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BiP Solutions is GDPR and PECR Compliant

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BiP and Compliance with GDPR and PECR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), effective from 25 May 2018, governs the processing of personal information.

Given the varied nature of data we process in support of customers’ activities, we have audited and updated our processes to ensure we comply with the requirements of GDPR. As a result, BiP operates in compliance with this new legislation.

GDPR does not require BiP customers to stop using or to change how they use our services, if what was being done before was lawful.

Read our full GDPR policy here

Our best look yet: Visit the new BiP Corporate website

As the leading provider of procurement support and intelligence it is important to us that our own website represents exactly what our business does.

Our business provides a range of unique online tools used by procurement professionals across the public and private sector. Innovation as at the heart of what we do, so why wouldn’t we start by making improvements to our core company website?

30 years in the making…

A lot has changed since we started over 30 years ago. The BiP brand has expanded recently with the acquisition of Promark and Ingenium, and the new and improved website reflects this, with areas focused on:

  • Business Intelligence
  • eSourcing
  • Accreditation
  • Events/Consultancy
  • Media and Marketing Solutions
  • eProcurement & Supply Chain Services

Users entering the BiP Corporate website can now instantly access the area which is the most relevant to them in just a couple of clicks!

Still passionate about what we do

The people behind our business have passion for what we do and are determined always to exceed customer expectations through constant innovation. Several months, drafts and small details later, our team has arrived at the final result!

Employees across the business have worked hard on the new website, ensuring that website content and functionality run seamlessly.

The new website not only offers an enhanced user journey but also gives those using the site access to the most accurate information from experts in the field.

Tell us what you think!

BiP has always valued the feedback of our customers, business partners and employees and we always will! That is why our team invite you to view the new and improved BiP website.

We aim to create an online space which is both welcoming and user friendly, somewhere that our valued customers, partners and employees can access information about our business whenever they require it.

If you would like to share your opinions on the new website with us, contact us via email at info@bipsolutions.com.

Keep in touch

We are constantly updating our news and resources section. Our in-house content creators can help you stay up to date with all the most important procurement news not just in the UK but across the world.

Welcome to BiP – Supply2Gov Ireland

Supply2Gov Ireland

Supply2Gov Ireland, which launched last week, aims to help Irish businesses win tenders in Ireland and expand into the UK market.

Simon Burges, BiP Chief Executive Officer, is delighted to release the latest BiP brand:

“There has never been a better time to consider working with public sector. The launch of the free to register Supply2Gov Ireland service provides small and micro businesses and sole traders with an unprecedented opportunity to access thousands of public procurement opportunities from across Ireland, in addition to being able to connect directly with the UK public sector, valued at over €270 billion annually.”

The Supply2Gov subscription levels give customers the freedom to pick and mix the tender plans that are right for their business.

Users can start with the FREE Ready To Take Flight subscription. This will give them access to tenders from the Irish local area of their choice!

Would you like to access the €12 billion the Irish government spends every year on goods and services? Sign up to Supply2Gov Ireland today!

Procurex Ireland

Supply2Gov Ireland will be attending the Procurex Ireland event at RDS Dublin on 26 April 2018. BiP CEO Simon Burges notes:

“The expansion of the S2G service within Ireland further supports and demonstrates our growth ambitions moving forward, especially within Ireland.”

Tickets for the Procurex Ireland 2018 showcase are FREE for public sector delegates and cost just €95 for the private sector.

About BiP Solutions

BiP Solutions is a leading provider of business intelligence services for organisations of all sizes. With over 30 years’ experience working with both buyers and suppliers, BiP helps businesses to identify and win contracts with both the public and private sector.

BiP brands include the Tracker business intelligence service and Delta eSourcing solution for public sector buyers, as well as Defence Contracts International (DCI), training and consultancy provider PASS Procurement and a procurement-related events portfolio covering defence, health and the wider public sector.

For more information on the BiP Group, please visit www.bipsolutions.com.

For additional information, please contact:

Melissa Russell

Supply2Gov Senior Marketing Executive

melissa.russell@bipsolutions.com

Micro businesses register with new tender alerts service Supply2Gov

It has been over a week since we launched our new brand Supply2Gov. The tender alerts service for sole traders and micro businesses aims to make the public sector marketplace more accessible to smaller businesses.

Registration for the new service is currently free. If you want to find out more, we have all the details below.

Designed for micro and small businesses

Supply2Gov is a fresh and friendly brand that talks to micro and small businesses about the benefits of public procurement. Supply2Gov users can create new and lucrative revenue streams from the public sector supply chain.

With a modern look and feel, Supply2Gov can be a free and easy way for micro businesses to find more tender opportunities. Our application simplifies the whole registration process and presents an intuitive customer journey.

Flexible payment options

Completely new to the market, Supply2Gov tender alerts gives customers the option to ‘pay as they grow’, with a cost-effective monthly plan as well as a new biannual option.

This means customers have the scalability to work with a solution that’s aligned with their business model and suits their cash flow.

Coverage Options

BiP has introduced simplified and comprehensive coverage options, with Supply2Gov starting with free local area coverage and then moving directly to home country cover.

This gives customers full free access to relevant opportunities on their doorstep with the option to upgrade and access their regional market opportunity.

With more growth potential available and payment plans to support phased expansion, the new Supply2Gov is an excellent introductory solution for micro businesses and sole traders looking to break into the public sector marketplace.

Tender alerts for micro businesses

The team behind the brand are delighted with the final product and are excited to see that many sole traders and micro businesses are already interested in the tender alerts service.

Senior Marketing Executive Melissa Russell says: “Our team are all really excited to see Supply2Gov go to market and really kick off 2018.

“We know how time-consuming tender searches can be, especially if you’re a small business. That’s why we’ve made it as easy as possible for users to find procurement opportunities as soon as they become available.”

Reduce the amount of time your business spends on manual searching with Supply2Gov. Find out more about Supply2Gov and tender alerts on the brand’s website.

For a better insight into all our brands, visit our website.

BiP Group expands reach with new Manchester office

BiP Group expands reach with new Manchester office

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The BiP Group, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions for the public and private sectors, is pleased to announce the launch of its new North of England office in the Media City area of Manchester to accommodate the company’s continued growth.

The new building, named Pacific House, will be open for business on 22 May. It will house two of the BiP Group’s brands, Ingenium and Promark Media, which have been acquired over the last two years.

Ingenium, which employs 35 staff and was previously based in Stockport, is a specialist in lead generation, content creation, data, surveys and online events, with clients including BT, Capita, KPMG, Deloitte, Hays, Apple and IBM.

Promark Media, which employs 30 staff and was previously based in Chorley, is one of the UK’s leading construction media companies with an established portfolio of digital magazines and online channels.

The bringing together of these brands in one central location will support BiP Group’s ambitious growth plans for them; as well as providing a presence in the North of England for other BiP brands.

A modern, open and well-located office, Pacific House represents a significant investment for the BiP Group and underlines our confidence in the future of our Manchester-based businesses.

Simon Burges, CEO of the BiP Group, said:

 I am delighted to announce the launch of BiP’s new North of England office in the Media City area of Manchester.

“The decision to expand our business presence into Manchester, and bring both of our recent acquisitions into one central location, was the next logical step in our growth and development strategy.

“Media City is a business growth area and our new location in Manchester will provide an excellent opportunity to further develop and expand our footprint across the North of England.”

Grahame Steed, Managing Director of Media and Marketing Solutions at BiP said:

 This is an exciting opportunity and one that gives us the space to grow and develop these businesses; each of which has tremendous potential.”

Chambers of Commerce: Put practicality, certainty at the heart of Brexit negotiations

As the Chamber Network gathers in Westminster for the BCC Annual Conference, the British Chambers of Commerce has published a business blueprint for the UK government ahead of the upcoming Brexit negotiations.eu_jigsaw_5820193Med

Titled Business Brexit Priorities, the report synthesizes feedback from over 400 businesses at 16 Chamber-hosted focus groups, along with nearly 20,000 responses to Chamber surveys. It puts forward priorities for action across seven key areas where business communities want practical solutions and certainty.

BCC evidence confirms that Europe will remain a key market for UK exporters and importers well into the future. As a consequence, it is imperative that the government achieves a pragmatic UK-EU deal that facilitates continued trade.

The key recommendations in the report are:

  • On the Labour Market, the government should provide certainty for businesses on the residence rights of their existing EU workers, provide clarity on hiring from EU countries during the negotiation period, and avoid expensive and bureaucratic processes for post-Brexit hires from the EU
  • On Trade, the government should aim to minimise tariffs, seek to avoid costly non-tariff barriers, grandfather existing EU free trade agreements with third countries, and expand the trade mission programme
  • On Customs, the government should develop future customs procedures at the UK border in partnership with business, seek to maintain the UK’s position as an entry point for global businesses to Europe
  • On Tax, the government should guarantee that HMRC is appropriately resourced to help businesses through the transition process, and provide clarity on whether VAT legislation will continue to mirror current core VAT principles
  • On Regulation, the government should ensure stability by incorporating existing EU regulations into UK law and maintaining these for a minimum period following Brexit, and ensure that product standards are aligned with, and recognised by, the EU to keep UK products competitive
  • On EU funding, the government should maintain UK access to the European Investment Bank, and ensure there is no funding ‘cliff-edge’ for areas in receipt of EU funding
  • On Northern Ireland, the government must avoid any return to a hard border, so that businesses can move people and goods as freely as possible.

Commenting on the report, Adam Marshall, BCC Director General, said:

“Business communities across the UK want practical considerations, not ideology or politics, at the heart of the government’s approach to Brexit negotiations.

What’s debated in Westminster often isn’t what matters for most businesses. Most firms care little about the exact process for triggering Article 50, but they care a lot about an unexpected VAT hit to their cash flow, sudden changes to regulation, the inability to recruit the right people for the job, or if their products are stopped by customs authorities at the border. The everyday nitty-gritty of doing business across borders must be front and centre in the negotiation process.

What’s also clear is that the eventual Brexit deal is far from the only thing on the minds of the UK’s business communities. An ambitious domestic agenda for business and the economy is also essential so that business can drive our post-Brexit success. Firms across the UK want a clear assurance that Brexit isn’t going to be the only thing on the government’s economic agenda for the next few years.”

Submarines to support economic and community growth

Millions of pounds of investment in HMNB Clyde is set to bring jobs, transport, leisure and business growth opportunities to Helensburgh, with an agreement signed between the UK Government, Royal Navy and Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership. Government Opportunities

The MOD is investing hundreds of millions of pounds in developing HM Naval Base Clyde as the Royal Navy Submarine Centre of Specialisation.

This will see all UK attack submarines based in Argyll and Bute by 2020, and the eventual arrival of the Dreadnought class of ballistic submarines.

The development is expected to increase the number of personnel at HMNB Clyde to an eventual population of 8,200, with many choosing to live in the area.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today will see the signatories work together in delivering infrastructure and opportunities for Royal Navy families and local people to live, work and prosper together.

Witnessing the signing was Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell, who said:

“The UK’s entire submarine fleet will be based at Faslane by 2020. This will reinforce Scotland’s vital role in protecting our country, and guarantee skilled, secure jobs on the Clyde for years to come.

We must ensure this investment in the base is also a catalyst for growth and regeneration in the wider community. Today’s agreement will deliver new housing and improved infrastructure, ensuring people in Argyll and Bute benefit directly from hosting the base.”

Efficiency Review to drive productive public services

The Efficiency Review will take a strategic look at how government delivers services across the whole public sector, looking for opportunities to make improvements and drive value for money. coins_8740904Lge

Putting the public finances on a sustainable path is vital to securing a strong and stable economy, and the government will ensure it is delivering value for money while maintaining its commitments on public spending in this Parliament.

The review, which was announced at Budget 2016, will generate £3.5 billion of savings in 2019 to 20, with up to £1 billion to be reinvested in priority areas.

Government departments have been commissioned to begin drawing up proposals for contributions by modelling scenarios of 3% and 6% savings.

This is part of an ongoing commitment to modern, flexible public services that deliver the best value for money for taxpayers.

The NHS and core schools budgets are protected and do not come under the scope of the review. The government also recognises the important role that social care spending plays and so efficiencies found within local government will be used to help meet existing pressures.

The government will also maintain its commitment to meet the NATO target of spending 2% of GDP on defence and for the defence budget to rise by 0.5% above inflation each year of this Parliament.

An update will be provided in autumn 2017.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke and Ben Gummer, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, have commissioned the work and it will be aligned with a refresh of Single Departmental Plans, so that departments can consider savings options in the context of their business planning.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, said:

“We are committed to a modern, high-quality public sector that delivers the services people need in the most efficient way possible. There has been considerable progress, but there is further to go and the whole of government is working together to consider how we can live within our means while delivering maximum value for every pound of taxpayers money.”

Business rates shock to small business growth prospects

A significant proportion of small businesses across Britain are preparing to reduce investment and staff costs once business rates rise next month, according to a new survey from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).FederationofSmallBusiness

The research finds that more than a third (36%) of small firms expect to see their business rates increase from 1 April.

Of those facing a rates rise, a substantial proportion (44%) of FSB members say their business rates will eventually rise by more than £1,000 per annum. And most alarmingly one in five (21%) will see their annual bill increase by more than 40 per cent. Such drastic hikes could have massive consequences for the growth of those small businesses hit by this rates bombshell.

Of the one in three small businesses facing a rise in rates, more than half (54%) expect profits to fall and four in ten (38%) are set to increase prices. Crucially, 55 per cent plan to reduce, postpone or cancel investment in their business, which will hit UK productivity and growth.

The survey data indicates that of those small businesses facing an increase in their business rates, almost one in five (19%) may ultimately consider closing down or selling their business as a result of the hike in their bills.

Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said:

“The business rates system is an unfair, regressive tax which hits small firms before they’ve had the chance to make their first £1 in turnover, let alone profit. The major win at the latest budget to exclude 600,000 small firms from the business rates system remains hugely important. However, our survey shows the delayed revaluation harms too many small businesses who face unsustainable and unaffordable rises.

This is particularly true in London where we urge the Chancellor to raise relief thresholds as part of his Spring Budget. This will help protect hundreds of small businesses currently left out in the cold. A small hardship fund designed to assist pockets of firms throughout the country would go a long way to resolving the anxiety felt within the small business community.

While many of these businesses which may have contemplated the possibility of closure will ultimately find a way to carry on, the current level of anxiety within the small business community should worry policymakers.

Profitability across the UK small business community is already falling. The costs of doing business for small firms are now at their highest levels since early 2014. The last thing we need is a business rates burden so heavy that it threatens the future growth prospects of our entrepreneurs.

To add insult to injury, those who need to challenge their revaluation assessment are now faced with a new but rigged appeals system – which will prevent small businesses with genuine concerns about their rateable values from being able to seek justice and redress. We are concerned that many could turn to cowboy ratings agencies already bombarding business owners with letters promising the earth.

The seven year gap between this year’s revaluation and the last has stored-up all kinds of problems for our business community. The solution is for the Chancellor to use his Spring Budget to announce a cross-party commission to propose measures for a replacement business tax system linked fairly to the ability to pay.”

New digital framework attracts thousands of small and medium-sized businesses

The new Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 framework from Crown Commercial Service and Government Digital Service is giving almost 2,000 SMEs the chance to become suppliers to the public sector.  CCS Logo

The framework has attracted 2,018 suppliers in total, with 94% of them small and medium-sized enterprises.

Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 helps the public sector to find suppliers that can provide teams or specialists to help deliver digital projects.

The framework replaces Digital Outcomes and Specialists 1, and has over 800 more suppliers signed up.

Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 is split into four lots; digital outcomes, digital specialists, user research studios and user research participants.

The framework goes live today for 12 months, with a 12 month extension option.

The government has a target of spending £1 in every £3 with small businesses by 2020.

This is equivalent to around £15 billion worth of purchases each year; a big opportunity for small businesses.

For more information about Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2, visit the Digital Marketplace by clicking here.