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. 

In July, Crown Commercial Services published two huge Pre Information Notices including a £550m framework for Debt Resolution Services. As noted in our previous editions, AI is in high demand within public services and awards for COVID Tech continue to be issued across the UK.

Notices:

Crown Commercial Services – £90m Artificial Intelligence Dynamic Purchasing System 

The Crown Commercial Service is looking to put in place a ‘Pan Government Collaborative Agreement’ for the provision of AI services. Published at the end of July, this £90m PIN will cover discovery and consultancy work related to the use of AI in public services, development, implementation and support of AI systems in the public sector, data analytics using AI and the implementation of intelligent virtual assistants. 

Crown Commercial Services – £550m Debt Resolution Services 

The second CCS PIN is a £550m framework for Debt Resolution Services. Key core services may include debt collection agency services, warrant recovery services, debt analytics, data aggregation services, debt business process outsourcing and fraud and error prevention and analysis. 

Live Tender: £45m Robotics Clinical Partnership

NHS Wales is seeking an industry partner to develop a countrywide robotic surgical network aiming to make available the most advanced surgical techniques to the entire population. As a result of the unique geography in Wales, NHS Wales would require a robotic partner that shares NHS Wales vision in utilising technological solutions to overcome environmental challenges.

Tender deadline = 28th August 2020

Opportunities you may have missed:

Awards:

Student Loans Company awarded Talend Ltd a £500k contract to run a real-time big data project in Scotland which is expected to run for the next year. 

Also in Scotland, the University of Aberdeen awarded Fenix Media a £250k contract for a “Cloud-hosted Social Intelligence Tool” to help them in the “collection and intelligent analysis of acquired social media data”. The technology will be used to monitor internet traffic which includes the University’s name as well as key words that are identified as related to the University’s interests. 

COVID Tech:

Covid-19 continues to spur on the uptake and necessity of new digital technologies. One of the many tenders awarded was the Government Digital Service’s “work on the Vulnerable People Services” which was awarded to Method’s in April for £400k and was completed in July. 

Public Health England purchased over 1,000 laptops for Test and Trace from Stone Computers. Across the two contracts won, the award came to a total of nearly £1m.

Unsurprisingly, many contracts have been awarded in the past month to suppliers with technology to aid homeworking and video conferencing. Total Computer Networks Limited were awarded a three year contract to provide The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) with monitors for homeworking and Kcom Group supplied Hull University Teaching Hospitals with video conferencing equipment and associated annual support for 5 years.

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