Published date: 8 October 2020

Last edited date: 8 October 2020

Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to fulfil the contract.

Closing: 20 November 2020, 2pm

Contract summary


  • Radio, television, communication, telecommunication and related equipment - 32000000

  • IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support - 72000000

Location of contract

West Midlands

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

8 October 2020

Closing date

20 November 2020

Closing time


Contract start date

7 December 2020

Contract end date

6 December 2023

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Restricted procedure

A two-stage procedure, where the first stage is used to select suppliers, who are then invited to bid in the second stage.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The Fastershire project has operated since 2012 and has worked with a number of commercial communication providers to establish access to broadband infrastructure in areas the market has not reached.

The Fastershire Community Broadband Grant forms the substantive focus of Stage 5 of the

As much as twelve million pounds (£12,000,000.00) may be made available for the purpose of delivering Stage 5 of the Fastershire Broadband Strategy. The bulk of this funding will be committed to the Fastershire Community Broadband Grant and will be made available to eligible projects across Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and a small area of Telford and Wrekin.

Broadband infrastructure suppliers' that offer open access GBPS capable broadband solutions are invited to bid to become an Approved Providers via the Dynamic Purchasing Scheme which has been developed to support the Fastershire Community Grant.

No Broadband infrastructure provider will be able to bid to serve projects using the grant funding unless and until they have qualified as an Approved Provider by completing the selection questionnaire.

More information

Linked Notice


Additional text

Herefordshire Council has published this opportunity on the 'Supplying the Southwest Portal'. To view the tender documentation related to this opportunity you will need to register on the portal, if you are not already register with Procontract, and express an interest in the opportunity.

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How to apply

Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer

Contact name

Matt Smith


Council Offices
Plough Lane


+44 1432260634


Closing: 20 November 2020, 2pm