Small waste firms could benefit from £950m MoD contract

Regional and local waste companies are being urged to get involved with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation's (DIO) £950m estates and facilities management contract for its new National Training Estate Prime.

The contract – which will run from 2014 – covers approximately 200,000 hectares, and will provide services ranging from waste management to other facilities management activies such as laundry services or clearing snow and ice.

DIO, which is an operating arm of the Ministry of Defence, is encouraging smaller firms to start networking with the potential prime bidders on supply chain opportunities, as the contract procurement process moves forward.

DIO contract project manager, Lt Col Tim Cherry, said: “Prime contractors are typically national or global companies, but they need innovative smaller businesses to deliver the hard outputs.

“That might be a national specialist in catering or conservation, a regionally-focussed business, or a local enterprise offering for example waste recycling to military training sites in the locality.”

DIO has published contact details for businesses with a formal interest in the training estate in the online Potential Bidders Directory. This enables smaller businesses to make early approaches to potential prime contractors and discuss supply chain opportunities.

It has also published a full list of 141 UK sites which are likely to be covered by the contract and has issued pre-qualification questionnaires to potential bidders, with a deadline for return of November 2.

Maxine Perella

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