Improved government tender system launched

Rhona Quinn CEF President and David Henry CEF Vice President with Finance Minister Arlene Foster
Rhona Quinn CEF President and David Henry CEF Vice President with Finance Minister Arlene Foster

DETI Minister Arlene Foster launched a new, improved online tender system for public sector contracts in Northern Ireland.

The new eTendersNI system is set to make it easier for companies to submit online tenders for government contracts. The portal has been developed by the Department of Finance and Personnel’s Central Procurement Directorate, (CPD), which carries out procurements on behalf of central government departments, agencies and arms-length bodies. CPD is one of the first procurement organisations to use the new system.

Mrs Foster said: “eTendersNI is another important step along government’s path to continuous improvement.

“It will be the principal source of information for public sector tender opportunities in Northern Ireland, with more organisations using it to advertise their tenders than the previous portal, eSourcing NI. Its functionality will improve efficiency for suppliers, by making it easier and faster to bid for government contracts.

“Each year Northern Ireland public sector contracts account for more than £2.5billion of expenditure. Of those contracts awarded in year 75 per cent go to local businesses, the majority of which are SMEs. I want to see that success continue and CPD has been working closely with the private sector and the CEF, to improve procurement processes and the visibility of construction procurement projects in the pipeline to help businesses compete for more government contracts.”