There are many places you can find out about home care tender opportunities and domiciliary care tender opportunities.
You will find yourself often directed to the official tenders source tendersdirect. At the time of writing that costs £995 per year. If you are a bit more canny and sign up to lots of different services, you can hopefully avoid having to to do that. We tell you below about all the best free sources of information about tenders.
Tenders fall into 2 basic categories - those above a specific threshold and those below it. The UK thresholds for public sector tenders under the latest regulations are:
- Supply/Service contracts awarded by central government- £111,676.
- Supply/Service contracts awarded by other contracting authorities – £172,514.
If they are above that amount and are being tendered for by a public body they MUST be advertised on OJEU. To find out about them is an offical OJEU website
I'm guessing that most of you are looking for tenders below that level, so this is what this article will concentrate on. I've split the list into groups. These are national and multi-regional ones:
- Contracts Finder This is a national service on the government website. If you sign up for notifications for one, make this it. We've only just spotted it ourselves as it was the replacement for the business link contracts finder, which didn't work so well. However, although you are notified about pretty much all tenders here, to express an interest you may need to go through to other directed websites.
- NHS Sourcing Everything NHS
- Due North used to run a whole host of different procurement portals. Thankfully they have now brought them all together, and you won't believe how much work this will save you. Now all you need to do is go to Due North Supplier Login Page
- Another series of tender websites are run by Source. These are for specific local authorities and although there are ones for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland and Cambridgeshire, once you register on one you can get notifications for all areas. Source Northamptonshire
Some local authorities like to manage their own tendering process and have specific areas on their websites, these are the ones I found:
Find it in Birmingham
There are also a few purchasing groups. These are organisations that bulk purchase goods or services in order to get better deals for those organisations that sign up to buy through them.
There is normally a process you need to go through to be on the framework as a supplier for one of these purchasing groups. Depending upon the contract and the local authority it might be that only the organisations on the relevant framework will even be invited to tender.
Certainly this is the case for ESPO as Malinko is one of the very few home care software suppliers to be on the ESPO framework
So, as you probably know, we scour all these sources to post tenders on our blog and subsequently on the newsletter. Some of you have reported that as you only subscribe to the newsletter and by the time you get to hear about them the closing date has already passed.
There are a number of ways you can get informed about our tender notifications as soon as they are posted on our blog as we make sure we get this information out through lots of different channels.
There are a few ways you can do this, you can: