What the election means for tendering

Today is the day that has been on everyones minds since October. It’s election day. And it’s most certainly created a divided kingdom. With more political uncertainty than a lot of people have seen in a lifetime it can be hard to form your own opinion with so much noise coming from every side. Everyone thinks they’re right when in reality, who knows.

However, we aren’t here to give our opinions or try and sway any votes. We’re just here to talk about the facts and what we know best.

How does the election effect tendering?

The election has had an effect on tendering from the very beginning. From the 6th of Novemeber, Purdah came into effect. ‘Purdah’ describes the period of time immediately before elections or referendums when specific restrictions on certain activity are in place. This means that no new public sector contracts can be released during this period. The only contracts that can go forwards are those that are continuations of tenders that have previously been signed off. Some contracts can go out to tender but will not be signed off during this period. This obviously effects all businesses working within the public sector who were looking to put something new out to tender as the election means that that is not possible.

On the bright side, this period of slow business and backed up contracts all comes to an end when the polls close at 10pm on the 12th of December.

Although this may be the beginning of more political division and uncertainty in the country, one thing is for certain. Many new contracts are going to flood in over the coming months.

As the elected party takes power and they start to implement their policies, they will need to put many things out to tender. This will be a stark difference from the slow ‘purdah’ period as contracts that would’ve never been released before the election start to be released. Regardless of whatever party gets into power, this will be the case.

If you would like to take advantage of this period of increased contract notices, we’re more than happy to help. We have a dedicated team who will be happy to assist you. Whether it be with a review, training or writing the entire submission, we’re here to help.

We’ll leave you with this – Keith Ellison said ‘Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender,’ and we absolutely agree. A lot of people don’t vote because they don’t think it’ll make a difference when in reality our vote is what gives us power over our country’s future. Hopefully this election will bring us closer to stability and get us closer to where we want to be. All we can ask is everyone respects each others decisions and stands together regardless of the outcome so that we can move forward united rather than divided.

Get out there and vote!