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What is a Prior Information Notice?

A Prior Information Notice gives advance warning of a public sector contract to be tendered at some time in the future. Buyers sometimes publish these to gauge market reaction and want to hear from interested suppliers. However, this is not always the case and some PINs explicitly state that the authority does not want to be contacted, so it is important to read the notice carefully. Publishing a PIN allows the authority to reduce some of the timescales later on in the procurement process. The issue of a PIN does not guarantee that a contract will be placed.