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Social Enterprises Win Contracts With Funding Help

Posted on 14-04-2014

  Eight social enterprises have won contracts worth £35 million with help from an investment fund which aims to help businesses bid for contracts. The Investment and Contract Readiness Fund (ICRF) aims to ensure ventures are better placed to win funding and to tender for public...

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Network Rail Reveals £38 Billion Rail Plan

Posted on 10-04-2014

  A £38 billion investment plan for the UK’s railways was revealed last week. The programme, which covers the next five years, will target the busiest parts of Britain’s rail network and provide a significant boost to the economy. The plan for Network Rail’s new...

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Procurement Reforms Will Take a Year

Posted on 08-04-2014

  New EU regulations affecting the way public sector procurement is governed are set to come into force in a year’s time. Under EU law member countries have two years to conform to the directives approved by the European Parliament in January. Martin Vincent, partner at law...

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Unilever Invites Law Firms to Tender

Posted on 07-04-2014

  Consumer goods giant, Unilever, has announced that they intend to hold formal panel reviews inviting law firms to tender for the right to provide their legal services.  Tender documents have now been released with the process being organised by Operations Legal Director Saswata...

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Network Rail Looking to Save

Posted on 31-03-2014

  Rail industry bosses have hit out at Network Rail for betraying British businesses and have outlined ways in which their companies can save the taxpayers £1bn and create better railways. Network Rail is once again set to become a public sector organisation. On 1st September 2014...

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Small Businesses Need to Take Advantage of Tender Opportunities

Posted on 24-03-2014

  For some time now the government has been working on procurement reforms which aim to increase the number of public sector contracts available to SMEs. The initiatives have been widely welcomed: however there is much more work to be done if the government is to reach its target of awarding...

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MOD Reveals Major FM Contract

Posted on 22-03-2014

  The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has revealed a new contract for the provision of facilities management services across a number of United States air bases operating in the UK. Working in partnership with the United States Visiting Forces (USVF), the DIO has estimated the...

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Shortlist Revealed for £5bn Highways Agency Framework

Posted on 21-03-2014

  Following the pre-qualification process shortlisted bidders have been announced for the collaborative works framework for the Highways Agency. The framework will replace the current major projects framework operated by Balfour Beatty, Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall, Carillion, Costain...

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Scottish Social Housing Sector Looking to Save on Procurement

Posted on 17-03-2014

  Unnecessary procurement costs still haunt Scotland’s social housing sector, but recent figures suggest they could save up to £42 million per year. The social housing sector in Scotland is comprised of 161 housing associations and co-operatives, which collectively manage...

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React Expands and Energy Tenders on the Rise

Posted on 10-03-2014

  React Energy Plc has announced that it is to buy the assets and business of biomass heat generation company, GG Eco Solutions Ltd (GGES). The move will strengthen React’s position in the UK clean energy sector as they also seek to raise up to £1.5m in funding for organic...

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Interserve to buy Rentokilís Facilities Management Business

Posted on 04-03-2014

  Interserve is set to buy Rentokil’s facilities management business for £250m. After reporting an 8% profit growth over the past year, the move will see Interserve become one of the UK’s top three FM contractors. Adrian Ringrose, chief executive of Interserve, said:...

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Bidders Invited for Landmark PF2 Hospital

Posted on 24-02-2014

  Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust has announced a bidders’ day on 6th March. The Trust is expected to use the day to provide information on the ground-breaking Midland Metropolitan PF2 Hospital build – the first of its kind in the UK. The PF2 model for financing...

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Construction Contracts Hit New Peak in January

Posted on 18-02-2014

  Construction contract values have continued to rise as January saw a 107.4% rise in contract values compared to December. January’s contract award values for the top 50 were at their highest since 2010, with firms securing a combined value of £3.17bn, which was two thirds...

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Bombardier Wins £1bn Crossrail Tender

Posted on 11-02-2014

  Train manufacturer Bombardier has won a £1bn contract to deliver rolling stock for the London Crossrail project. The new trains will be manufactured in Derby creating over 1000 jobs along with 100 apprenticeships in the area. Approximately 65 new trains will be built, with an...

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UK Construction Contract Value Soars

Posted on 06-02-2014

  According to a report published at the start of the month, UK construction projects have increased in value by 67% in the last year. The latest figures are taken from Barbour ABI’s Economic & Construction Market Review, which finds that new project contracts awarded in December...

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Contract Award Saves UK Jobs

Posted on 04-02-2014

South Somerset’s largest employer, AugustaWestland, has safeguarded 1000 jobs following the award of contracts amounting to over £760m. The Yeovil-based helicopter manufacturer was awarded two contracts by the Ministry of Defence. In carrying out the works, they will convert 25...

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Private Sector Dominating NHS Contract Wins

Posted on 28-01-2014

  A survey carried out by the NHS Support Federation has revealed that two thirds of the NHS contracts sampled were awarded to organisations in the private sector. Amongst those contracts awarded were pharmacy services, mental health care, ambulance services and paediatrics. The growing...

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New EU Procurement Reforms Help SMEs to Bid

Posted on 21-01-2014

  The EU has agreed to new rules relating to public sector procurement that will expand the £450 billion a year market to smaller contractors, enabling faster, more efficient outsourcing of services. The new regulations aim to cut the amount of bureaucracy for SMEs and provide the...

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Balfour Beatty Secure Olympic Stadium Bid

Posted on 17-01-2014

  There’s positive news for both West Ham United supporters and Balfour Beatty, as the construction firm secures the contract for the re-purposing of London’s Olympic Stadium. Balfour Beatty won the £154 million contract to convert the stadium into West Ham United’s...

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AMEC Awarded £255 million Project Management Consultancy Contract

Posted on 14-01-2014

  AMEC, one of the world’s leading engineering, project management and consultancy companies, has been awarded a five year contract by the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). The contract is worth approximately 117 million Kuwaiti Dinard (£225 million), and will see AMEC providing project...

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