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Public-sector contracts increase ahead of Christmas

Millstream Associates has announced a 28% rise in public-sector notices supplying Christmas-related services, requirements and products.

The company, which produced the findings from its Tenders Direct service, also noted a significant increase in the ever-popular Winter Wonderland Market Events that dominate cities across the country.

From Oxford to Derbyshire, Southampton, Glasgow, Dublin and Cork, many councils are seeking contracts for support services including the erection and installation of event infrastructure.

Maintenance and decorative contracts are also hugely in demand, as the majority of city councils require Christmas lighting, illumination, projections and signage.

Tender requirement requests include: supply of mass lighting; installation; maintenance; operation; decorative design; removal; and storage.

For most, this year’s Christmas celebrations are only just beginning – however, local businesses that would like to supply to the public sector are being urged to start thinking well in advance when it comes to contracts for future Christmases.

Millstream managing director Tim Williams said: “Although as consumers we are preparing for this Christmas, any business looking to supply the public sector with Christmas-related services and products needs to be aware that 2015 public-sector spend is over. Fear not, as tender notices for such contracts for Christmas 2016, 2017, 2018 and beyond are set to go live in the coming months.”

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