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The week in govtech: the biggest tech tenders and awards (1/4/19)

This is the latest instalment of an exclusive series analysing the UK’s biggest public sector tech deals. Every week, in partnership with data analysis firm Tussell, we drill down into the most valuable tenders and awards from the last seven days. Here’s what we found this week…


The biggest tender of the week comes from the Crown Commercial Service, which has issued the 11th edition of its G-Cloud framework. The framework provides the means for public sector organisations across the country to procure a range of IT services, including cloud hosting services and security software, from a list of approved suppliers. Companies which are already listed on G-Cloud 10 have been asked to reapply. The deadline for applications is 14 May and the framework is worth just shy of £2bn.

Contracting Authority Contract Title Bid Deadline Framework Tender value (high)
Crown Commercial Service G-Cloud 11 14/5/19 Y £1.95bn
Northern Housing Consortium Electronic Payment Services Framework 2019-2023 2/5/19 Y £150m
United Utilities Water Ltd Complex Multi Technology IT Services 5/5/19 Y £56m
Birmingham City University Tender for the Provision of Higher Education Online Distance Learning Programmes 29/4/19 N £30m
Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation Home to School and Safeguarding Transportation Solutions 30/4/19 Y £20m

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Transport for London has launched a study to assess how tech could help address the issue of suicide on the rail and underground network. The project will start with a market engagement exercise to assess supplier capabilities. It’s expected TfL will choose a supplier to undertake the work by March 2020.

Authority Contract Title Framework Tender Value (High)
NHS Supply Chain Audiological Equipment Accessories and Resources Y £13.6m
Perth & Kinross Council Financial Management System N £400k
Transport for London TfL Suicide Prevention Technology N


Amazon has landed one of the biggest deals of the week: a contract to provide a digital marketplace procurement portal for office and computing machinery, equipment and supplies. Rather than going out to tender, the buyer – Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation – awarded the single provider framework directly to Amazon, on the basis it was “the only viable contractor currently operating in the market for the products and service requirement requested”. It’s expected that up to £400m of supplies could be procured through Amazon’s platform, of which Amazon will take a cut.

Contracting Authority Supplier Contract Title Date Awarded Framework Value
Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation Amazon EU Sarl Digital Marketplace Procurement Portal 27/3/19 Y £400m
NHS Shared Business Services Multiple Suppliers Audio Visual Solutions and Integrated Operating Theatres 10/12/18 Y £100m
Scotland Excel Multiple Suppliers Supply, Delivery and Installation of Audio Visual Equipment 18/2/19 Y £30m
NHS Calderdale CCG The Health Informatics Service NHS Calderdale, Greater Huddersfield, North Kirklees & Wakefield CCG’s: Information Technology and Networking Services 15/2/19 N £14.3m
NHS Calderdale CCG The Health Informatics Service NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City & Bradford Districts CCGs : Information Technology and Networking Services 13/3/19 N £8.8m