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The week in public sector IT: the biggest tenders and awards (26/03)

This is the latest instalment of a weekly feature analysing the UK’s biggest public sector IT deals. In partnership with data analysis firm Tussell, we drill down into the top ten most valuable tenders and awards from the previous week, and take stock of which tech firms have won the biggest share of the public sector pie.

The top 10 tenders

This week, the biggest tender comes from the Home Office. Officials are searching for a firm to provide new systems for the enrolment, matching storage and reporting of fingerprints and facial images. Firms have until 23 April to apply for the contract, which is worth £308m.

Contracting Authority Contract Title Date Published Bid Deadline Framework Tender Value (High)
Home Office Home Office Biometrics (HOB) – Strategic Central and Bureau Platforms 21/03/18 23/04/18 N £308,000,000
Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Free Public WiFi Deployment in Managed Stations 20/03/18 09/04/18 N £66,000,000
Visit Britain Online Travel Marketplace in Middle East and Asia 21/03/18 03/04/18 N £4,800,000
Transport for London GLA Broadcasting 23/03/18 23/04/18 N £4,000,000
NHS National Services Scotland National Catering Information System 24/03/18 24/04/18 Y £1,750,000
Dorset Fire & Rescue Authority Wide Area Network (WAN) 22/03/18 09/04/18 Y £1,050,000
BBC The VHF Frequency Modulated (FM)” Broadcast Transmitters 22/03/18 16/04/18 Y £600,000
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Maintenance and Provision of Information Communication Technology & Associated Services 19/03/18 18/05/18 N £350,000
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Legal Case Management System 23/03/18 24/04/18 N £220,000
University of Birmingham Test Automation Solution 24/03/18 24/03/18 Y £200,000

The top 10 suppliers

The top 10 awards

The biggest supplier of the week and the winner of the biggest award is RedBEE Media, which is being paid up to £29,250,000 to deliver subtitling and audio description services to the BBC.

Contracting Authority Supplier Contract Title Data Awarded Framework Award / Framework Value
BBC Red BEE Media BBC Access Services 12/03/18 N £29,250,000
Southern Regional College Tribal Education Dept for the Economy Northern Ireland Further Education Colleges – Learner Management System 16/03/18 N £7,200,000
UK Shared Business Services Limited Omniaccess The Provision of VSAT Satellite Communications Systems ( Space Segment) for BAS Stations, Ships and Cambridge HQ 16/05/17 Y £4,744,010
Cabinet Office/CCS Software Box Provision of New Style of IT (NSoIT) Legacy Blue Sustain (LBS) Network Nodes 16/03/18 N £4,727,860
London Royal Borough of Greenwich Softcat Microsoft Enterprise Agreement 15/01/18 N £3,139,648
Bank of England Vizor Data Submission Portal (Software and Support Services) 12/02/18 N £1,965,750
Department of Health Computacenter PLC DHSC Procurement of Laptops 09/03/18


Warwickshire County Council Gamma Telecom Provision of Unified Communications (Project Connect) for Warwickshire County Council 20/10/17 N £1,111,645
Ministry of Defence PA Consulting Provision of Transformation Enterprise Architecture Capability 17/09/17 N £1,031,840
Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency Methods Business and Digital Technology Lead Engineers – Software 06/10/17 N £603,540