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Plasdwr – Cardiff’s Garden City

Plans approved for 6000-home, £2 billion housing development on the outskirts of Cardiff Last week, Cardiff Council’s planning committee gave…

Competition intensifies for UK City of Culture 2021

Eleven cities bid for coveted title and extensive investment from the private sector Earlier this month, it was confirmed that…

Bid and Proposal Coordinator Apprenticeship

Thornton & Lowe are now approved with the Skills Funding Agency on the Register of Apprentice Training Providers. With the…

The Round Up: Spring Budget 2017

As the dust settles on this years’ Spring Budget, the first to be delivered by Philip Hammond, we take a…

Amazing Aviation Win for Recent Thornton & Lowe Client

Our bid team secured an exceptional quality score of 74.6 out of 75 Thornton & Lowe are pleased to announced…

2017 Will See Continual Focus on Sustainability for Public Sector

Whilst shifts in political climate occur, climate change policies remain key focus After several momentous changes to political systems both…

Thornton & Lowe now accredited to award Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points to delegates!

Accreditation currently applies to four of our popular workshops Thornton & Lowe are now accredited to award CPD points to…

UK Government rolls out plans to tackle corporate tax evasion

Local government to scrutinise potential suppliers on tax evasion involvement In a move which has been hailed by some as…

New slavery measures for London Universities Purchasing Consortium

Higher education purchasing consortium seeks modern slavery due diligence reports Two new framework agreements set up by the London Universities…

Search launched for £2.75 billion HS2 contract

The chosen company will design, build and maintain fleet of high-speed trains for HS2 network The search has begun to…

Almost half of CEOs don’t understand procurement

48% of procurement professionals state that their bosses still don’t understand the functions of a procurement team In a recent…

New NHS Procurement lead states the health service could save £120million

Price matching savings made visible by state of the art indexing tool With cost cutting being a constant challenge, any…

Local government could adopt united approach to overcome challenges of Brexit

Producing a competitive bid has never been more essential The UK’s decision to leave the EU could spell uncertainty for…

Bid Writing Training Courses a Booming Success for 2016

Since its introduction, we have welcomed more than 165 delegates! As one of the UK’s leading bid management and bid…

Collaboration to be at the heart of IT procurement

techUK’s Newly Appointed Chair of Central Government Council looks to unite leaders in tech and government to tackle challenges Recently…

Brilliant end of year win for Thornton & Lowe!

Thornton & Lowe rounds up 2016, winning £80million framework position for furniture supply client Thornton & Lowe are proud to…

What Factors Influence UK Government Decisions When Outsourcing Contracts?

Procurement decisions heavily influenced by price, trust and quality survey finds A recent survey of over 1,000 civil servants conducted…

Thornton & Lowe retains its ISO14001 audit accreditation!

Thornton & Lowe has once again retained its ISO14001 audit accreditation! This further underpins our attention to the highest standards…

British businesses to benefit from £211 billion Heathrow expansion project

Airport growth to focus on supporting British supply chain Speaking at London Build 2016, Heathrow’s development director Phil Wilbraham stated…

Success for Thornton & Lowe heating and plumbing client!

Thornton & Lowe are pleased to announce that a recent client has been informed of their successful bid to Hull…

Meet with one of the country’s top house builders and discuss upcoming construction projects

Potential suppliers and sub-contractors are being offered the chance to meet with the Hill Partnership and A2Dominion to discuss upcoming…

Thornton & Lowe attend TransCityRail Northern Powerhouse conference

Thornton & Lowe and associates appeared as panelists at this event On 10th November, Thornton & Lowe attended the much…

2016 roundup: bid/tender training success!

Following on from the incredible popularity of last year, it has, undoubtedly, been a highly successful year for our training…

Another successful bid for Thornton & Lowe construction client!

A recent Thornton & Lowe client has been informed of their successful bid to a South-East England council to provide…

Businesses seeking opportunities in shale gas supply chain

Cuadrilla and partners seek businesses to become part of the shale gas supply chain Cuadrilla, as a focus of its…

New to tendering and don’t know where to start?

Local government spends over £45 billion on common goods and services each year. With a strong focus on making the process…

Plans from Grainger to begin £60million Apex House Scheme

Tottenham Project Will See 163 New Homes Built Grainger has announced its intentions for the £60million Apex House scheme in…

Manchester airport transformation programme free Meet the Buyer event

A FREE Meet the Buyer event will be hosted by Laing O’Rourke and Manchester Airports Group (MAG) on 8th November in…

Estates Professional Services framework to be launched

The UK government will soon begin the latest tendering process for the Estates Professional Services framework. Originally set up in…

NHS England tender success for Thornton & Lowe client!

A recent Thornton & Lowe client has been informed of their success as part of an NHS England tender to…

NI Water Launch £198 Million Summary of Goods, Services and Construction Contracts

Opportunities available to tender for high and low value contracts within NI Water As one of Northern Ireland’s largest companies,…

£500 million five-year Dorset highways deal announced

Dorset County Council seeks bidders in new highways deal providing ‘top up’ services to in-house teams  The exciting Dorset highways…

Principal contractors announced for £18billion Hinkley Point C project

Hinkley Point C – Who won the work? Contractors have been announced as part of the newly-approved £18billion nuclear power…

Groundbreaking Framework Alliance Contract to increase opportunities for SMEs

A Midlands housing association, Futures Housing Group has become the first organisation to adopt the new Framework Alliance Contract (FAC-1), which is…

Law firms invited to bid for £400million government panel contract

The UK government are seeking submissions from Law firms for slots on its restructured legal panel. The £400 million tender will be…

BBC seeking contractor for £15 million contract to rebuild EastEnders set

The BBC has issued a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) to find a contractor, who will be responsible for replacing the current…

The biggest investment in a generation sees more than 2000 new council houses to be built in North Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire Council has announced it is to build 2000 new council houses at a generation-high investment of £159million This…

Hinkley Point C approval presents £18 billion tender opportunities

INTENSE COMPETITION PREDICTED AS HINKLEY POINT C APPROVED After months of speculation, the UK government has given the go-ahead for…

Competition set to intensify as Fire and Rescue authorities are encouraged to adopt collaborative procurement

FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN ENGLAND ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO BUY COLLABORATIVELY IN ORDER TO REDUCE COSTS Home office statistics revealed that while…

Scottish Government tender win for Fife based client, Horisk Leslie Development

Horisk Leslie Development has successfully been awarded a place on the National Framework for the Provision of Application Design and…

Thornton & Lowe deliver specialist procurement support to Housing Association

Thornton & Lowe delivered comprehensive procurement support services to a housing association, for a responsive repairs contract. Our team of…

Advice on winning public sector contracts

£1 in every £3 to be spent with an SME by 2020 The Government’s target is to increase spending to…

Tender win for International Consultancy client

Our client has successfully been appointed to Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) asset management framework. This success is thanks to…

Local authorities switch to standardised prequalification

A recent survey of English Local Authorities, conducted by the Specialist Engineers Contractors Group, found that 27% are now using…

Legal services client in tender win!

An established legal services client has been successfully chosen to provide National Non-Domestic (Business) Rates and Council Tax Debt Recovery Support…

Home support client wins place on framework for North West Council

A Bolton-based healthcare client has successfully been appointed onto a domiciliary care framework. This framework awarded initially for a 4…

Thornton & Lowe Pass ISO9001 Audit

Thornton & Lowe has again passed its ISO9001 audit with flying colours! This further underpins our attention to the highest…

Prequalification for the construction of the £700m South Wales Metro transport project to open soon

Transport for Wales will soon open prequalification for the construction of the £700m South Wales Metro transport project. The second…

Transport for Greater Manchester seeking contractors for £16M Wigan Bus Station project

With planning approval granted last April, Transport for Greater Manchester has begun the search for contractors to complete the £15.7…

£25million project to transform streets in Belfast begins search for contractors

The tender process has begun to select a contractor to complete Phase 3 of the Belfast Streets Ahead scheme, launching…

Thornton & Lowe bid/tender training supports Alexander Brand to progress in his career!

Thornton & Lowe are delighted to convey our congratulations to Alexander Brand, a recent delegate from our bid/tender training workshops…

Civil engineering client succeeds in car park refurbishment bid worth £1 million

A recent Thornton & Lowe client has successfully been chosen to refurbish and upgrade a multi-storey city centre car park…

Tender win for workwear manufacturing client with an exceptional overall tender score of 92.75%

A recent workwear manufacturing client has been successful in their bid to supply a South East England County Council with…

Opportunities for SMES as Government overhauls procurement

The government has recently stated that two new frameworks could provide "a new and improved way for the public sector…

Shortlist announced for £38m A737 Dalry Bypass Project

Transport Scotland has announced the four shortlisted contractors on the Dalry bypass project are: Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Farrans Construction/Roadbridge…

Great Places leads new £500 million procurement framework in North of England

It was announced recently that Great Places Housing Group has lead the procurement of a new construction and professional services…

Established healthcare client in another tender win!

An established healthcare client has been awarded a place on the Provision of Community Based Support and Personal Care Framework…

Contract win for client to deliver training services to national retailer

Our client has successfully been chosen to deliver first aid training for a national retailer. This success is thanks to…

Thornton & Lowe in national framework tender win!

Thornton & Lowe have been awarded a place on the national framework for Professional Services in Construction and Premises for…

Procurement decisions to be published by local authorities under new proposals

Under proposed central government changes local authorities will be required to publish procurement data on a central database and become…

Established public convenience client in tender win!

One of our established public convenience clients has successfully been chosen to provide maintenance and management services of public convenience facilities…

Companies shortlisted for £5 billion framework for public sector bodies, charities and universities

The major projects framework, created by procurement body Pagabo has an estimated spend of between £100m and £5bn. The framework…

Did you know that some buyers place a 30% weighting on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and social value in their tenders?

A report by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) has revealed that one in three councils in England now routinely considers social value and…

Procurement initiative commits to £1 billion spend with social enterprises

The Buy Social Corporate Challenge, launched at Downing Street, saw a number of high profile businesses, supported by Social Enterprise UK and…

Are you emphasising your Health and Safety practices and policies when bidding into the HS2 supply chain?

HS2 is the UK’s largest ever infrastructure project. However, the process of constructing this new network has naturally raised Health…

District council receive specialist procurement support for the provision of Telehealth services

Thornton & Lowe delivered procurement support to a district council for the provision of Telehealth services. Our team of procurement…

The NHS opens up to increased competition. Are you identifying bid/tender opportunities?

The NHS has increased the number of contracts that it advertises for external competition, as it is now required to…

Supply chain opportunities as Babcock wins a multimillion pound project

Babcock have secured a multi-million-pound contract to construct the world’s first reactive compensation station for DONG energy’s Hornsea Project One…

Healthcare client tender success round up!

Recent months have proved to be highly successful for our long standing healthcare client, where they have seen a vast…

Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) – Academies

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) have announced that the 2016-2017 Condition and Improvement Fund (CIF) has awarded over £435 million…

The impact of June’s in/out referendum on procurement Legislation in Scotland

The outcome of June’s in/out referendum could have a significant impact on how procurement is legislated in Scotland and the…

How does the UK Modern Slavery Act affect bids and tenders?

A recent poll by The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Link (CIPS) revealed that many small and medium sized…

Long standing healthcare client in another tender win!

One of our long standing healthcare clients has successfully been awarded a place on the provision of children’s personalised care…

Network Rail £2billion Transpennine upgrade bid opportunity

Network Rail has begun the process of commissioning a team to deliver its Transpennine Route Upgrade project (TRU) west of…

Are you aware of the bid/tender co-ordinator apprenticeship?

The ability to write a competitive and strong tender submission requires preparation, planning and time. A bid/tender apprenticeship can enable…

Procurement reforms come into force throughout the UK

A raft of new procurement rules came into effect across the UK on 18th April 2016. The Utilities Contracts Regulations…

New EU procurement rules mark positive changes for public sector

Public expenditure on goods, works and services represents around 13% of the European Union’s gross domestic product. All tenders for…

Maritime security client in tender win!

One of our maritime security clients has beaten off competition and has been successfully chosen to provide security risk management…

Are bidding opportunities accessible for SMEs?

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report setting out the progress made so far and the challenges faced…

Installation client framework tender win!

One of our long standing installation clients has successfully been awarded a place on the Supply of Materials Framework for…

Shaw Report marks major changes for Rail Sector

A report into the future of Network Rail has rejected privatising the company and has alternatively focused on devolving responsibility…

Long standing civil engineering and maintenance client in tender win!

One of our long standing civil engineering and maintenance clients has successfully been chosen to provide engineering works for Warwick…

Changes to the MoD’s procurement process creates new opportunities for SMEs

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced a series of measures that will decrease the bureaucratic burden for small and medium…

Thornton & Lowe and Havelock Europa Plc working together!

We are happy to announce that Thornton and Lowe have been appointed by Havelock Europa Plc as their specialised Bid and…

Are you securing value for money from your procurement?

The public procurement market in the UK was worth more than £230 billion last year, making the public sector a…

New legislation makes it easier for SMEs to bid for public sector contracts, Are you tender ready?

To help small businesses apply for public sector contracts, a new process has been introduced to make it easier for…

Major projects in Scotland’s construction sector continue to provide business opportunities. Are your bids consistently winning work?

Scotland’s construction sector remains cautiously optimistic. In its latest Scottish Construction Monitor, the Scottish Building Federation recorded a positive overall…

How can improvements in your procurement process achieve value for money?

Ten NHS trusts in the South West of England and surrounding area, have saved in excess of £850,000 by sharing…

SMEs will play a key role in the expansion of Heathrow Airport. A compelling bid will maximise your success rates

At the British Chamber of Commerce’s annual conference, Phil Wilbraham, Heathrow’s Development Director, declared “We’ll need more small and medium-sized…

What are the benefits of training your staff to have bid writing skills?

Training and staff development can significantly improve business performance, profit and staff morale. Providing regular and beneficial training is an investment…

How will the Scottish Procurement Reform Act affect your bids and tenders?

Scottish Ministers have confirmed that there will be a co-ordinated approach to the implementation of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act…

January and February 2016 roundup: Thornton & Lowe’s bid/tender training success!

Following on from the popularity of our 2015 bid/tender training workshops, it has undoubtedly been a busy first few months…

New rules, new opportunities. Major changes to public sector procurement regulations

The estimated value of contracts advertised by Governments and other public bodies across the EU is said to be over…

How Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can give you an advantage in the tender process

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in public procurement is essentially about how contracting authorities take account of the economic, social, environmental…

Long standing client, Danfo, in tender win

One of our long standing clients, Danfo, has been chosen to provide management services and maintenance of Automatic Public Conveniences…

How to overcome a lack of time and resource in bidding for construction contracts

The Government has asserted its goal to improve localism and to support SMEs on public sector projects, aiming to make…

Top bid/tender writing tips from the specialists

Unlike some large businesses, small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) do not necessarily have the luxury of an expert bid…

UK SMEs can play a crucial role in meeting NHS challenges

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has entered into a collaboration with a small specialist UK company. The aim of…

Procurement compliance and achieving value for money

Thornton & Lowe regularly work with public sector buyers to advise on their procurement of goods, services and works. This…

Are you addressing the living wage and fair work practices in your submissions?

Public procurement is a significant driver of policy development and service delivery which in turn supports sustainable economic growth. The…

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