Nailing Down Construction Contracts

Construction Contracts

Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has recently stated that The National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) for the next 20 years will include an investment of £375bn in construction and civil engineering projects. In addition, the insurance industry also plans to spend £25bn over the next five years. Tendering for the projects included in … Read more

Laying the procurement pipeline

New information has emerged from the Cabinet Office describing the £84bn ‘procurement pipeline’ planned for the next five years. Covering 18 business sectors, the pipeline lays out the government’s anticipated project needs over the next few years. Notices of this kind have been published since November 2011; the most recent announcement adds professional services, financial … Read more

Mysteries of the Cabinet Office

Over the last year you may have seen mentions in this blog of the Cabinet Office’s “mystery shopper” initiative, an enterprise that offers businesses the chance to ‘shop’ bad public procurement practice. They’ve finally released their first progress report, and it makes for fascinating reading. They’ve investigated over 300 complaints. Of those grievances: 81% of … Read more

Processing your Proposal

Submitting a winning bid is an enormous task. The method statement alone might consist of 10 or 15 different documents and dozens of appendices. The final process of assembling a tender proposal often involves an enormous deluge of information, emails and revisions, during which time there isn’t time to stop and think. This is one … Read more

Get Tender Ready with The TROC button today

What Does It Mean? Companies that have passed the TROC (Tender Readiness Online Check) or otherwise prequalified to respond to large private or public sector invitations to tender may display this symbol. What Does It Mean For Tendering Authorities And Procurement Officers? Public Sector organisations should look for this symbol on SME company websites, because: … Read more

Knocked out at PQQ stage? Learn how to get feedback

Writing a tender for the vast majority of public tender contracts in the UK will involve filling out a PQQ. There are plenty of suppliers eager to fill those tender contracts and so the contracting authorities use them to keep the number of tenders they look at manageable. This can raise problems for suppliers that … Read more

Two Stage Tendering for Destination Builds

Perhaps the most crucial factors contributing to the success of a destination builds (tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants, head offices) are location and design.  Once chosen, there’s not much you can do about location.  Design however, is a different matter.  Not only does it cause challenges throughout the initial fit out, over time the building will need … Read more

Tender Writing Insights: What no PQQ, Francis Maude?

Francis Maude’s confirmed that by scraping certain parts of the PQQ process, it will help encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to win public sector contracts. Nice sentiment but is it really going to help the SME?

How many public contracts are out there for my business?

This blog suggests ways to research the size of the market for your type of business when building public contract tendering into your business strategy, along with some useful insights on how to begin the journey of preparing your business to take part in public contract tendering.