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BLOG: Tendering for Devolved AEB funding set for a frantic 12 months ahead

Steve O'Hare talks interested parties through what he believes will be a very busy year ahead for Devolved AEB tendering

It is going to be a frantic 12-15 months ahead for Devolved AEB tendering across the country.

If you work for an organisation that is interested in tendering for some of the funding available, it’s going to be important to make sure that you are properly prepared because there are certain to be nuances within the requirements this time around.

One thing that is for sure is that devolution is here to stay and, over the next 12 to 15 months, we are going to see activity from the following: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater London, Tees Valley, West of England, North of Tyne, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands Combined Authorities.

While some of those authorities have existing contracts edging into 2023, they will still see procurement activity beginning over the next 12 months.

Refresh imminent

Meanwhile, the refresh for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the West of England, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands are imminent.

There were plenty of lessons learned from the first round of devolution last time around and but one of the strongest messages to come out of that was that it was all about the local buyer and what they wanted to achieve.

This round will certainly not be a ‘one size fits all’ approach and won’t be like a re-tender of any national activity.

There will be very specific localised needs to be satisfied on any tender activity and each contract will have some subtle – and some not-so-subtle – nuances.


Those nuances will not only revolve around the detail of the delivery of a contract but also, how that contract is run.

It’s very much a case of ‘this is ours and this is how it’s going to be done’.

The qualifying necessities will be aligned to locality and will prioritise business sectors and business areas too.

All of the organisations involved will have commissioning strategies and a plan.


So, if you are considering tendering…

  • Make sure you understand what the local buyer wants to see and what things they are after. The information will be out there for you to look at.

  • Make sure your business can deliver what they are after with the right results, in the given timeframe.

  • Make sure that your business is the right strategic fit for the specific bid.

If your business needs any further help to consider, prepare or deliver a bid in any of the devolved authorities, SCLO Consulting are here to help.

Please get in touch to find out how we can support your bid.

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