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The biggest govtech deals of the fortnight (1/7/19)

This is the latest instalment of an exclusive series analysing the UK’s biggest public sector tech deals. In partnership with the data analysis firm Tussell, we’ve drilled down into the most valuable tenders and awards from the last fortnight. Here’s what we found…

Prior information notices

Leeds City Council has unveiled plans for a full fibre gigabit capable network to connect around 1,500 local authority sites in the region. Estimated to be worth up to £21.1m, the initiative will bring ultra-fast broadband to the council and provide WAN (Wide Area Network) connectivity to replace its existing network.

The notice states: “It is envisaged that the contracting model will be based on two components, an Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) for the use of the network fibre elements for 25 years and a traditional services contract for the hardware and managed service overlay with an initial term of 7 years and option to extend by 3 years.”

A supplier open day will be held this month. Prospective vendors are invited to contact: geoff[dot]prowling[at]leeds[dot]gov[dot]uk.

Authority Contract Title Date Published Bid Deadline Framework Tender Value (High)
Cabinet Office Vehicle Telematics 17/6/19 Y £50bn
Leeds City Council Full Fibre Programme 27/6/19 N £21.1bn
Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation Library Solutions and Systems 17/6/19 Y £20m
Norfolk County Council HR and Finance System Transformation 25/6/19 N £16.8m
Scottish Government Electronic Counting for Local Government Elections 24/6/19 N £7m


The biggest tender of the week comes from Nottinghamshire County Council, which is launching a £250m for public sector buyers, including its own, to procure WAN services. The application process opened on 18 June for one month.

Authority Contract Title Date Published Bid Deadline Framework Tender Value (High)
Nottinghamshire County Council Wide Area Network (WAN) Framework 18/6/19 28/7/19 Y £250m
Procurement for Housing Electronic Payments and Associated Services 25/6/19 23/7/19 Y £60m
Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation Electronic Homecare Monitoring and Scheduling Solutions 20/6/19 30/7/19 Y £24m
University of Exeter Device Procurement 17/6/19 14/7/19 N £20m
Business Services Organisation Sensory Equipment 24/6/19 30/7/19 Y £16.9m


The Ministry of Defence has signed a £191m deal with Software Box to renew its Microsoft 365 licences, which cover Office 365 and Windows 10 Pro, as well as enterprise mobility and security solutions, for three years.

The nine-figure deal is just the latest in a string of multi-million pound deals between Whitehall, managed service providers and Microsoft. Last month, HMRC disclosed that it has signed two major Microsoft contracts in recent months. The larger of the two is a £105m deal with Softcat for licences. The second is worth £10m and covers its use of Microsoft cloud service Azure.

Contracting Authority Supplier Contract Title Date Awarded Framework Value
Ministry of Defence Software Box Limited Microsoft M365 E5 Software Renewal 20/6/19 N £190.6m
Ministry of Defence Boeing Defence UK Limited Defence Operational Training Capability (Air) Core System & Services (DCS&S) 31/3/19 N £35.7m
University of Birmingham Prolinx Limited Tender for the Supply of Equipment and Managed Network Service for Wireless, Network and Cabling 13/5/19 N £35m
Leeds City Council Multiple Suppliers ICT Goods Supply, Maintenance and Services Framework 17/6/19 Y £26m
Ministry of Defence Atos IT Services UK Limited ISS Test Service Partner 2/4/19 N £11.6m