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This section provides a range of helpful information on public procurement for current and prospective suppliers

Advice for suppliers on the impact of the new EU Directives

The European Commission has published new public procurement directives with the aim of simplifying the rules and procedures involved in the public procurement process. Our Supplier Update will help you understand the changes.

Supplies and Services Procurement Pipeline - June 2014

The July 2014 update provides information about Supplies and Services contract arrangements recently expired, those due to expire in the next few months and current OJEU notices. This information will help you plan ahead and prepare your organisation for upcoming tender opportunities.

Accessing public sector tender opportunities in Northern Ireland - the eSourcing NI website

Details of all current Northern Ireland public sector tender opportunities are available to view on the eSourcing NI website. To express your interest in a tender opportunity, you will be required to register (free of charge).

In Northern Ireland 98% of procurement spend is now subject to the professional influence of Centres of Procurement Expertise (CoPEs). CPD provides two CoPEs - Supplies and Services; and Construction Works and Services. A further six CoPEs focus on specific sectors - BSO PaLS (health supplies); Education & Library Boards (education); NI Housing Executive (housing); NI Water (water); Roads Service (roads); and Translink (transport). For further information on tender opportunities available through these CoPEs, please visit the relevant website. Links are available at the foot of the page below.

Links to other tender opportunities

UK Procurement Pipeline

Visit the Contracts Finder Website for details of ‘pipeline notices’ – potential opportunities from government over the next few years. These give you, as a supplier, advance notice of opportunities that might be offered by the public sector in the future - so that you can plan accordingly.

CPD Supplier Charter

The CPD Supplier Charter provides information about what we do and the standards of service you should expect when you deal with us. The principles and service standards set out in this Charter underpin all our dealings with suppliers

Guidance documents for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), and Social Economy Enterprises (SEEs)

Public Procurement A Guide for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMES) aims to help Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) increase their knowledge and understanding of public sector procurement (supplying goods, services and works to the public sector).

Public Procurement A Guide for Social Economy Enterprises aims to help Social Economy Enterprises (SEEs) increase their knowledge and understanding of public sector procurement and in so doing, helps them to develop their capability to compete successfully for public sector contracts.

SMEs and SEEs will also find the following web-links useful:

  • InterTradeIreland supports SMEs across the island to develop North/South trade and business development opportunities for the mutual benefit of both economies.
  • The Trade Social Directory is a valuable resource for social economy enterprises to promote goods and services to the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Published Lists of Contracts Awarded by Central Procurement Directorate

Contracts awarded by CPD on behalf of clients are availble to view for the following years:

Collaborative Arrangements

Central Procurement Directorate establishes contracts and agreements which can be used by a number of Government Departments, Agencies and other Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs), these are defined as Collaborative Arrangements. You can either view all collaborative arrangements or alternatively, you can view Construction, or Non Construction related collaborative arrangements.

Invoicing Departments in the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

For information on arrangements for invoicing NICS Departments please visit the Working With Suppliers Section of the Account NI website.

Tender Arrangements for Construction Works Contracts

Mandatory requirements for participation in tender competitions for works contracts up to £4.3m

In line with Procurement Guidance Note 05/12, the Centres of Procurement Expertise (CoPEs) have agreed, in consultation with the Construction Industry Forum for Northern Ireland, that from the 01 January 2013, contractors wishing to apply to be short-listed for invitation to tender must:

Prior Information Notice

CPD is collaborating with the Cabinet Office's Government Procurement Service on the re-tendering competition for the Government Procurement Card (GPC).

A prior information notice has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The new GPC (IV) arrangement will be in place in January 2014.

National Fraud Initiative

The Department of Finance and Personnel is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud. For more information please go to the DFP National Fraud Initiative webpage

Invest Northern Ireland Information Day NISPO II

Invest Northern Ireland, in partnership with Queens University Belfast and the University of Ulster held an information day on 07 October 2013 to communicate and to provide further information on the proposed terms and conditions relating to the public tender for NISPO II.

The presentation made on the day, along with details of the delegate Question and Answer session are now available to download.