Are you ready for GDPR?

With the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) replacing the current European Union Data Protection Directive as of 25 May 2018, it’s time to take your cyber security seriously.

So what is GDPR?

GDPR aims to protect personal data and give individuals control over how companies use information relevant to them and make sure that organisations process, store and destroy the data they have in a secure and safe way.

Any organisation that fails to comply with the new regulation rules could see fines of up to 4% of their annual turnover or 20 million Euros, depending on which is greater. At present, the maximum fine for a data breach is £500,000.

What do I need to do?

We are just days away from the new regulation coming into place, here are six key questions your business needs to consider in order to be GDPR ready:

 

How do I get Cyber Essentials before 25 May 2018?

To protect your business, and your customers’ data, your organisation will need more than just Cyber Essentials in place. However, this is the first step towards cyber protection.

Recommended by the UK Government, Cyber Essentials certification is designed to provide a statement of basic controls your business should have in place to avoid any risk from common cyber threats.

Get certified within 24 hours* with Cyber Essentials Fast Track.

 

*Office hours are based on GMT working time 9am-5pm Monday – Thursday and 9am – 2pm on Fridays. Fast Track applications made outside of these times cannot be guaranteed for a 24 hour turnaround.

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Why social value is so important in the public sector

Social value was a major talking point at this year’s Procurex England North event. It is becoming more and more important for the public sector to get maximum value out of every pound and penny that it spends.

The Social Value Act was introduced to cause public sector commissioners to think about how to secure wider social, economic and environmental value for their area or stakeholders when undertaking procurement. It has encouraged public sector buyers across the country talk to their local provider market or community to design better services. This communication with suppliers has helped the public sector to find new and innovative solutions.

Find out more about social value below.

 

What does Social Value mean?

The Sustainable Procurement Task Force definition of social value is:

‘A process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, whilst minimising damage to the environment.’

 

The Public Services (Social Value) Act

When the Public Services (Social Value) Act came into force on 31 January 2013 it changed the way in which public sector buyers commission public services to think about how they can also secure wider social, economic and environmental benefits through procurement.

The purpose of social value does not revolve around how much money is saved but about what other benefits the contract can provide.

Former MP Chris White, who introduced the Social Value Act, explains its purpose below:

“We mean ‘value’ not in its narrow [financial] sense but in its true sense – recognising the importance of social, environmental and economic well-being across our communities and in our lives.”

Social value is now considered before procurement processes have even begun. Public sector buyers must think about whether the services/products they are going to buy and how they are going to buy them could benefits their area and the stakeholders within it.

 

Providing Effective Social Value

Social value is specific and for it to be effective it must align with the specific needs of the local community.

Defining what social value means to the local community is important and there is a simple way your organisation can do this. You can establish social value requirements by looking at the priorities listed in a local authority’s Local Area Plan or Sustainable Community Strategy.

Communication is also key. If your business wants to win public sector contracts and provide social value to a buyer’s local community then you must consult with residents, MPs and local government representatives, social enterprises and other small business owners.

 

Winning Public Sector Contracts

Whether you are looking for procurement tips, webinars or a tender alerts service, Supply2Gov can help!

We help SME businesses get started with procurement, taking away all the confusing procurement jargon and filling you in about the things you really need to know.

If you want to win public sector contracts, register for a FREE local area subscription.

 

 

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UK Government Main Focus 2018

We are approaching the second half of 2018, which means we are starting to gather a clear picture of what the government is investing in this year.

This year saw the first ever Spring Statement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond. It gave the UK an update on the overall health of the economy and the progress made since the Autumn Budget 2017.

The Spring Statement 2018, which was made on 13 March, has been described as positive, due to the Chancellor announcing that “there is a light at the end of the tunnel” – with debt and borrowing reducing and economic growth forecasts being revised upwards.

Since the Statement there have been a number of announcements surrounding public sector investment – from cyber security to education and training, there are potential government tender opportunities for businesses of all shapes and sizes!

 View a selection of the government’s main focuses below.

 

Main focus - government tenders - supply2gov

 

Win Government Tenders

The figures above are just a small portion of what the government spends. Around £242 billion on goods and services every year! We publish government everyday, for the following sectors:

  • Health
  • IT
  • Construction
  • Cleaning
  • Training

Our subscribers can access tender alerts for the areas above and more! Once you have signed up for your FREE local area, simply tailor your profile to the services or products that your SME business offers. Start winning government tenders.

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NHS Procurement - beginners guide to healthcare tenders

Would your micro or small business like to win work with the NHS and other healthcare organisations?

Supply2Gov is here to help your grow your small business and find healthcare tenders that are relevant to your business.

The first step to tendering success is reading our ‘Beginner’s Guide to Healthcare tenders’ post. By doing this you will learn more about NHS spending, healthcare and NHS tenders, and the benefits of tendering for sole traders and micro/small businesses.

 

NHS spending

In June 2018, it was announced that the “NHS will receive increased funding of £20.5 billion per year by the end of 5 years.”

This funding has been allocated as part of a 10-year plan. Moving forward priorities for the NHS  include:

  • delivering agreed performance standards –  building on progress made in 2018 (with regards to the safety and quality of care)
  • transforming cancer care
  • better access to mental health services
  • better integration of health and social care
  • focusing on the prevention of ill-health

To complete the work which is required to improve these areas, more healthcare and NHS tenders will be opened to the private sector market. The winning bidder will be awarded the contract.

 

NHS and Healthcare Tenders

Within healthcare and NHS procurement the term “tenders” stands for the healthcare contract opportunities that are published by organisations like the NHS for goods, services, works and utilities.

Public sector organisations must be transparent when they are tendering and must treat bidders equally, while the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 encourage the division of large high-value tenders into lots, each of which can be bid for separately. This opens the healthcare sector to smaller businesses across the UK that want to find low value healthcare tenders.

 

Benefits of working with the NHS

Many private sector businesses are attracted to working with the NHS as winning contracts comes with benefits including:

  • Gain credibility and get the references your business needs to win work
  • High quantity and quality business opportunities

In addition, the Government’s prompt payment policy means that 80% of invoices submitted by suppliers to the public sector are paid within five days, with the rest being paid within 30 days.

 

How can Supply2Gov help?

Would you like to find healthcare tenders?

Our portal is powered by the UK’s largest database of health sector contracts. If your micro or small business wants to grow its client base and work with the NHS, find more opportunities with Supply2Gov.

We can help you get started with healthcare tenders right now, for FREE! We offer all new users access to a local area of their choice.

Once you have picked the area that you want to find work in, our team of expert researchers will send available healthcare tenders straight to your inbox.

Never miss another healthcare tender opportunity again!

Get started for free

 

*Blog updated 06/05/2019

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Growing your business with public sector tenders

Our main goal at Supply2Gov is to help you grow your business. Our platform gives small businesses access to contracts from across the UK & ROI.

Government contracts are not out of reach for smaller businesses whether directly or as subcontractors. In addition, by working with the government, your business will start to receive a steady income stream that will help you to grow your business over time.

Now is an excellent time to start looking for public sector tenders as Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Dowden announced in April 2018 that in future the government will exclude suppliers from major government procurements if they cannot demonstrate fair and effective payment practices with their subcontractors.

 

UK government supports smaller suppliers

Oliver Dowden reiterated in April that the Government is committed to spending 33% cent of procurement spend with small businesses by 2022, whether directly or as part of the supply chain. He said that:

“Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy, and play a key role in helping us to build a strong, viable private sector that delivers value for taxpayers and jobs for millions all over the UK.”

“This government is listening to the business community and is committed to levelling the playing field for smaller suppliers to win work in the public sector”.

In the future companies that pay their supply chain suppliers late will not be rewarded with public sector contracts as the government wants to hold larger supply companies to account for their payment practices.

In response to Mr Dowden’s announcement the Federation of Small Businesses National Chairman, Mike Cherry said that the new package will “boost SME procurement” and “clamp down on poor payment practice throughout public procurement supply chains”.

 

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Ready to grow your business?

Micro businesses often have enough on their plate without having to find tender opportunities. If you want to grow your business and find tenders the smart way, sign up to Supply2Gov’s free tender alerts subscription.

In addition to tender alerts, Supply2Gov subscription gives users access to exclusive training and consultancy services as well as a full programme of trade events and exhibitions which put you directly in front of the public sector buyers you want to do business with.

Start winning with Suppy2Gov and find out more about our Business Growth Programme.

 

 

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