You can search for opportunities to sell goods or services to the public sector through any of the following:
- the Digital Marketplace, where you can sell digital services through the G-Cloud framework
- the Contracts Finder, which includes information about upcoming and ‘closed’ opportunities since 2010
You can also find public sector contracts in other ways, eg through approved supplier lists and industry resources.
You can also find out about opportunities by:
- looking for contract notices in newspapers and trade magazines
- contacting the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), which provides funding for new products
- contacting your local Enterprise Europe Network on the Enterprise Europe Network website
- searching for high-value public sector contracts in other European Union (EU) countries on the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) website
Approved supplier lists
Many public sector organisations keep lists of potential suppliers for certain types of work, particularly low-value contracts. Contact your local council or go direct to the organisation.
The construction industry
Many public sector buyers use Constructionline to publish contract opportunities.
You’ll have to pay to register on Constructionline. Fees are on a sliding scale, depending on the size of your firm, and begin at £90 per year.