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New rules for public procurement from 1 January 2021

The Business Secretary has issued the following information about supplying the public sector after the end of the Brexit Transition Period. 

The way that opportunities to supply the UK public sector are advertised is about to change. From 23:00 on 31 December 2020, information on public sector contract opportunities in the UK will be published on the new Find a Tender Service (FTS):

  • FTS is free to use and replaces the role of Tenders Electronic Daily, the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU/TED) for procurements in the UK.
  • FTS will work alongside existing procurement portals such as Contracts Finder, MOD Defence Contracts Online, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI which can be used to access a wide range of opportunities to supply the public sector.
  • Existing Contracts Finder account holders will be able to use the same login credentials for Find a Tender. You can register now in preparation for its launch on 31 December.

If you wish to access public sector contract opportunities in the EU, you may continue to do so via OJEU/TED. Information about procurements launched by UK contracting authorities before 23:00 on 31 December 2020 will be available via OJEU/TED or the existing portals mentioned above.

Further guidance on public sector procurement from 1 January 2021 is available here.

The Find a Tender service will be available at from 1 January 2021. 

Enquiries can be directed to

This information was issued in December 2020 by Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

More information about the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy can be found here.

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