SMEs can now bid for Government contracts like never before.
The Contracts Finder website www.gov.uk/contracts-finder
, has been improved to cover current and future public sector contracts above £10,000 in central government and £25,000 in the wider public sector. It’s free to use, from smartphones and tablets, so local businesses will be able to search for contracts close to them.
One example of a local SME already benefiting from Government contract work is Sign Post Solutions (Signfix)
The innovative Tipton firm has been in the Highways industry for over 40 years and provide a range of signage and signpost fixing solutions to the Highways management industry.
Following a brief and draft design from Highways Agency’s tier one supplier, EM Highways, Sign Post Solutions developed "Rejuven8” on their behalf.
When road sign posts come to the end of their serviceable life they rust and must be replaced, but, most of the footings (base) remain sound. Sign Post Solutions developed a solution for replacing the sign posts, but reusing the footings - reducing costs, labour, and being environmentally friendly.
The "Rejuven8” solution features a welded lower section on the new post which has a slightly smaller diameter than the existing post and fits well into the root below after the old post is cut away.
The cost is almost three times less than replacing the entire road sign and also negates the need for a full land excavation and replacement concrete bases: saving time, money, and labour. There are also added benefits of less danger for the roadworker, as the time spent in potential danger working on the highway is reduced from one hour to just 20 minutes.
Through their main contractor, EM Highways, Highways Agency has rolled out the new approach on roadworks schemes across the south west of England.
Sign Post Solutions have benefited from the direct work with the Highways Agency and EM Highways - the work has given them the opportunity to develop a bespoke product that they would not have otherwise, that they have sold to other customers, and highlighted the product at the yearly Traffex exhibition.
Alan Nicholas, Sales and Marketing Director at Sign Post Solutions notes: "Rejuven8’, like many new innovations was created from the needs of a customer, in this case EM Highways. Their embryonic idea was taken, developed, prototyped, independently strength tested at Coventry University and finally site tested to ensure that it would provide the solution required. The project took just over 14 weeks to complete but the results have been dramatic in terms of saving costs not just for Enterprise Mouchel but also for a number of other contractors working for the Highways Agency.”