With the end of the transition period now less than two weeks away, it is very important that your business is ready for our new relationship with the EU.
If you haven’t done so already, use the simple tool on GOV.UK/transition now to understand the comprehensive changes for your business, and for a personalised summary of the actions you need to take.
The way that opportunities to supply the UK public sector are advertised is about to change. From 23:00 on 31 December 2020, we will publish information on public sector contract opportunities in the UK, on the new Find a Tender Service (FTS)
FTS is free to use and replaces the role of Tenders Electronic Daily, the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU/TED) for procurements in the UK.
FTS will work alongside MOD Defence Contracts Online (DCO), until it is replaced with the Defence Sourcing Portal (DSP) next year. All legal and policy requirements to advertise opportunities on the DCO, and on the DSP once it has been delivered will not be affected by these changes.
FTS will also work alongside existing procurement portals such as Contracts Finder, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI which can be used to access a wide range of opportunities to supply the public sector.
Existing Contracts Finder account holders will be able to use the same login credentials for Find a Tender. You can register now in preparation for its launch on 31 December.
If you wish to access public sector contract opportunities in the EU, you may continue to do so via OJEU/TED. Information about procurements launched by UK contracting authorities before 23:00 on 31 December 2020 will be available via OJEU/TED or the existing portals mentioned above. Further guidance is available here.