THE PUBLIC SECTOR IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
The public sector wants to work with you and the government has an aspiration of spending £1 in every £3 of its procurement spend with SMEs by 2022, which means that the public sector and its contractors must engage with smaller suppliers and be open to new entrants to the market.
The public sector marketplace is huge and diverse, with contract values ranging from over £1bn to just a few hundred pounds. Any business can find work with public sector organisations (e.g. local government, central government, education), as its buyers rely on the competitive public sector supply market to keep services across the UK running; therefore, government contracts are a key area for businesses looking to expand, with plenty of lucrative opportunities.
CONSTRUCTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Construction is one of the largest industry sectors in the UK, representing around six per cent of GDP. The Infrastructure and Projects Authority has confirmed that procurements in this pipeline (2020/21) could reach up to £37bn and will include a broad range of works across infrastructure and construction such as:
- Construction work including building, design & build and civil engineering contracts
- Repair and maintenance services
- Architectural, construction, engineering, and inspection services
- Consultancy services
The local government sector consistently issues a large volume of contract notices and wants to see more SMEs benefiting from contracting opportunities, not least because working with local SMEs bolsters the local economy and could increase employment opportunities.
Local government currently spends over £57bn annually on a vast range of goods and services, making this a desirable marketplace for any supplier looking to develop new business opportunities, as local authorities require everything from:
- Suppliers for regeneration projects
- Social care services
- Transport and highways
- Planning and development
- Catering supplies and services
The education sector consistently issues large volumes of contract notices. Education covers everything from nurseries to universities, meaning that the sector has wide-ranging requirements, which offer opportunities to businesses of all sizes in almost all industry sectors.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the education sector has been asked to undertake a rapid transformation, with face to face learning in a group setting with a teacher/lecturer largely being replaced by online teaching delivered to students in their own homes, creating new and exciting opportunities for IT suppliers.
Alongside IT requirements, educational organisations tender for a range of works, goods, and services:
- Cleaning services
- Maintenance services
- Research and development
- Laboratory equipment
- Building, refurbishment and associated trades
The healthcare sector could not run efficiently without the private sector suppliers it works with and there is a constant stream of healthcare opportunities across the country for smaller businesses to bid for.
Healthcare tenders that are often posted on the Supply2Defence portal include:
- Ambulance and emergency services equipment
- Pharmaceuticals and medicine
- Technology and IT
- Dentistry equipment and services
- Medical equipment and uniforms
- Dermatology equipment
Tech and digital industries will form the backbone of the global economy of the future and the UK government wants to encourage this.
Public sector bodies are still moving into the digital age and the public sector recognises that micro and small businesses are a central part of its efforts to improve public services, meaning that there are lucrative opportunities for small businesses to win technology tenders.
Technology tenders that are often posted on the Supply2Defence portal include:
- Computer-related services
- Data processing services
- Software development services
- Technical consultancy services
- Hardware and computer-related equipment
- Telecommunications equipment and services
- System management services
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