Businesses are being told that the way that opportunities to supply the UK public sector are advertised is about to change.
Business secretary Alok Sharma says that the change – due to come into effect at 11pm on December 31 2020 – will see information on public sector contract opportunities in the UK published on the new Find a Tender Service (FTS).
Mr Sharma has written to businesses across the country to inform them of the move, which comes as the Transition period comes to an end.
He says: "FTS is free to use and replaces the role of Tenders Electronic Daily, the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU/TED) for procurements in the UK.
"It will work alongside existing procurement portals such as Contracts Finder, MOD Defence Contracts Online, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI which can be used to access a wide range of opportunities to supply the public sector.
"Existing Contracts Finder account holders will be able to use the same login credentials for Find a Tender. You can register now in preparation for its launch on 31 December."
Businesses seeking to access public sector contract opportunities in the EU can continue to do so via OJEU/TED. Information about procurements launched by UK contracting authorities before 11pm on December 31 will be available via OJEU/TED or the existing portals mentioned above. Further guidance is available here. Enquiries can be directed to [email protected]
Mr Sharma added: "During these turbulent times, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for everything you are doing to prepare for our new trading relationship with the EU. Making changes now will ensure you are ready to take advantage of the new legal and economic freedoms that being an independent trading nation will bring."