Uncertainty around Brexit has caused a slowdown in the number of government tenders to the technology sector according to technology solutions provider hSo. In the run up to the Brexit vote in June, government tenders were steadily being issued, however since the vote and confirmation that the UK electorate wishes to leave the European Union there has been a slowdown.
In the nine months running up to the UK’s EU Referendum in June of this year there had been 815 tenders per month on average, but in the subsequent five months there have been only 652 per month, representing a decline of 20 per cent.
There remains a strong pipeline of government tenders being issued to private sector firms in a bid to drive efficiencies and cost savings, however the evidence suggests that the uncertainty caused by Brexit is the reason for the marked slowdown, stalling the good progress that had been made in the run up to the referendum when many more competitive tenders were being issued.
Up until this summer the process has helped government departments cut costs by overhauling their internal infrastructures and using alternative IT and network solutions that are more cost effective than better known household names.
Chris Evans, managing director of hSo thinks there is plenty of economic data and evidence suggesting that the UK economy has been resilient in the face of the Brexit vote.
Evans says, ‘We were particularly encouraged by the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement with the focus on investment in infrastructure and improving productivity, which will give rise to many more opportunities for hSo in the private sector as companies find ways of becoming more efficient and keeping costs down.’
He adds that, in respect to public sector government tenders issued, there has been a slowdown since the EU Referendum. It’s understandable, given we have recently had the appointment of a new Prime Minister that the new administration is accustoming itself and looking to make its mark. However, this shouldn’t prevent them from maintaining the momentum that was evident earlier in the year ahead of the Brexit vote.
Evans concludes, ‘Before the Brexit vote there was clearly a big push by private and public sector SMEs to reign in their IT and network infrastructure spend, but since then as economic activity has slowed there’s now even greater reason for businesses to look at more cost efficient network, telephony and hosting solutions. Just as the political, financial and services sector landscapes are being disrupted, hSo is disrupting the technology space by challenging the more established traditional providers of choice.’