I’m writing this open letter to you, as I’m seriously concerned about the clear lack of coordinated thinking and resistance to action across procurement teams within the public sector. [Read more…]
Our esteemed colleague Sharon Evans recently attended a networking event organised by Business Education South Yorkshire (BE-SY) and Sharon was lucky enough to be invited through our support with the Entrepreneur exchange.
Sharon was mixing with other businesses who were both established and successful but also with new start businesses including a very impressive 17 year old who had high hopes of being the new Richard Branson.
Here’s the link – but can you spot Sharon (PS she’s in the first 20 seconds with the long blonde hair!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikOZ5Dv4ZQ4
For those of you who are into twitter, we are @Ocurem and maybe some of you know that on a Sunday the entrepreneur and “Dragon” Theo Paphitis runs a twitter club called Small Business Sunday (#SBS on twitter for short)
Yesterday Ocurem were selected and were re-tweeted by Theo Paphitis as on of the 6 small businesses who caught his eye! We were obviously delighted, but also it has set the mood in the office for the week, and we are now really raring to go this week.
On the agenda we’ve got bids to write for clients, and also training to prepare, but we are in a “can do spirit” and feel both lucky and rewarded, so thank you Theo for making our day, (in fact our week!) and thanks to our twitter followers for the encouragement and support – it’s much appreciated and the little things like this that keep the team at Ocurem motivated!
Major Regional College draws on procurement expertise for forthcoming major IT overhaul for their supply chain.
Hertford Regional College (HRC) has appointed procurement consultancy Ocurem Ltd, to review, manage, and tender its IT requirements, which are estimated to be up to £30 million pounds and include Cloud Computing, IT hardware, software and e-learning.
The procurement exercise aims to ensure that a single supplier is selected rather than a variety of suppliers, therefore reducing cost and supplier management. This framework for Cloud IT and Infrastructure Services is for the supply of ‘green’ Data Centre services and includes Infrastructure, Platform and Software as a service and expect a wide spectrum of schools, colleges and universities to utilise these services for data storage, on-line learning delivery, web hosting and IT service support.
The framework agreement will allow colleges and other publicly funded institutions from all over the UK and Europe to buy from the successful supplier once the final volume discounted pricing structures have been agreed. HRC and Ocurem are welcoming potential suppliers who form part of a consortium.
The deadline for the potential suppliers to request the tender pack is 26th January 2011. Potential suppliers can request details by emailing HRC@ocurem.com The final deadline for PQQ responses is 1st February 2011 @ 4pm.
The procurement exercise being managed by Ocurem is made up of 2 parts; The Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) followed by a successful shortlist of suppliers invited to tender (ITT).The contract is expected to be awarded throughout April.
Northumbrian Water Limited have an interesting tender for Electrical accessories, Ref: 2010/S 236-360646
5 Year deal worth approx £1 250 000,00 – £2 000 000,00 this is a framework agreement, with the likelihood of several suppliers being used.
The contract is split into 11 lots – as detailed below
Category A: Batteries and chargers. AA and AAA batteries, rechargeable batteries.
Category B: Cable – includes armoured, steel wired cable, 0 – 1000 volts. Single/tri -rated, multi cord, panel wiring for installation and repair.
Category C: Connectors. Electrical connectors for termination – current rating 0 to 1000 volts.
Category D: Control gear. Contact blocks, lamp blocks etc.
Category E: Electrical installation. Including lamps, junction boxes, gang sockets.
Category F: Enclosures and fans. Including axial fans, sleeve bearing.
Category G: Passives. Signal and voltage protectors.
Category H: Power supplies. UPS.
Category I: Process control. Conductive level controllers, NC thermostat.
Category J: Semi-conductors. Rectifier diode, transistors.
Category K: Relays and switches. Plug in power relays.
Calling all joiners / woodworking teams!
Really unusual tender has been sourced by Ocurem for the supply and installation of wooden bus shelters for in and around Derbyshire. This is for a 3 year contract, expected value of £50,000. Deadline for the documents to be requested is 26th November, and the deadline for entries is 3rd December.
Calling all interested pharmacists!
Doncaster NHS Primary Care Trust has just published a new tender for the provision of an outsourced Pharmaceutical out patient dispensing services. The contract doesn’t give an expected value (thought it is likely to be a significant expense) and the contract duration is for a period of 7 years.
Another interesting part to this tender is the “Opportunities may exist for the potential retail sale of pharmacy medicines & pharmacy services” so it could be a very large contract indeed for an enterprising supplier!