17 Feb 2021

Defence Sourcing Portal February Update

The Defence Sourcing Portal went live as planned on 15 February 2021

Please find a letter from Andrew Forzani below: 

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the new Defence Sourcing Portal went live as planned on the 15th February ‘21.

The DSP is now the MOD’s strategic platform for advertising new opportunities, conducting prequalification, tendering and subsequently the evaluation of tender submissions.

I’d like to thank you for your support so far in helping achieve this important milestone.

As market opportunities are defined by the MOD they will be advertised on the DSP, the volume of these will ramp up over the coming weeks.

We are still in a transition phase as we conclude opportunities on our legacy platform (Defence Contracts Online) and ramp up the use of the DSP. It’s key that you don’t miss any opportunities, please see below a reminder on navigating the transition period.

1) Managing opportunities during transition

• Up to the 15th of February, we advertised and ran pre-qualification for new opportunities on our legacy platform, Defence Contracts Online (DCO). Opportunities started on DCO will remain there until they close, we will retire the platform once all ongoing opportunities on DCO are concluded.

• From the 15th February, all new opportunities will be advertised and tendered on the DSP. Any opportunities published prior to the 15th will continue to be completed on DCO.

• Both the DSP and DCO publish opportunities on the Contracts Finder and Find a Tender portals. For the period up to the point that all opportunities on DCO close, there will be opportunities on Contracts Finder & Find a Tender that have originated from either DCO or the DSP. It’s important to register interest for opportunities on the platform they originated from.

• The publishing date on the opportunity is the primary reference to use, however, we will ensure that there is further support and guidance covering this both on the published opportunities and on the DSP homepage.

2) Using the DSP

• The DSP Supplier Registration Guide and User Guide are now available, both on the DSP login landing page for those already registered, and here on gov.uk.

• Please note that there is absolutely no charge for registering or using the DSP.

• The DSP helpdesk is available if you are experiencing any issues.

All details can be found at www.contracts.mod.uk. Further information can be found here, please contact [email protected] if there are any further questions you would like to ask.

Fred Sugden

Fred Sugden

Programme Head, Defence, techUK

Fred joined techUK in 2018 as the Head of Defence Programme. Before joining, he worked at ADS, the national trade association representing Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space companies in the UK.

At techUK, Fred is responsible for the organisation’s programme of market engagement and policy development across the Defence sector, working closely with various organisations within the Ministry of Defence, including: Head Office, Defence Digital, Dstl and the Front Line Commands. Fred works closely with many techUK member companies that have an interest in the sector, and is responsible for the activities of the programme's senior Defence & Security Board. Working closely with techUK's Defence & Cyber Programme Manager, Fred oversees a broad range of activities undertaken by the programme on behalf of techUK members.

Outside of work, Fred's interests include football (a Watford FC fan) and skiing.


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Sam Wyatt

Sam Wyatt

Programme Manager, Defence and Cyber Security, techUK

Sam is the Programme Manager for Defence and Cyber Security at techUK. 

Prior to joining techUK, Sam worked as an Account Executive for a small lobbying agency in Westminster where he briefed politicians in Westminster and Local Authorities on housing and energy issues and wrote policy briefs.

Sam holds a BA (Hons) Degree from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London where he focused on the implications of Cyber War and an MPhil in International Relations & Politics from the University of Cambridge.

[email protected]
020 7331 2169

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Charlie Wyatt

Programme Assistant, techUK

Charlie joined techUK in March 2018 as Programme Assistant for Defence, Cyber Security, Justice and Emergency Services, Local Government and Health and Social care 

[email protected]
020 7331 2009

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