Tail Spend Solution


The Tail Spend Solution will service customer’s needs for products classified as tail spend. Tail spend is described as ad-hoc low volume and usually low value spend needs and will not initially address services.

Through a dual supplier strategy this agreement will provide a dynamic, pre-qualified and extensive supply base. This will give public sector organisations the ability to control their tail spend using workflow accounts and under one social value focused agreement.

The Tail Spend Solution will provide customers with a choice of two digital solutions, offering an end-to-end service including management of:

  • the systems
  • the supply chain
  • logistics
  • buyer registrations
  • support and management information

Customer engagement

We have undertaken a series of customer engagement activities. This includes an interactive webinar with over 100 attendees, a requirements survey, bilateral meetings, customer forums and user groups.

This engagement has helped us to shape our evolving set of requirements for the Tail Spend Solution.

We are now engaging with colleagues within the wider public sector and central government to determine opportunities, preferences and appetites.

For further information get in touch with the tail spend team.

Supplier engagement

We have undertaken a series of supplier engagement activities. This includes a webinar, request for information, clarification questions process and bilateral meetings.

These activities have helped us to define the capability of the current offerings in-market. They have also helped us to highlight potential supplier roadmaps for the Tail Spend Solution.

The tail spend solution went out to market in June 2021 and is currently at the award stage of the procurement process. We will soon be entering an implementation phase with the awarded suppliers.

We will provide an update on who these suppliers are shortly, along with further details of the two suppliers’ offerings.

Important links

Prior Information Notice (PIN) Read PIN
Contract Notice in OJEU Contract notice
Download tender documents Download documents


Activity Estimated dates
Pre-market engagement January to June 2020
Drafting procurement documents September 2020 to May 2021
Publication of OJEU June 2021
Framework award October 2021
Go live January 2022