There are lots of opportunities for UK businesses, both large and small, to get contracts within the public sector. The government is looking for new service providers and suppliers all the time and this market spends billions every year. There are several online resources listed below that could aid you in your search. So with the help of this guide, it’s possible that you’ll find a lucrative government contract.
1. Using Online Resources
This is a very useful resource for those hoping to secure a government contract. Using this search engine, you’ll be able to find contracts worth over £10,000. There’s information on past, present and future contracts, so even if there’s nothing for your business right now you can prepare for when there will be. It lists contracts in a variety of sectors across the whole of the UK.
Here you’ll be able to procure contracts specifically for digital services within the public sector. Rather than searching for contracts, however, you will list the services your business can offer. You can’t just list your services immediately; you’ll have to apply first. Here’s a guide to the application process. Furthermore, applications are currently closed but you’ll be able to apply again in six months’ time.
2. Getting Contracts Outside of England
Note that many of these resources are to be used by businesses in England only. Other UK countries have their own dedicated websites: Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Don’t forget to register with the government’s site to receive email updates on contract opportunities.
There are also many opportunities for securing public sector contracts in a variety of EU countries. Why not broaden the scope of your search and improve your chances of gaining contracts for your business? Use TED to find such contracts; they usually have around 1500 available!
3. Getting Niche-Specific Contracts
Constructiononline is a useful site for both buyers and suppliers in the construction industry. It saves the supplier time by reducing the need to get through a heavy vetting process, while it saves time for the buyer by analysing pre-qualification data to approve suppliers. There is a fee involved with this site depending on the size of your business.
4. Where to Find Further Resources
Another great place to look for public sector contracts would be in newspapers and industry-specific or trade magazines. Seek out listings that could be suitable for your business. Furthermore, each local council generally has a list of suppliers that they use. So why not try contacting your local council to see if there are any openings or if they would be interested in your services or products?
There are several different procedures that you might have to go through when it comes to actually procuring a contract, depending on the complexity of the procurement. You can find more information about procuring a contract here and if you have any questions, contact the Crown Commercial Services. If you have a good track record and put in a solid bid, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be successful in securing a government contract. Good luck!