Find a Tender Service (FTS)  is the UK government’s official portal for finding and applying for High-value public sector contract opportunities (typically worth over £139,688). Launched in 2021, it replaced the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) for UK contracts.

FTS is the public portal for all High-value notices published in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is used by public buyers to advertise contracts, and by suppliers to access these opportunities.

What are High-value notices?

High-value notices make up around 34% of all contract opportunities in the UK, with lower-value notices making the other 66%. The thresholds which determine if contracts are higher or lower-value change biennially, and vary in value for goods, works and services. Details of current thresholds can be found on our ‘UK Public Procurement Thresholds‘ page.

Prior to 1 January 2021, High-value notices were published on TED – the official portal for active notices within the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). With the conclusion of Brexit, High-value notices from the UK are no longer advertised on the OJEU. UK businesses can, however, still bid for applicable High-value EU contracts.

Limitations of Find a Tender (FTS)

If you are planning to search for tenders using FTS, you should be aware of the following constraints and challenges you will encounter.

  • Only covers High-value contracts in the UK, which is 34% of the total market. For Lower-value contracts, you have to also supplement searches with Contracts Finder, as well as a range of other regional/departmental portals.
  • Offers limited alert options for new or relevant opportunities, meaning you would miss opportunities and have to frequently conduct manual searches for tenders.
  • Has basic search filters, making it difficult to narrow results to the opportunities you want to see.
  • Does not have additional market intelligence features, making it difficult to conduct research.
  • Does not have any bid management tools, making it difficult to track your opportunity pipeline.
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Why use a tender alert service over Find a Tender (FTS)?

Tenders Direct goes beyond FTS and empowers your business to win public sector contracts.

  • Unlimited tender alerts for search keywords across all industries and sectors, tailored to your business’ unique requirements.
  • Total market awareness with 100% coverage of all High and Low-value tenders, ensuring you have access to the perfect opportunities.
  • Never miss a contract with our tender guarantee, eliminating your need to conduct manual searches.
  • Matchmaking magic from our Peer-Review Process and advanced filters, ensuring you only see the tenders relevant to your business.
  • Additional features such as Competitor Tracker and Opportunity Manager will help you better navigate the public sector marketplace.
  • Unbeatable support from your dedicated Account Manager, who will help you make the most of our systems and provide support whenever you need it.


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