Overview of Regulations Surrounding the Submission of Major Tenders in the UK

The submission of major tenders in the UK is subject to a range of regulations designed to ensure that all organisations have a fair chance of submitting successful bids and that all tenders are of the highest standard. Tracker is the absolute best at providing you with the opportunity to do so. Understanding the regulations surrounding the submission of major tenders is essential for any organisation looking to participate in the tendering process. 

This blog post provides an overview of the key regulations and guidance to be aware of when submitting major tenders in the UK, including information on the EU procurement threshold, the Public Contract Regulations 2015 and the role of the Contract Finder. It also looks at the role of the UK Government in the tendering process and how the Crown Commercial Service can provide support and guidance.

1. Overview of relevant governmental regulations

These regulations provide guidance to ensure that the submission process is fair and transparent for all parties involved and that the public interest is preserved. Among the most relevant regulations are: 

  • The Public Contracts Regulations 2015, which set out the requirements for the public procurement process: 
  • The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, which requires public authorities to consider how tenders can improve the social, economic, and environmental well-being of the area; 
  • And the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which grants the public the right to access information held by public authorities.

2. Understanding the importance of tender documents

Those submitting tenders need to understand the process for submitting acceptable tender documents, including the format and content of the documents. Tender documents must clearly and concisely outline the proposed solution and demonstrate compliance with any terms and conditions specified in the tender. Additionally, tender documents must be accurate and submitted within the specified time frame, as failure to do so may negatively affect the tender’s evaluation outcome.

3. Necessary steps to properly submit a tender

Three necessary steps must be taken to ensure that your tender is submitted correctly and on time. 

  • First, the tender must be registered with the appropriate tendering authority. This may involve providing key information about the business, such as contact details and a financial statement. 
  • Second, tender documents must be obtained from the tendering authority. These documents will contain all the important information about the tender, such as the specifications, timeline, and evaluation criteria. 
  • Finally, the tender must be submitted using the appropriate format. This may include submitting a hard copy, an electronic version, or both. All tenders must be received by the authority before the specified deadline in order to be considered.

4. Deadlines that must be adhered to

It is important to ensure that all documentation is completed and submitted on time; failure to do so may lead to the disqualification of the bid. Bidders must also ensure that any additional documents required by the tendering process are provided in accordance with the specified deadlines. 

It is the responsibility of the bidder to ensure that any questions related to the tender are submitted to the relevant contact before the deadline. Bidders must also be aware of any deadlines related to the clarification of tender documentation and the submission of additional documents or changes to a submitted tender.

5. Potential consequences for non-compliance with regulations

Companies that fail to adhere to the rules and regulations of the process can be subject to fines, disqualification from the tender, criminal prosecution, and civil lawsuits. Additionally, companies that are found to have submitted non-compliant tenders will be unable to submit bids for any future tenders, and their reputation in the industry may be damaged. 


Major tenders in the UK are subject to a number of regulations to ensure fair and transparent processes for all parties involved. Understanding the regulations and requirements surrounding the submission of major tenders is key to success, and companies should take the necessary steps to ensure they remain compliant. By following the guidelines, companies can ensure their tenders are submitted in accordance with the regulations, giving them the best possible chance of success.