While we anticipate the working world is going to change markedly over the course of the next decade thanks to the growth in the numbers of millennials in the workforce, an ageing population, and changes in the physical environment such as remote employment, we fully expect the future will, in many aspects, be shaped by digital transformation – the introduction of digital technologies to all areas of a business.

In this article, we want to delve into digital transformation in the UK but first, take a look at how they’re changing the global landscape…

Around the world

Governments around the globe are witnessing the rapid overhaul of their technological systems, so much so that Seoul and Toronto are proposing an entire revamp of their systems from analogue to digital alternatives.

Interestingly, a report by Deloitte involving 12,000 government officials from 70 countries on digital transformation detailed that when asked “to what extent do you perceive digital technologies are disrupting the public sector” only 16 per cent suggested “not at all”. Furthermore, when asked “how much their domain area had been impacted by digital trends, 37 per cent responded, “to a great extent” with a further 39 responding “to a moderate extent.”

Perhaps most worryingly, when looking at things from a global perspective, is the fact that when asked whether they are confident about their organisation’s readiness to respond to digital trends only 4% strongly agreed.

If we rewind to June 2021, City AM reported that over 65% of UK companies planned to increase their spend on new technologies – with 54% of businesses suggesting that the adoption of said technologies helped them successfully overcome the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. For 62% of businesses, meanwhile, investment into new technologies was anticipated by June 2022 at the latest.

Experts predict that investment in digital technologies could increase the UK’s GDP by 7%, equating to an additional £232 billion boost to the economy by 2040. “Digital processes in the public sector will create efficiency gains and cost savings of £75 billion” notes a report by the Centre for Economic and Business Research & Virgin Media Business.

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Number of Businesses Per 1,000
Average Searches Per City OCT/NOV/DEC
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According to search results, averaging across October, November, and December 2021, London comes in 19th out of 20 cities in regard to interest in digital transformation, with Bradford the only city below, with 14.6 and 7.1 searches per 1,000 businesses per month, respectively.

At the top, meanwhile, Coventry leads the way in digital transformation with 58.4 searches per 1,000 businesses per month, closely followed by Newcastle and Bristol which average 46.7 and 40.9, respectively.

According to Coventry City Council’s ‘Digital Coventry’ report, “the Council’s role will be focussed on helping to identify the priorities that will lead to the biggest impacts on economic growth and public service reform including infrastructure to support digital innovation in the city, providing insight and delivering public service reform directly, including working in a more digital way as a Council and promoting work that will support every resident in the city to benefit from digital change.”

Newcastle, meanwhile, which plays home to software giants Sage, has invested heavily in its digital offering in recent years, with the recent announcement that Version 1, digital transformation and technology provider, is to bring 200 new jobs to the city further reiterating this.

Digital transformation notices and awards

In order to fully understand the situation in regard to digital transformation, we explored the number of notices published and contracts awarded in each of the 20 cities which mention the keyword ‘digital transformation’ in the title, description, and complete entry fields in 2021, using Supply2Gov data. These notices and awards include contracts published by local councils, government authorities, and private sector buyers.

By compiling this additional data, we can get a clearer picture of what digital transformation looks like across these cities in, detailing who’s searching for the term online, and who’s actively seeking it through the publication of tenders.

In order to give an accurate total score for ‘digital transformation’, we aligned the total number of searches per 1,000 businesses with the total number of notices and awards per 1,000 businesses.

Once tallied, these numbers were then given a percentage score of the value 1 relevant to their total numbers. The lowest and highest numbers for each variable were 0.047 and 0.952, respectively. These values were then consolidated to give a total digital transformation score.

City Weighted Search Score Weighted Notice/Award Score Total Digital Transformation Score
Bristol 0.857 0.857 0.857
Edinburgh 0.619 0.809 0.714
Glasgow 0.523 0.904 0.7135
Newcastle 0.904 0.476 0.69
Nottingham 0.761 0.619 0.69
Manchester 0.809 0.523 0.666
Belfast 0.714 0.571 0.6425
Liverpool 0.571 0.714 0.6425
Cardiff 0.19 0.952 0.571
Portsmouth 0.38 0.761 0.5705
Leeds 0.333 0.666 0.4995
Sheffield 0.666 0.333 0.4995
Coventry 0.952 0.047 0.4995
Southampton 0.428 0.428 0.428
Birmingham 0.238 0.38 0.309
Derby 0.476 0.047 0.2615
London 0.095 0.285 0.19
Leicester 0.285 0.047 0.166
Stoke 0.142 0.047 0.0945
Bradford 0.047 0.047 0.047

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Boris Johnson famously coined three phrases at the start of the pandemic – “we’ve built out of the recession before, we’ll do it again”, “we’ll build, build, build out of the biggest crisis for 75 years with extra spending for schools, hospitals, and infrastructure”, and “build back better.”

In 2020, amongst other commitments to construction and infrastructure projects, the Prime Minister pledged a new 10-year school year school rebuilding programme with £1bn committed to the first phase of the project – the repair and redevelopment of 50 schools and FE colleges  in the worst condition across England.

That got us thinking, will the UK be able to build its way out of the pandemic, or has the impact of the past 24 months created too mammoth a task for construction to exist as the economy’s saviour once again?

Why construct?

Firstly, it’s worth understanding why the government chooses to spend money. Ultimately, it boils down to the stimulation of the economy, protection of jobs, avoidance of unemployment and promotion of spending.

The level of intervention and spending is largely determined by how bad things get – and despite some positive signs of recovery, there is still present fragility and plenty to suggest the road ahead will be rather turbulent.

Why we spend on construction

Research into expenditure has revealed that approximately every £1 spent on construction translates into £2.92 of value to the UK economy.

When we consider that the construction sector employs 2.7 million people and was, in fact, the only sector in the UK where pre-COVID there were more jobs in existence than at any time since 2007, you can see why there’s so much emphasis on the development of this area of the economy.

One project leading the way within construction that should bring music to the ears of those interested in economic recovery is HS2.

Project Speed Plan was initiated by the Prime Minister as he began the process of boosting the economy and last week UK firms were urged to bid for contracts worth up to £500m in total with HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson commenting: “HS2 has never just been about boosting transport – it’s about driving business, creating long lasting jobs, and building back better.”

Andy Swift, HS2 Project Client for Euston, added: “We encourage businesses big and small to bid for these packages and we are proud of the role that HS2 is playing in helping boost the UK economy after COVID.”

HS2, Europe’s biggest infrastructure project, has also been earmarked as “offering young people who are out of work the opportunity to kickstart their career on Europe’s biggest infrastructure project” in the Bucks and Herts area.

Building out of the recession is by no means a new concept – the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was an infrastructure project commissioned during the Great Depression but even this was just a tiny piece of the overarching plan developed by the US Government to reboot the economy – the New Deal.  3,470 fire towers were erected, 97,000 miles of road built, 3 billion trees planted, 711 state parks created, and, perhaps, most importantly, more than 3 million people were employed.

It should come as no surprise if, in the next few years, we see more and more construction and infrastructure projects being announced throughout each of the UK nations, commissioned by central government and devolved administrations.

Using first-hand Supply2Gov data, we can see that over the course of the past three months, there has been 17,045 contract notices published that mention the phrase ‘construction’.

If your business is looking to find out more about recently published construction tender opportunities, contact Supply2Gov today and begin your journey on the route to success.

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CIPS suggests that every supply chain should enhance its diversity as this “can not only bring new ideas and solutions to an organisation, but also boost competitiveness and market growth.”

That said, what value does a diverse supply chain bring?

  • Drives transparency
  • Drives competition
  • Brings innovation
  • Boosts market growth
  • Supports local (and non-local) economy
  • Enhances brand reputation

A background to supplier diversity

What is supplier diversity? Ultimately, supplier diversity refers to the purchasing of goods or services from minority, women, and LGBT suppliers (CIPS). By sourcing from suppliers from underrepresented groups, buyers can successfully enhance supply chain diversity.

There has previously been confusion surrounding the implementation of diversity into the supply chain, with business owners believing that it is simply a social programme necessary to improve their brand’s image – rather than seeing it as an opportunity to seize the welcome benefits that we’ve highlighted above.

Perhaps now, more than ever before, in the post-Brexit, post-pandemic world that businesses are negotiating, there should be greater reason to introduce more diversity into the supply chain.

A diverse demographic

The population in the UK is changing and the supply chains that are serving it should expect to change with it. Back in 2001, ethnic minorities accounted for 8% of the UK population whereas predictions suggest that by the time we reach 2051, that figure will be 20%.

Without brushing over this topic as if it were some marketing ploy, there is no denying the fact that if you want to appeal to, attract, and retain consumers, you need to reflect them and, equally, resonate with them. Similarly, increasing diversity in positions at all levels of seniority throughout your business and your supply chain not only attracts new customers, but it also attracts new staff.

These staff are, and for the foreseeable will be, millennials. As of 2025, millennials will make up more of the global workforce than boomers. This generation has grown up immersed in activism and campaigns for social good, and with good reason, they’re making sure that these things are present in the modern workplace. One startling statistic when considering the approach of millennials to the workplace comes from Deloitte’s Global Millennial Report 2021, in which they highlight the fact that  “the number of millennials who believe that business has a positive impact on society was 47%, marking the first time that figure has dipped below 50%.” That figure has fallen drastically from 76% back in 2018.

The report goes on to detail that 11% of millennials and 16% of Gen Zs consider diversity, equal opportunity, and discrimination as among the main concerns about the modern working environment, while at least one in five people said they feel personally discriminated against “all of the time”.

Prior to both Brexit and the pandemic discussions about the inherent rise of skills gaps across a number of UK sectors were prominent – fast forward two years and, unsurprisingly, the situation hasn’t improved.

Haulage hit with stark impacts of lack of diversification

You needn’t look too far back in time to find an example of where a sector has been drastically hit by a lack of diversity and diversification.

While there were additional factors involved in the shortage of haulage drivers in 2021, including increased workload, staff sicknesses, and a reduction in workers from overseas, much of the problem lay with the fact that the haulage workforce, as a whole, is ageing at an alarming rate.

Harry Holmes’ exclusive report in the Grocer noted: “What was once a quiet storm in the supply chain has escalated into a fully-fledged hurricane…even in the heady days before COVID or Brexit, the UK was already lacking around 76,000 drivers.”

Age was one of the most prominent issues. More than 230,000 HGV licence holders below the age of 45 have chosen not to enter the commercial haulage sector. More worrying still, the average UK driver age is 50 and reports ‒ for instance in the Guardian ‒ suggest that approximately one-third of the UK’s total 380,000 drivers may retire within the next five years.

That said, retirement isn’t just the only concern – underrepresentation of females has also contributed to the significant skills gap in the sector. Despite haulage companies now actively targeting women to consider a career in the industry, at present, women make up just 2% of the driver workforce.

How to improve diversity

We are by no means suggesting that if you have a very one-dimensional supply chain at present this is going to be an overnight fix and, similarly, we appreciate that the transition to greater diversity will take both time and effort.

Start with your internal operations. Find out what you need in terms of suppliers and then take time to educate your entire business about the importance of achieving diversity. This isn’t just a matter for the procurement executives, this is an ethos that needs to be understood across the business and to permeate throughout. Otherwise, it will inevitably fail.

The creation of clearly defined business values is certainly another way of ensuring that you’re not only able to achieve diversity but also maintain it – as this gives you something to reflect on and refer back to when you face uncertainty. Similarly, make sure to report on successes and failings.

Finally, not all business requirement is the same, therefore it should not be treated in the same manner. By removing a ‘one size fits all’ approach, you can successfully greet each new supply chain need with appropriate action – supported of course by the aforementioned business values.

Everyone has a supply chain, from multi-national organisations to small scale businesses fulfilling cleaning contracts and, while both will face individual challenges when attempting to diversify their respective supply chains, its important to approach decision making with an open mind.

Supplier diversity shouldn’t be seen as something that’s an added extra – it should be ingrained in your business as a must.

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As businesses prepare for the time that will inevitably be known as ‘post-pandemic Britain’, one thing is certain – small businesses need support and a structured plan.

Even before COVID struck, Britain’s business outlook was rather unsteady with Brexit lurking in the background and so, when lockdown commenced and businesses were forced into the new normal as it is affectionately known, supply chains faltered, and demand fell by the wayside.

Pandemonium ensued and small businesses were hit disproportionately, particularly in East Anglia, London, and the North West. Their problems were caused by the difficulties that we’ve mentioned above but, also because of many SMEs struggled with the rapid adoption of digital technologies.

Sink or swim

Survival mode was very much a shared view by business decision makers throughout the UK. ESEI, when discussing how to weather the storm, suggested that businesses need to invest in innovation, take their business online, respond to logistic demands, alter the existing business model, and rebrand.

Of course, not all of them above are entirely achievable but, some of them at least were attempted by nearly every business in the United Kingdom – in reality, they had to do something. Unfortunately, for SMEs, which make up 99% of businesses in the UK, the cost of COVID is expected to be around £126.6 billion, a sum that will have detrimental impacts on these businesses for years to come.

ESEI’s first proposal, to invest in innovation, sits at the very forefront of business events which took place during the initial months of the pandemic. Businesses found themselves turning off most, if not all, of their physical operations to focus purely on digital.

Microsoft Teams and Zoom quickly found their feet as the centralised office environment while the Cloud became the new filing cabinet. Companies that had barely used these new technologies before found themselves entrenched in their capabilities, making a number begin to ask the question, ‘well, what else can my business take advantage of?’, and the answer is ‘plenty.’

Then came AI & Machine Learning. Business decision makers call upon the help of these technologies in a bid to reduce their operational costs, increase their efficiency, grow revenue streams, and improve the overall customer experience. Sound familiar? Yes, these are exactly the same ways in which businesses can survive – by cutting costs, increasing profits, and holding on to customers!

Why go with AI & Machine Learning?

Prior to exploring the rapid growth of these technologies, it’s worth explaining what they mean.

AI, or artificial intelligence to give it its appropriate title, is the mimicking of human cognitive functions such as learning and problem solving. It uses both maths and logic to re-enact the reasoning people use to form new decisions and learn information. Meanwhile, machine learning is an application of AI that uses mathematical formulae and data to allow a computer to learn without instruction. Ultimately, this allows the device to be let loose on self-improvement and knowledge enhancement.

For small business owners, this is probably the stage where you think you are way out of your depth, thinking that advanced digital infrastructure like this is way beyond their business but, the fact of the matter is, every business can benefit from learning more about themselves and their operations through the power of data, regardless of what you do.

Big data – sounds daunting, doesn’t it? The term big data, often used for the data used by AI and machine learning, may come across as intimidating but it’s not about providing all the data associated with your business throughout history. Rather, it is about harnessing relevant data and technology to get a clearer picture of the current situation and what the future is likely to hold.

In even better news for small business owners – most of the groundwork associated with AI and machine learning has already been done, so all you have to do is implement it and start reaping the inevitable rewards.

Cost and reward

For small to medium size businesses, before investing, ensure that you can acquire a solution or software that gives you access to the data analysis that you need, rather than a full suite of tools that are redundant to you.

Thanks to the size of your company, your journey time from deployment to integration should be considerably lower than that of a major corporation as you should be able to get it running in conjunction with your current setup.

In recent years, the price of technology associated with accessing data has dropped significantly – use free government databases and social network stores to power your insights combined with in-house data that you have already been collecting.

By introducing AI & machine learning you can successfully position your business as one of the most competitive within the market, anticipating trends and making moves ahead of fellow business decision makers.

Innovation is at the forefront of business decision makers’ minds within SMEs however, business these individuals often find themselves swamped in the day-to-day decisions that could easily be made by AI. Take the time back from less important decisions and reassign it to those which could be taking your business to the next level.

Where do I begin?

Before you press go, you need to understand the problems that you face rather than automatically trying to come up with a solution. Likewise, implementing AI and machine learning throughout the business at every possibility will simply result in you becoming inundated with data that you’re unsure how to utilise – find the areas that need assistance and start there.

Emails, social media, web traffic, and customer data – all of these places will provide you with the necessary data to feed the machine – it really is everywhere and ready for you to manipulate.

For small businesses in a post-pandemic world, there are plenty of lucrative opportunities – no more so than within the public sector! Did you know that the government has pledged its support to start ups and SMEs either directly, or through the supply chain? That means businesses like yours, regardless of size, could be winning the next government contracts today!


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education - UK Tenders

Great news for businesses of all sizes – contracts have been published for the £7Bn Department for Education 2021 Construction Framework. The four-year framework is for the delivery of both education and non-education projects across the public sector.

The framework supports the delivery of the Department for Education’s school building programme, with an emphasis on achieving net zero carbon in operation.

Following a rigorous selection process, 26 contractors have been selected nationally to deliver projects ranging from small works at £500k to £6M, to medium value works at £6M to £12M, and to high value works over £12M.

The new framework will be available to local authorities, schools, academies, further education colleges, universities, and other public bodies that provide educational facilities in England, while also being available to central government, including government agencies.

What are frameworks?

For suppliers that are already working with the public sector and would like to expand the opportunities available to them, winning a place on a framework agreement can help them participate in national and large collaborative procurements where the framework is often divided into specialist or geographical lots.

Although winning a place on a framework agreement is no guarantee of work, it can significantly enhance a supplier’s reputation and prestige, and can bring smaller suppliers (businesses like yours) the opportunity to work with high-profile buyers (procurement heads).

Sustainability and social value

Midlands contractor GF Tomlinson, one of the selected partners, found their strong focus on sustainability and social value helped them secure a place on the framework, highlighting an ever growing need for SMEs to invest in their business processes, so they remain ethical and responsible.

Chris Flint, Managing Director at GF Tomlinson, said: “The DfE framework places decarbonisation at the forefront of every scheme. Our standardised school solutions comply with the DfE’s Output Specification and meet the zero carbon requirements for new schools.

“We will work with the DfE, their technical advisors and the schools themselves to ensure schemes continue to respond to the climate emergency and achieve the Government’s net zero targets.”

Opportunities on frameworks

With the Government’s drive to reduce carbon emissions in all its buildings, now is a great time to approach the market with new green innovations.

Having a social value or environmental plan already in place for your business can help larger organisations meet their targets and give you a stronger case when bidding for projects. Sustainable tendering has never been more important.

Where do me and my business come in?

The obvious question we hear you asking is ‘so, where do me and my business come in?’. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that there exist a plethora of opportunities within frameworks across a wide variety of areas – and you don’t even need to find them yourself, thanks to the potential offered by S2G.

S2G can help you find tenders and give you market sector advice tailored to your organisation.

It’s important to build relationships with the supply chain to ensure you don’t miss out on a place on these large government projects

Find new opportunities

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With the announcement of some £20M in investment from the UK Government, tidal stream electricity is due to create waves across the UK.

The investment has been announced as part of the flagship renewable energy auction scheme, Contracts for Difference, and will kickstart a brand-new chapter in the UK’s tidal industry.

Contracts for Difference (CfD) contracts are allocated through a competitive auction process where the cheapest projects in each technology group are awarded contracts first, with the auction designed to ensure competitive pressure to keep costs down and protect consumers.

Renewable projects are subject to strict planning controls that afford protections to local communities and the environment, and guidance will ensure communities are engaged with and are able to benefit from renewable infrastructure in their area.

Here, we take a brief look at the history and the benefits that said investment is set to have.

Tidal technology

Scotland has long been a pioneer for tidal technology, hosting the world’s largest tidal stream generating station, built in 2018. The latest round of investment will not only boost Scotland’s marine energy sector, but expand this across the UK – projects are currently in development in North-West Scotland, North Wales and the Southern coast of England.

The investment will give the sector the chance to develop its technology and lower its costs in a similar way to its world-leading offshore wind industry.

With the predictability of the tides, tidal energy has the potential to be a very reliable source of generation and will make it easier to match supply with demand, building on the UK Government’s commitment to build a strong, home-grown renewable energy sector to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and exposure to volatile global gas prices.

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “As an island nation we are perfectly placed to capitalise on clean marine energy, building on our booming offshore wind sector which is now a British industrial success story.

“We hope to see marine energy follow in the successful footprints of other renewable technologies, where we’ve seen costs fall dramatically in recent years thanks to UK Government support.

The investment today provides a major push for tidal power to become a key part of the next generation of renewable electricity projects needed to strengthen energy security as we work to reduce our dependency on volatile fossil fuels.”

Net zero

The UK has set forth its intentions on achieving net zero and reducing carbon emissions, and numerous green initiatives have been put forward and received funding. Tidal energy now joins that group, creating opportunities in green technology across the UK.

CEO of Renewable UK, Dan McGrail, commented: “This is a major step forward for the UK’s world-leading tidal energy industry, allowing us to ramp up the roll-out of our cutting-edge marine technologies and increase the pace of innovation in the sector to become more cost-competitive.

“Ring-fenced funding for tidal stream doesn’t just unlock private investment and secure green jobs today – it also puts us in pole position to capitalise on exports to the global market in due course. That’s why we’ve been calling for this dedicated pot of funding for tidal power.”

Unlocking investment

It’s good news for British businesses too – companies now have a chance to tender for new projects in the green technology sector.

Chair of the UK Marine Energy Council, Sue Barr, said: “The impact of this support cannot be overstated. Here in the UK, we have the knowledge, skills, people and projects to lead the world in marine energy, but we have been missing a vital piece of the puzzle to unlock investment and allow the sector to scale-up and deliver. The marine energy sector stretches the length and breadth of the UK – from the Isle of Wight to Orkney and Shetland.”

Winning contracts for the likes of marine energy projects will undoubtedly support SMEs for a considerable time to come and will, certainly, be welcome news for business leaders across the country.

Find new opportunities

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Data released by the Department for International Trade shows that there has been more than £5.8Bn of foreign investment in green projects since the launch of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan.

The figures also show that 56,000 high-quality green jobs have been secured and created across the UK since November 2020.

The release of the data came ahead of the COP26 conference being held in Glasgow, as the UK leads on tackling climate change.

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What does this mean?

This major green investment boost comes as part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan and ambition to make the UK a global leader in green technology and finance. Investment includes more than £650M in advancing offshore wind this year alone, supporting almost 3,600 jobs across the Humber and North-East; and over £900M in accelerating the shift to zero-emissions vehicles.

The UK will also see AESC invest over £400M in battery manufacturing for example, as part of a £1Bn project with Nissan and Sunderland Council to create a flagship Electric Vehicle Hub.

Securing private investment for clean technology is a core part of the Government’s strategy to meet our world-leading emissions reductions targets over the next decade and achieve Net Zero by 2050.

The PM’s Ten Point Plan will mobilise £12Bn of Government investment over the next decade to create and support up to 250,000 highly skilled green jobs in the UK – and unlock three times as much private sector investment by 2030.

What are the UK Government saying?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “These new figures are yet more evidence that going green means creating high-quality jobs across the United Kingdom.

“We are at the forefront of seizing these new opportunities, supported by major government investment and a British zeal for innovation and commerce.

“Since the launch of our Ten Point Plan, businesses across the country have attracted international investment in the industries of the future, ensuring we build back better and greener.”

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan commented: “The UK is already one of the most attractive investment destinations in the world and the Global Investment Summit will build our reputation further as we bring the world’s top business names to our shores.

“Inward investment helps level up the UK by making companies more profitable, which means they can invest back into local economies and create stronger supply chains, meaning more sustainable communities for the future.”

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng added: “The UK is fully capitalising on the global green industrial revolution, showing the world how business and industry can remain competitive and attract international investment in this race to secure new green industries.

“As we power on with our plan to back new British industries – from car battery makers to wind turbine designers – we are laying the foundations for a new era of green jobs and decades of economic growth to come.”

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What is net zero?

With COP26 on the horizon, the goal of net zero and reducing carbon emissions has been pushed further into the spotlight.

On 12 June 2019, the UK Government amended the Climate Change Act to introduce a target of a 100% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 2050, compared to 1990 levels.

The momentum has continued with adverse weather events becoming more widely experienced. In April this year the sixth Carbon Budget set into law the climate change target to reduce UK emissions by 78% by 2035, compared to 1990 levels.

Tackling climate change is a huge issue, but SMEs can make a contribution to the UK’s targets by implementing small changes and improving sustainability.

Why does it matter to you?

In June this year, a new National Procurement Policy was released which stated that all public sector buyers must consider social value outcomes in their procurement exercises, alongside additional priorities including:

  • Creating new businesses, new jobs and new skills in the UK
  • Improving supplier diversity
  • Tackling climate change and reducing waste

With the pressure on public sector buyers and larger businesses to improve their green credentials, they will soon be looking to their supply chain to help them meet these challenging targets.

By starting now, you will give yourself an advantage and get ahead of your competitors. Appoint a green champion and learn what changes you can make. Government and business organisations such as the FSB provide help to make your business more sustainable.

Supply to Government

From cleaning contracts to construction contracts, the public sector wants to buy from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as they provide value for money, innovation and economic benefits. With the UK Government committing to 33% of procurement spend by value going to the growth of SMEs, now is the time to enter the public sector supply chain.

Government spends some £285 billion on public procurement every year. This huge marketplace requires suppliers across all business sectors – from cleaning to catering, furniture to fencing, and building to boilers, central and local government contracts are plentiful, with many contracts suitable for SMEs.

Top 10 Tips:

  1. Put a plan in place now – having a track record will give your tender credibility.
  2. Implement a green policy – small changes such as reducing printing, turning off computers and holding online meetings all make a difference.
  3. Have green premises – turning lights off, turning down heating and using eco-technologies will not only improve your bid, but also help your bottom line.
  4. Deliveries – consider using electric vehicles or consolidating deliveries to lessen carbon emissions.
  5. Consider your company’s culture – can you start a cycle to work scheme? Do you use single-use plastic cups?
  6. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle your waste – or can someone else make use of it?
  7. Customers are demanding more green solutions and technologies – can your company provide the innovations needed?
  8. Consider your supply chain – what are they doing to become more sustainable?
  9. Measure your carbon footprint – there are many advice services that will help you understand where improvements can be made.

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The public sector supply chain – what you need to know 

Government spends some £285 billion on public procurement every year. This huge marketplace requires suppliers across all business sectors – from cleaning contracts to catering, furniture to fencing, and building to boilers, central and local government contracts are plentiful, with many contracts suitable for SMEs. 

National Procurement Policy Statement (NPPS) 

The Government has recently released a new National Procurement Policy Statement. 

The NPPS requires contracting authorities to consider social value outcomes in their procurement exercises, alongside additional priorities including: 

  • Creating new businesses, new jobs and new skills in the UK 
  • Improving supplier diversity 
  • Tackling climate change and reducing waste 

What does social value mean? 

Government wants to ensure public procurement enhances social value for communities. How can this be achieved? 

  • By generating economic growth 
  • By creating new jobs and skills designed to support the growth of SMEs 
  • By increasing job opportunities 
  • By contributing to government targets of hitting net zero by 2050 and reducing waste 
  • By supporting start-ups, SMEs and voluntary, charitable and social enterprises  
  • By increasing innovation and technology through the supply chain 

Why does this matter to you (and all other government suppliers)? 

Adding social value to your tender bids helps you stand out from your competitors, and helps local authorities and government hit their targets. 

What you can do to add social value to your tender 

  • Prepare yourself. What are the challenges facing the authority, and how can you help them achieve their objectives? 
  • Look at local environmental policy. How you can help the authority to meet their goals?  
  • What can be done within the scope of the contract to add social value? 
  • Look at what your competitors are doing. What are their policies? 
  • Look at Corporate Responsibility Checklists. What are you already doing which you could include in your bid? 

Top Tip 

Make a start now. A track record looks better on a tender and you won’t be struggling to backfill your policy when you write your bid. 

What should you be doing first to get ready for these changes? 

Prepare: Business intelligence is key, so be ready for opportunities. Supply2Gov can provide you with the insight you need, ahead of the competition. 

Engage: Supplier engagement is about introducing innovation into the supply chain, as well as improving productivity and outcomes.  

Learn: Procurement advice services can help you build your bid with strong social value benefits. 

Remember, Supply2Gov is here to help you with business intelligence and expert advice on growing your business.  

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