Finding and bidding for Public Sector Work
Finding business opportunities in the public sector - Contracts Finder
Contracts Finder is a 'one stop shop' which enables suppliers to find business opportunities, tender documents and contracts online, free of charge. There is no need to register, you can simply browse opportunities online, free of charge and you can find it here: http://www.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk
Tips for Bid Writing
Stephen Allott, the Crown Representative for Small & Medium Enterprises, has provided a list of helpful observations based on the sucessful bids from SMEs for Government contracts
In February 2011, the Cabinet Office launched a Mystery Shopper Service to give suppliers a direct and anonymous route to challenge poor practice and lack of transparency. If you see a tender you do not understand, a specification you think should be based on outcomes or is 'gold plated' or an overly bureaucratic Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) you can raise it with the Cabinet Office's Supplier Feedback Service (SFS), who will raise it with the contracting authority on your behalf.
Further measures announced by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, to support SMEs to win Government business can be found here: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/better-deal-smaller-businesses