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19th November 2020

Cabinet Office post-Brexit arrangements: Find a Tender Service (FTS)

From 1 January 2021, following the UK’s departure from the EU, any UK public sector opportunity above public procurement thresholds* will be published to Find a Tender Service (FTS), a new e-notification platform to be introduced by Cabinet Office.

Find a Tender Service will replace the UK public sector’s usage of TED for publishing tenders and subsequent contract award notices above public procurement thresholds.

How does this affect the NEPO Portal?

There will be no change to how suppliers use the NEPO Portal.

The NEPO Portal will continue to be used to advertise and manage tendering opportunities from NEPO, the twelve North East local authorities and Nexus.

Public sector bodies advertising opportunities through the NEPO Portal, have worked closely with system provider, Proactis, to ensure compliance with the new post-Brexit arrangements. This means that, in addition to the standard NEPO Portal email notifications that are sent to registered suppliers, all above-threshold opportunities will also be published on Find a Tender Service from 1 January 2021.

What do I need to do?

No action is required by suppliers interested in bidding for public sector opportunities. Please be assured that, if you have a NEPO Portal account, you will continue to receive notifications from the NEPO Portal.

From 1 January 2021, you may wish to explore Find a Tender Service in order to:
  • register for notifications of above-threshold opportunities from the wider UK public sector.
  • view information on which suppliers have been appointed, following above-threshold procurement exercises.
If you are currently subscribed to receive notifications from the OJEU, this service will continue to inform you about opportunities from the European Union. However, above-threshold opportunities from the UK will no longer be included in these notifications.

Find out more

NEPO will continue to provide updates as new information emerges from Cabinet Office. In the meantime you may wish to visit the Cabinet Office for further information on Find a Tender Service. Procurement Policy Note 08/20 provides an introduction to FTS.

Notes:

*The Public Contracts Regulations – Public Procurement Thresholds


Supplies & Services (except subsidised services contracts)


Schedule 1 bodies £122,976
Others £189,330


Subsidised services contracts


All bodies £189,330


Works (including subsidised work contracts)


All bodies £4,733,252


Light Touch Regime for Services


All bodies £663,540


Small lots


Supplies and services £70,778
Works £884,720