construction tenders

Throughout 2018 and now 2019, both Ireland and the UK are investing into the construction sector. If you are ready to expand to the UK market, now is an excellent time to look for construction tenders as both England and Scotland are making some large-scale investments.

Find out where these construction tender opportunities are in our infographic, below.

Construction Infographic

 

Win construction tenders in the UK

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Free local areas include Dublin, Midland and Border.

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Love the uk public sector

Have you thought about working with the UK public sector? There has never been a better time for Irish small or micro businesses to explore the UK public sector.

Read why we think you should work with the UK public sector.

 

The government encourages quick payment

The UK government works hard to encourage more SMEs to work and bid in the public sector. One of the main requirements put in place by the government is that all public sector supply chains need to be paid within 30 days of submitting an invoice.

This ensures that SMEs are being paid promptly for work done – resulting in a healthy cash flow.

 

By 2020, £1 in every £3 will be spent with small businesses

The UK government is working towards a target that £1 in every £3 government spend will be with small businesses by 2020.  This target includes the Crown Commercial Service and each government department, and includes both spend through the supply chain and direct procurement spend.

Progress is already being made in some industry sectors as £1.39 in every £3 spent through the government’s Digital Marketplace is going to small and medium-sized enterprises. This has given the UK’s technology SME sector a major boost.

 

Huge opportunities for Irish suppliers

Last year’s ‘Exporting to the UK?’ report by Enterprise Ireland reveals seven key areas of opportunity for Irish companies looking to do business with the UK public sector.

These are:

  • National Infrastructure Delivery Plan
  • Northern Powerhouse Agenda
  • Scottish Government Investment Plan
  • NHS Five Year Forward View
  • Water Market
  • Financial Services/Fintech
  • Aerospace

These seven areas offer opportunities for businesses of all sizes, whether as direct contractors or as part of the supply chain.

 

Work with the UK public sector

Are you ready to branch out and explore the procurement possibilities available with the UK public sector? Each year the UK public sector spends £242 billion. If you would like to get started and find tender opportunities in the UK, start by subscribing to Supply2Gov’s “Touching the Sky” package. Users never miss relevant public sector contracts in the UK and they gain access to private sector opportunities as well – an excellent way to get a foothold in the UK market.

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Top tendering tips

At the end of January, our parent company, BiP Solutions, celebrated its 35th anniversary – which equates to a whole 35 years of procurement experience.

With this volume of knowledge under our belt, we have listed our top tendering tips for our S2G readers.

 

Complete all supplier questions

You cannot pick and choose the questions that suit you best. Iif you are bidding for a tender, it is vital that you answer all the questions. If you fail to answer all the questions you will just be wasting your time as your submission will automatically be marked as incomplete.

 

Ask the buyer any questions you have

Some suppliers think that they can’t ask buyers questions, while others are scared that they will get a ‘black mark’ against their name.

This could not be further from the truth! As soon as a supplier submits a question, it is anonymised. You should always keep in mind that there is no such thing as a silly question. If you don’t understand something, the chances are your competitors may be thinking the exact same thing.

Out of fairness, the answers to all questions asked are circulated to all the participants – be sure to read them all.

 

Don’t forget about low-value tenders

Whether you are new to tendering or have tendered before, low-value tenders are a great option and shouldn’t be ignored.

By choosing to bid for low-value opportunities that your competitors have ignored, you could find yourself a procurement sweet spot. Give yourself better odds of winning by choosing low-value contracts and save time on the bid writing process. In addition, winning smaller contracts can build a portfolio of public sector work, increasing your credibility when you do come to bid for larger jobs.

 

Double check your submission

Silly mistakes could cost your business a valuable tender. Even companies with experience in public procurement can get it wrong when they are bid writing – so make sure you are working with colleagues when you are writing your bid.

Make sure you leave yourself enough time to complete the tender fully and evaluate your work once it’s done. Get others in your team to have a look at it for you. A fresh pair of eyes can often spot mistakes or lack of clarity. Once you have made the changes, be sure to look over it again for any spelling or grammar mistakes.

 

Make use of a tender alerts tool

Make life easier for yourself by using a reliable tender alerts tool.

Save hours of searching by signing up to a tool that will send alerts to your inbox whenever a match to your chosen keywords or CPV codes arises.

The best part is that you can get started with Supply2Gov’s Tender Alerts tool without paying a penny.

Learn more about the Irish public sector by registering for FREE.

In November, last year, Mr. Paschal Donohoe, the Minster for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform delivered the Budget 2019. One key new strategy that was announced during the budget was “Our Public Libraries”. The Irish government is investing heavily into public libraries to encourage and improve learning, and to bring technology in libraries up to date.

We have highlighted some of the key elements of “Our Public Libraries 2022” in our infographic below.

 

Irish IT tenders

 

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Governments in Ireland and the UK spend a combined £242 billion (€270 billion) on goods and services every year.

If your business wants to tap into this spend and find tender opportunities in Ireland, start by subscribing to a local area of your choice for free.

New users can gain access to tender alerts in any Irish local area.

Training tenders Ireland

Last year it was announced that Skillnet Ireland will invest €2 million with industry bodies and enterprise groups in an attempt to enhance the skill set of Ireland’s workforce. The scheme, which is due to start this year, also hopes to develop new Skillnet Learning Networks throughout 2019 and 2020.

Look at our infographic below to find out more about this scheme.

 

Training tenders S2G IE

Win Irish training tenders

The Irish public sector is investing heavily in workplace training, making now an excellent time for providers to look for training tenders.

Get started today and look for these opportunities now by registering for free on Supply2Gov Ireland.

 

Why Supply2Gov?

Supply2Gov Ireland helps new to procurement enterprises access tenders in Ireland. With simplicity, registered suppliers can update their profile with keywords appropriate to their services. This enables matching Irish tender alerts to come straight to their inbox.

All new Supply2Gov Ireland users can access free Irish tenders in a local area of their choice. Free local areas include Dublin, Midland, and Border.

Irish environmental sector

At the end of 2018 the Irish Government launched a new trial programme to assess buses based on green criteria. Shane Ross, the Irish Minister for Transport, aims to purchase eco-friendly public transport vehicles in 2019, as well as outlawing the purchase of diesel busses for public transport. Read our infographic below to find out more about this programme and what public sector procurement opportunities are available.

 

Environmental tenders S2G

 

Win environmental tenders

If you would like to bid for and win more environmental tenders, Supply2Gov can help businesses access fresh opportunities every day.

Powered by Ireland’s largest database of public sector contracts, we’ve made it as easy as possible for you to find relevant opportunities in Ireland as well as in the UK.

 

New to tendering?

We have a range of payment options. Supply2Gov is designed for growing businesses, which is why users can choose to pay each month, every six months or annually.

If you are not a Supply2Gov user but would like to try our service for free, register now for our ‘Ready to Take Flight’ subscription and gain access to tender opportunities in the area of your choice.

Irish healthcare

At the beginning of October 2018, the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, presented the Irish Government Budget to Dáil Éireann. The Irish health sector will receive a further €1.05 billion in funding next year. Read our infographic below to out how the investment will be spent during 2019.

 

Health tenders

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Healthcare opportunities

The Irish Government Budget for the 2019 fiscal year was presented to Dáil Éireann on 9 October 2018 by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe.

During the budget announcement, Mr Donohoe said the Government has invested “record levels of funding into our key public services, including health” in recent years.

The Budget for 2019 continued this trend as a further €1.05 billion increase in funding was allocated to the Irish health sector for next year.

 

Health Budget rises to €17 billion

During Budget 2019, Mr Donohoe announced that the Irish health budget has reached €17 billion. Over the past two years, Ireland has seen “the highest level of Health investment in the history of the State”.

This investment will fund a range of additional services and new initiatives:

  • There are plans for a €25 increase in the weekly income threshold for GP Visit cards
  • Prescription charge for medical card holders aged over 70 years has been reduced by 50%, cutting the charge to €1.50 per item.
  • €10 reduction in the monthly Drugs Payment Scheme

Separately, the Minister for Finance announced that “€84 million will be provided for Mental Health Services in 2019, bringing the total available funding for Mental Health to €1 billion.”

 

Healthcare Procurement in Ireland

This increase in spend makes Ireland’s healthcare sector a lucrative market for micro business and SME suppliers.

HSE spends its procurement budget on a wide variety of goods and services, which means that there is a range of healthcare tender opportunities for your business to bid for.

Finding HSE tenders relevant to your business can be difficult. To make it simple for you, Supply2Gov provides an easy to use tender alerts service – which sends healthcare opportunities straight to your inbox.

 

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government tenders in Ireland

If you are looking for government tenders in Ireland, you can find out more about sectoral expenditure on an Irish government website.

Total expenditure for 2018 has been estimated to hit €72.5 billion. Spending is broken into seven categories:

  • Social Protection
  • Health
  • Education
  • Justice
  • Agriculture
  • Debt Servicing, EU Payments
  • Transport
  • Other

We have chosen to investigate a selection of these categories and will highlight areas of opportunity for businesses that want to win government tenders in Ireland.

 

Transport

Public transport is set to be a big part of the Capital Plan, a ten-year plan for investment into infrastructure. In January this year Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said;

“public transport is something I really believe in and something in which we will invest very heavily into the future’’

 

The government’s planned investment will support expanded bus services, additional carriages for Irish Rail, the metro project and the new Luas lines.

In total, the government is set to spend €2 billion on transport this year and €1.66 billion of this will be spent on land transport.

 

Education

Education is another key area for the Irish government; In 2018 expenditure sits at €10.1 billion. However, it has recently been announced that the government will increase capital spending on schools over the ten years as part of a €12bn investment programme.

Plans include the construction of new school buildings with work taking place at the end of this year.

 

Healthcare

The Irish government is set to spend €15.3 billion in 2018 on healthcare.

The public and private sector are working together to complete 14 state-of-the-art health facilities across the Republic of Ireland, a partnership between Health Service Executive and Prime Contractors Balfour Beatty and InfraRed Capital Partners.

The total cost is estimated to be €140m. So far, seven new centres have been built in Boyle, Tuam, Ballinrobe, Limerick, Claremorris, Ballymote and Kilcock.

 

Find government tenders in Ireland

If you would like to access procurement opportunities like those mentioned above, find government tenders in Ireland with Supply2Gov

New users can try our service for free and can choose a local area in Ireland that they would like to receive tender alerts for.

 

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