plant of up to 95 megawatts gross capacity.

Tracker can help you find opportunities and plan your growth strategy. As we’ve discussed the opportunities for innovations in green technology and improving the credentials of the supply chain are readily available.

Book a free demo with one of our experienced advisers today to discuss where the new opportunities exist and how to find them and stand out from the crowd using the tracker platform.

UK accelerates towards net zero

As Glasgow prepares to host the UN COP26 summit, the UK has set out its strategy to deliver on its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The UK Net Zero Strategy outlines measures aimed at building a green and sustainable future, helping businesses and consumers to move to clean power, supporting hundreds of thousands of well-paid jobs and leveraging up to £90Bn of private investment by 2030.

Building on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan, the recently revealed Net Zero Strategy sets out a comprehensive economy-wide plan for how British businesses and consumers will be supported in making the transition to clean energy and green technology – lowering Britain’s reliance on fossil fuels by investing in sustainable clean energy in the UK, reducing the risk of high and volatile prices in the future, and strengthening our energy security.

New investment announced as part of the strategy includes:

  • An extra £350M of a £1Bn commitment to support the electrification of UK vehicles and their supply chains plus another £620M for targeted electric vehicle grants and infrastructure, particularly local on-street residential charge points.
  • The commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from sustainable materials.
  • £140M Industrial and Hydrogen Revenue Support scheme to accelerate industrial carbon capture and hydrogen, bridging the gap between industrial energy costs from gas and hydrogen and helping green hydrogen projects get off the ground.
  • An extra £500M towards innovation projects to develop the green technologies of the future. This will support the most pioneering ideas and technologies to decarbonise homes, industries, land and power.
  • Some £3.9Bn of new funding for decarbonising heat and buildings, including the new £450M three-year Boiler Upgrade Scheme, so homes and buildings are warmer, cheaper to heat and cleaner to run.
  • £124M for the Nature for Climate Fund to help restore approximately 280,000 hectares of peat in England by 2050 and treble woodland creation in England.
  • £120M towards the development of nuclear projects through the Future Nuclear Enabling Fund.

More than £5.8Bn of foreign investment in green projects has also been secured since the launch of the Ten Point Plan, along with at least 56,000 jobs in the UK’s clean energy industries.

As the first major economy to commit in law to net zero by 2050, and as host of the imminent UN COP26 climate summit, the UK is leading international efforts and setting the bar for countries around the world to follow.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The UK’s path to ending our contribution to climate change will be paved with well-paid jobs, billions in investment and thriving green industries – powering our green industrial revolution across the country.

“By moving first and taking bold action, we will build a defining competitive edge in electric vehicles, offshore wind, carbon capture technology and more, whilst supporting people and businesses along the way.

“With the major climate summit COP26 just around the corner, our strategy sets the example for other countries to build back greener too as we lead the charge towards global net zero.”

The strategies build on an ambitious set of existing policies: the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, the Energy White Paper, North Sea Transition Deal, Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy, Transport Decarbonisation Plan, and the Hydrogen Strategy – the recent landmark commitment to decarbonise the UK’s electricity system by 2035.

Click here for the full Net Zero Strategy and the Heat and Buildings Strategy.

Tracker can help you find opportunities and plan your growth strategy. As can be seen from the investment figures, opportunities for innovations in green technology and improving the credentials of the supply chain are readily available.

Come along to our latest Tracker Talks webinar – Tackling the Global Climate Emergency – insights and opportunities for public sector suppliers – where we discuss where the new opportunities exist that support the climate change agenda and how to access them. Suppliers who understand the challenges buyers face and can deliver innovative, sustainable solutions will be successful.

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£650Bn infrastructure and construction investment announced

The UK Government has announced £650Bn of investment through its National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline. 

In the most ambitious pipeline to date, the Government has set out how billions of pounds worth of private and public investment in infrastructure and construction projects will be directed across the country over the next decade. 

The planned investment will create new opportunities for thousands of apprentices, technicians, graduates and skilled workers. 

Some £89Bn of investment will be targeted to social infrastructure to help communities, resulting in 165 education projects worth £2.5Bn, including major rebuilding projects at schools and sixth form colleges. 

In total, the pipeline sets out: 

  • £254Bn Economic Infrastructure (Public) 
  • £208Bn Private Investment (across all sectors)  
  • £97Bn Regulated Utilities  
  • £89Bn Social Infrastructure (Public) 

The pipeline shows a range of 528 projects across all sectors, including housing and regeneration, education, energy, flood defence, home office, justice, science and research, transport, and waste. 

Education ranks as the sector with the highest number of projects and procurements at 165, with an estimated minimum contract value of £2,408.1M. 

Transport comes in as the second highest sector with 132 procurements, 19 projects and 113 programmes – here the estimated minimum contract value is £14,806.3M. 

The top five contracts by value all fall within the transport sector. Contracts for massive infrastructure developments such as HS2, Lower Thames Crossing and Stonehenge Bypass all feature. 

Construction work including building, design & build and civil engineering makes up over two-thirds of the works opportunities available to the market in 2021/22. Of the remaining estimated contract value, £0.8Bn to £1.1Bn is for architectural, engineering and design services, while £2.9Bn to £5Bn is for repair and maintenance services. 

In line with the response from industry, for the first time, the Government is setting out the extent to which new work will include elements delivered through modern methods of construction (MMC). Of the contracts included within the procurement section of the pipeline, over 170 with an estimated capital value ranging between £15.4Bn and £22.4Bn are planned to utilise some form of MMC. 

With Government investment guaranteed over the coming years, now is the time to exploit these opportunities and research tender awards. Tracker can help you find your opportunities in your marketplace. 

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Reference: 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1016759/Analysis_of_the_National_Infrastructure_and_Construction_Pipeline_2021.pdf

 

Construction Sector Update: September 2021

Figures from the ONS and IHS Markit/CIPS show that while the construction sector has continued to grow throughout the summer, the resurgence is being held back by severe supply chain disruption and an increase in prices.

Monthly statistics over the summer period have already suggested that materials supply was creating a bottle-neck in the construction sector, and these latest figures show the problem is now having a serious effect on output.

ONS reports fall

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics report a fall in growth for construction over the latest period. Construction output fell by 1.6% in volume terms in July 2021, with these latest figures putting construction at below pre-pandemic levels.

Businesses reported that price increases and product shortages due to supply chain issues are the main reasons for the decline. This is now the fourth consecutive decline in monthly construction output.

Infrastructure has been the main driver of growth since the pandemic, and this sector continued to perform well, now returning £649M above its February 2020 levels.

Meanwhile, private housing has shown the biggest falls in work. Again, evidence points to price rises and shortages of materials as the main contributors to the loss.

Alongside the monthly drop in output, the three-monthly figure registered its first fall since February 2021, at -0.6%.

PMI points to supply chain

Slower growth across a number of construction sectors contributed to the slowdown, which was the slowest since February, according to the IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI® Total Activity Index.

Many companies in construction noted sustained, and severe, supply chain disruption in August, which contributed to an accelerated rise in input prices – one that was the second fastest in the history of the survey.

This month’s Index posted 55.2 in August, down from 58.7 in July, showing that construction has bounced back from lockdown with rises in output in each of the last seven months. However, the rate of increase this month dropped as the widely reported issues with supply of materials and transport began to weigh on overall construction activity.

Businesses noted that while projects that had been delayed due to Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic were now commencing, supply issues and associated price rises were not helping client confidence.

Price hikes

As projects hit the ground, demand for construction materials continues to stretch supply chains. Reports from both the PMI survey and ONS suggest that ongoing material shortages were being made worse by a lack of transport and freight availability, compounding existing issues related to the supply of materials due to port congestions and demand and supply imbalances.

Materials most affected in price are concrete, fuel, steel, glass and timber.

While there is still strong demand for construction projects, with businesses gaining confidence for the rest of the year, growth is being stymied by the volatile price and supply situation.

Take a look around opportunities in Tracker

To make the most of new opportunities, get in touch with Tracker for your 1:1 consultation.

Our own market reports tell us that contracts are still being published in high numbers and at high values, with plenty of opportunities for SMEs.

Tracker and BiP Solutions are here to help you step into the market with advice on procurement policy, supporting you to find the procurement opportunities most relevant to you.

Why not take a look at the latest local government, central government and education tender opportunities today? You can also find out what your competitors are winning in these areas and understand the shape and size of their frameworks and DPS opportunities, both past and present. Our free trial allows you to do just that with no obligation.

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Autumn 2021 Budget Announced

The Chancellor has set the date for his next budget, when Government spending plans for the next three years will be revealed.

The results of the Spending Review and plans for public spending will be announced on 27October.

The Chancellor will announce the UK Government’s spending priorities for the remainder of this Parliament, with the three-year review setting out central government departments’ resource and capital budgets for 2022-23 to 2024-25 and the devolved administrations’ block grants for the same period.

Funding boost

Together with the additional funding for health and social care announced in early September, core departmental spending will grow in real terms at nearly 4% per year on average over this Parliament. By 2024-25 core departmental spending will be £140 billion more per year in cash terms than at the start of the Parliament.

As part of his announcement, the Chancellor set the envelope for spending over the next three years:

  • Core day-to-day departmental spending will follow the path set out at Spring Budget 2021.
  • In total, day-to-day spending will increase to £440 billion by 2024-25, increasing by nearly £100 billion per year in cash terms over the life of this Parliament.
  • A step-change in capital investment will be delivered, as set out at Budget 2021. This will see an investment of over £600 billion over five years, the highest sustained level of public sector net investment as a proportion of GDP since the late 1970s.

Investment

With ambitious plans for an infrastructure and innovation revolution, investment will see more contracts brought to market. So, this is an ideal time to look at your plans to supply to the public sector.

Make sure you have the right information and help prepare your bids with key information from Tracker.

​The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said: “Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve delivered on an unprecedented scale to protect people’s jobs and livelihoods.

“Despite the worst economic recession in 300 years, we have not only got people back into work through the Plan for Jobs but continued to deliver on the priorities of the British people.

“At the Spending Review later this year, I will set out how we will continue to invest in public services and drive growth while keeping the public finances on a sustainable path.”

Best value

Given the impact COVID-19 has had on the economy, the Chancellor wants to focus on ensuring every pound of taxpayer funding is well spent, to deliver the highest quality services to the public at the best value. Best value has been at the heart of public procurement for many years, and the latest NPPS [link to previous blog] has underpinned this, along with social value and green credentials. Improving and diversifying the supply chain is an important component in improving value as well as bringing innovation to the public sector.

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Regulatory Reform – cutting red tape to make it easier to tender

The second webinar in our series on procurement, discussed how the new reforms to public procurement will make it easier for suppliers to tender for contracts.

Procurement experts Eddie Regan and Phil Kinnell of PASS – the Procurement Advice and Support Service talked with Dawn McTaggart about how the legislation is proposing to help suppliers bring innovation to the public sector marketplace.

Leaving the European Union has allowed the UK Government to look at the current regulations and consider changes that will make public sector procurement more streamlined and efficient, measured against government targets.

These reforms will bring the single greatest change to the procurement regulations in decades. In this session, our experts look at what this will mean for your business and how you can prepare.

Why do you need to know about the public procurement rules?

Government spends some £290 billion on public procurement every year, and this spending will be leveraged to help drive the UK’s economic recovery following the pandemic and lockdown. Procurement has a role to play in achieving government aims such as opening up public contracts to more small businesses and social enterprises, innovating in public service delivery, and meeting the net zero carbon target by 2050.

With government already committed to ensuring 33% by value of its contracts go to SMEs, there is a massive opportunity for those who have never supplied to the public sector to become part of the marketplace.

What’s changing?

While it is important for you to get to grips with these new procurement changes from the outset, many of the changes will be beneficial to the supply market.

  • The proposal to move from four sets of regulations to one consolidated set will certainly make it easier to understand what the rules require, and the removal of up to 350 regulations will help simplify the process.
  • The creation of a single digital platform will make it easier for suppliers to tender for contracts, with just one form to fill in for all public sector work.
  • There will be changes to framework agreements, and buyers will be required to publish pipelines for future work.
  • New principles of public procurement will simplify procedures for suppliers, making contracts more competitive and attractive to suppliers while building in flexibility for buyers.
  • There will be greater transparency in public procurement, giving suppliers the ability to question buyers’ decisions and create stronger bids for future work.

When to expect these changes

Listening to our experts, these changes won’t be seen overnight. Even with the unexpected release of the NPPS [link to last talks blog] in June, any new processes will take time to bed in and become workable. It is expected that the changes will be brought to Parliament during the next session, meaning any changes are unlikely to happen before spring 2022. Development of the Single Digital Platform itself will be a three-stage process, anticipated to take two to three years.

Top Tips

  1. Educate – Read about the proposed changes. With our research indicating that only a small number of suppliers know about the proposed changes, just listening to webinars such as the Tracker Talks series can give you the edge.
  2. Add – Think about your future plans and how you could give your tenders the edge. The NPPS calls for added social value; what can you do to add social, economic or environmental value?
  3. Plan The requirement to publish pipelines will help you plan your tender bids and business growth. By being aware of future commitments, you can develop your business to meet requirements.
  4. Invest – By investing in market insight and your tender applications, you can create a winning formula.

Tracker and BiP Solutions are here to help you step into the market with advice on procurement policy, supporting you to find the procurement opportunities most relevant to you.

Take a look around opportunities in Tracker

Why not take a look at the latest local government, central government and education tender opportunities today? You can also find out what your competitors are winning in these areas and understand the shape and size of their frameworks and DPS opportunities, both past and present. Our free trial allows you to do just that with no obligation.

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