25 Feb 2020 - By
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What’s the latest on Infrastructure in Defence?

Defence Contracts International (DCI) hosts the largest defence database in Europe, combining market-leading business intelligence tools and rich data to support organisations to grow in defence procurement. By working with official government organisations, including our long-standing relationship with the MOD, DCI is increasingly becoming an invaluable tool for new and existing suppliers to navigate the defence marketplace, drawing upon data analysis and market trends to give organisations the best chance of success.

DCI’s recently published ‘Infrastructure in Defence’ report outlines the agenda of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and how the powerful data behind DCI’s Commercial Projects tool can help businesses grow in the lucrative and ever-expanding defence market.

What opportunities are available in defence infrastructure?

The opportunities in defence infrastructure are diverse, spanning buildings, design, facilities management, and specialist services such as:

  • Technical infrastructure
  • Utility management
  • Property management (disposals, leases, planning, etc.)
  • Estate sustainability
  • Waste management
  • Safety
  • Health
  • Environment and Fire
  • Housing projects
  • Facilities management

Spending on infrastructure in defence in the UK alone is set to hit over £600 billion over the next ten years. The National Infrastructure and Construction pipeline outlines the planning of over 700 projects and programmes within the sector, with some work set to begin in 2021.

DCI subscribers will have access to all MOD infrastructure defence tenders, as well as framework and dynamic purchasing system opportunities. The Commercial Projects tool gives organisations a secure platform to access private sector commercial construction and infrastructure services tenders. However, it also maximises productivity in procurement. Commercial Projects grows reach by posting thousands of relevant tender opportunities, enables networking with crucial decision makers in defence contracts and supports organisations to make informed business decisions based on data and market information.

A recap on DIO’s Procurement Plan

The DIO manages infrastructure on behalf of the MOD. The MOD, as one of the largest landowners in the UK, owns approximately 1% of the UK land mass, comprising everything from office blocks to airfields and army barracks. These assets have steadily grown over the years with the rising demands of the Armed Forces, and as operational needs continue to increase, the MOD and DIO are continually looking for efficient procurement which saves money and proves more effective.

Bringing in new suppliers with innovative solutions to their problems is a crucial way for buyers like MOD and DIO to achieve this. The DIO’s Procurement Plan for 2018/2019 sets out how the organisation plans to drive new business to work in the defence market and advertises high-value projects starting work in 2020 and beyond. The Plan shows promising statistics for the market in the coming years and strong commitment to making the defence market more visible to new suppliers of all sizes and experiences, particularly SMEs.

Key highlights in the Procurement Plan include:

  • An infrastructure in defence programme of major projects worth £15.7 billion, intended to expand to the wider supply chain over the next five years.
  • The MOD’s target that 25% of procurement by value should be directly and indirectly spent with SMEs by 2022. Already 75% of the DIO’s Hard Facilities Management spend meets this target, evidently showing a proactive approach.
  • Insight into valuable and exciting opportunities coming up, including the £4 billion Defence Estate Optimisation Programme, the Future Defence Infrastructure Services contracts and the £1.3 billion Clyde Infrastructure Programme.

It is worth noting that DIO’s pipeline of work covers a wide range of sectors, and there are opportunities for almost all types of businesses in the UK, including SMEs. With an annual spend of £3 billion on construction and infrastructure services on behalf of its customers, the DIO presents a huge opportunity for new and existing suppliers looking to develop in this sector – who can, with DCI’s Commercial Projects tool.

How can DCI’s Commercial Projects tool support businesses?

DCI’s Commercial Projects tool can be added on to any existing DCI package, giving your organisation access to details of over 400,000 construction projects from early planning stage, as well as 10,000 non-planning projects per year. These contracts include private sector commercial construction and infrastructure tenders all over the UK, accessible at the touch of a button.

Don’t forget…

95% of the contract data that DCI provides include contact details of key decision makers and stakeholders, enabling organisations to develop relationships with the drivers behind the tender project.

Not only will you receive advance notification of tenders before they are published, you will be able to access full details of the tender within 24 hours of being published, giving you a massive advantage over your competitors and an increased chance of winning the tender.

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