Individual policy teams procure contracts for the majority of educational services and programme expenditure. Suppliers interested in specific areas of education should contact the relevant policy team directly. If you don’t know who to contact, contact the public communications unit.
New requirements are usually advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union OJEU) and/or the national or trade press as appropriate.
Major running cost purchases (such as IT, consultancy and estates) are procured by central teams on behalf of the Department.
A free online public procurement course, designed to help smaller firms bid for the £220 billion of public sector contracts awarded each year, has been launched jointly by Small Business Minister Lord Davies and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne.
The course, ‘Winning the Contract’, shows participants how to identify business opportunities to supply goods and services to the public sector, explains the public procurement process, and demonstrates how to submit tenders. It has helpful hints and tips to guide and inform businesses on the bidding process, and where to find public sector contract opportunities.
More information and details of how to access the course are available on the Winning the contract information sheet.
How you prepare and present your tender proposal can be a crucial factor in securing a contract.
The following guidance is designed to help you understand how to create a winning tender:
Like all Government departments, our procurement exercises have no hidden agenda. All we want is to identify suppliers who can work with us to help us achieve our business objectives. Following these guidelines gets you off onto the right foot with us.
Your bid will be successful if it offers the Department the best value for money.
Detailed evaluation criteria for assessing bids will be included in your invitation to tender letter. All bidders are assessed against the same criteria.
We aim to award a contract as soon as possible following completion of the assessment process. This might involve attending an interview, where you will be given the opportunity to present your bid in more detail and be questioned by a panel of officials about certain aspects of it.
Within the limits of some commercial confidentiality, the Department will always offer to explain to unsuccessful tenderers why their bid was unsuccessful. This can be by letter, phone or in person.
Debriefing should be viewed as a two-way process. Our comments are designed to be constructive and to draw your attention to certain weaknesses (and strengths), so that you can better compete for future work.
If you would like to know which terms and conditions apply when bidding for a particular contract, contact the person named in the advertisement and tender documentation.
Due to the complexity of the majority of the Department’s requirements, contract terms and conditions are compiled on a case-by-case basis. However, most are based on our standard terms and conditions, which you can download.