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InterTradeIreland Go-2-Tender Programme The award-winning Go-2-Tender programme has been designed to help SMEs across Northern Ireland and Ireland to be more successful in bidding for and servicing public sector contracts. With our one-to-one, sector specific support and guidance, you can begin to take advantage of untapped opportunities in the all-island public procurement market. 06/05/2022
Scoring Social Value in NI Contracts - Supplier Videos In July 2021 the Northern Ireland Executive published Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 01/21. PPN 01/21 mandates that from 1 June 2022 tenders must allocate a minimum of 10 per cent of the total award criteria to social value. This minimum weighting will apply to services and works procurements at or above the thresholds set out in the Public Contracts Regulations - PPN 01/21 - Scoring Social Value | Department of Finance ( An information session has been developed for suppliers. The information session sets out what social value is and how it will be scored in public sector contracts. The information video can be found here Suppliers - Buy Social NI If you are interested in bidding for public sector construction contracts and would like to find out more about the social value in these contracts you should view the Scoring Social Value in Construction Contracts – Supplier Information Video. If you are interested in bidding for public sector services or IT contracts you should view the Scoring Social Value in Services/IT Contracts – Supplier Information Video. 04/03/2022
Construction and Procurement Delivery (CPD) CPD helps clients across the Northern Ireland public sector deliver successful projects. For further information contact CPD by telephone on 028 9081 6200 or by email at 26/10/2018
DfI Roads and Rivers DfI Roads and Rivers is a business unit within the Department for Infrastructure, playing a significant role in facilitating the safe and convenient movement of people and goods throughout the province and the safety of road users, through the delivery of road maintenance services and the management and development of the transport network. It also informs the Department's policy development process to ensure that measures to encourage safe and sustainable travel are practical and can be delivered. 26/10/2018
Translink Translink is Northern Ireland’s public transport provider and is the name for the integrated operations of three companies – Metro (Citybus), NI Railways and Ulsterbus. Translink operates services from a network of 21 bus stations and 54 rail stations across Northern Ireland and provides a cross-border rail service to Dublin (operated in conjunction with Irish Rail). It's Head Office is based at Great Victoria Street in Belfast. 26/10/2018
NI Business Info The NI Business Info website offers an overview for local businesses on selling to government, explaining what is involved and how to resolve difficulties. 15/04/2015
Enterprise Europe Network The Enterprise Europe Network Northern Ireland provides help on researching markets and identifying new customers in Europe. 15/04/2015
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (GB) The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (GB) offer a free e-Learning course ‘Winning the Contract’ designed to address the small business knowledge gap on public procurement. Although the course is focused on Great Britain the background information is useful for Northern Ireland businesses. Access the course at 15/04/2015
Confederation of British Industry (CBI) The Confederation of British Industry(CBI) Northern Ireland organises an annual public procurement conference for suppliers, providing updates on procurement reforms and an opportunity to raise issues. Visit their website for more information. 15/04/2015
Invest NI Invest NI has published two helpful guides for local business on their website. The ‘Build to Win’ publication will help you through the process of deciding whether supplying to the public sector is right for your business. The ‘Successful Tendering Guide: The Tender Process’ provides general guidance on tender submission that apply to the public and private sectors. Invest NI also offer two courses ‘Introduction to Tendering’ and ‘Advanced Tendering and Proposal Preparation’. 15/04/2015