Public-sector procurement from 1 January 2021

Information for public authorities, businesses and other organisations on the outcome for public procurement policy from 1 January 2021.

New rules for January 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.

This page tells you what you’ll need to do from 1 January 2021. It will be updated if anything changes.

Check what else you need to do during the transition period.

From 1 January 2021 a new e-notification service called Find a Tender will be used to post and view public sector procurement notices.

Advice for Contracting Authorities

You will need to publish public procurement notices through Find a Tender. This service will go live on 1 January 2021. It will replace the requirement to publish notices in the Official Journal of the European Union.

If you use a third party ‘eSender’ to manage your procurement notices, you will be able to continue to use them provided that they have confirmed they can publish notices to Find a Tender.

The following eSenders have completed this work:

  • Adam
  • ADB (UK) Limited
  • Atamis Limited
  • BiP Solutions
  • European Dynamics
  • EU Supply
  • In-Tend Ltd
  • Jaggaer
  • Proactis Tenders Ltd (part of Proactis)
  • Proactis
  • Sourcedogg
  • Wax Digital

If you do not use an eSender and/or intend to publish notices directly to Find a Tender, you will need to register with the service. This can be done now by creating a buyer’s account on Contracts Finder. All Contracts Finder accounts will automatically be given access to publish notices on Find a Tender.

Register as a buyer

Advice for Business

From 1 January 2021, if you are a supplier looking to do business with the UK public sector you will need to use Find a Tender to view new public procurement opportunities published by UK contracting authorities.

Find a Tender is a new service that replaces the role of Tenders Electronic Daily in the procurement process for new UK procurements. A new procurement for these purposes is a contract or framework agreement which is advertised after 11pm on 31 December 2020.

  • It lets you search for above threshold works, services, supplies and utilities contracts and framework agreements, across the whole of the UK.
  • You can search and apply for opportunities without registering.
  • You can create an account to get email updates and save your searches.
  • You should use Find a Tender if you are looking for national opportunities or contracts or framework agreements anywhere in the UK.

To view lower value opportunities you will still be able to use existing portals such as Contracts Finder, MOD Defence Contracts Online, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI. Please continue to use Tenders Electronic Daily to view details of UK contracts and framework agreements that were advertised prior to 11pm on 31 December.

If your business utilises public procurement data, you will be able to access a range of data outputs available for Find a Tender.

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Published 10 November 2020
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