GovTech in Focus: Top tenders & awards, February - March


Startups, we know that selling to the public sector is tough. In a monthly series, PUBLIC – in partnership with Tussell, the data provider on UK government contracts and spend – provides the GovTech community with the lowdown on the most valuable and exciting GovTech tenders issued by public-sector bodies every month – as well as the opportunities you might have missed.


Many of the top live tenders this month have a focus on health and social care opportunities. You have until 24th March to apply for the following tenders:Hampshire County Council is seeking a supplier of Collaborate Robots (COBOTS) for robotic lumbar equipment - Radiotherapy, mechanotherapy, electrotherapy and physical therapy devices, used by care providers. This is a large contract worth up to £10 million. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is on the hunt for an evaluation partner that can research, test and develop a multi-agency advice service that will offer support, information and advice on the regulation and health technology assessment pathways for AI in health and other data-driven technologies.


Big-data solutionsThe DHSC have awarded a £456k contract to Telefonica (O2) for the 'O2 Motion Data and Insights' to provide insight on movement, demography, mobility-patterns of 30% of the UK population.Robots with legsThe University of Strathclyde have awarded a £75k contract to Boston Dynamics for a 'legged mobile robot, capable of navigating stairways and oddly arranged terrain, facilitating safe traversal'.


The largest award this month came from Aston University for the construction of “Cyber Factory”, a 440m2 building to deliver training and support facilities focused on the programming of specialist industrial equipment. Novus Property Solutions Limited were awarded £1.85 million to deliver this project in the West Midlands.


Each month, we’ve been looking at the contract awards relating to COVID-19, whether issued to directly respond to challenges around the virus, or side effects such as the shift to remote work and infrastructure needed to support this. Over the last month, a further 39 contracts have been awarded with a total value of £65 million to solve problems and boost public sector resources to help councils, government departments and the NHS. Such a high spend indicates the continuing need for solutions in this area, particularly due to the threat of new Covid-19 variants and a desire for the increase in remote access to public services. Deloitte were awarded a £51m contract by NHS Digital to design and build a digital platform to support the Covid-19 National Test Service, supporting the digital and data journey for COVID-19 testing, currently amounting to millions of tests each week.The East Of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub have awarded a £914k contract to Attend Anywhere for a telehealth video conferencing software solution for the East of England. While not directly related to Covid-19 testing and remote communication, Form the Future C.I.C have won a large £2.2 million contract to deliver a skills and apprenticeship service focusing on business, educational establishments and supporting individuals looking to retrain. With a particular emphasis on boosting employment post-pandemic, the service will be dedicated towards increasing the awareness of apprenticeships and supporting careers advice in education.If you are a tech company that wants unparalleled insights into the key government opportunities and trends, get in touch with us about how we can help – you might be interested in applying to our GovStart programme! Using Tussell’s comprehensive database of UK public sector procurement and spend, you can get trends, analysis and live updates on the government’s procurement of technology. Essential for anyone looking to take a strategic approach to scaling up through public procurement.


Sep 20, 2021