Are you looking for public sector contracts?

The term tender refers to an invitation to bid for a project. Tendering usually refers to the process whereby governments and financial institutions invite bids for large projects that must be submitted within a finite deadline.

Tendering is not restricted to big companies –SMEs account for more than 99.9% of the business population and the government has committed to spending a third of its procurement budget with them.

Most governments and financial institutions have a well-defined process for projects or procurements. There are specific processes in place to govern the opening, evaluation, and final selection of the vendors. This is to ensure that the selection process is fair and transparent.

When projects are publicly funded, or there are simply large sums at stake, organisations need to get the best value-for-money for tax payers or stakeholders, and demonstrate they have not awarded contracts unfairly.

One good thing about tendering is you don’t need a raft of business contacts to win work – an online search will give you a good idea of the options available.

The UK government runs a Contracts Finder service for any current or future public sector contract worth more than £10,000. You can search for the latest opportunities based on your industry, location, value and even whether it is suitable for SMEs.

Alongside Contracts Finder, the government website suggests other routes, including Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) for work in the EU, the Digital Marketplace for digital services providers and the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). It’s also a good idea to contact your local council to find out how you become an approved supplier and look for notices in relevant industry publications.

Here are the weblinks for all the councils’ and local authorities’ relevant tender pages across this area:

Nottinghamshire County Council | Tender for a contract
Nottingham City Council | Procurement: How to do business with Nottingham City Council
Derbyshire County Council | Procurement, contracts and tenders
Derby City Council | Tenders and contracts
Ashfield District Council | Find tenders and contracts
Bassetlaw District Council | Procurement in Bassetlaw: Contract opportunities
Broxtowe Borough Council | Procurement  and contract opportunities
Gedling Borough Council | Procurement and tendering process
Mansfield District Council | Procurement and selling to the council
Newark and Sherwood District Council | Tendering for council contracts
Rushcliffe Borough Council | Procurement: Information about the way the council procures goods and services


Here are more useful weblinks that might provide more options to you:

East Mids Tenders | East Midlands buyer & supplier site: Procurement portal
Proactis | Contracts register
GOV.UK | Contracts finder
Bidstats | UK public sector contracts
in-tend: Tenders education portal
Tenders UK | Website with links to further opportunities