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Tenders Direct: 30 Years of Excellence in Public Sector Procurement




ABERDEEN, Scotland, Jan. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Proactis Tenders proudly marks a significant milestone in the history of its market-leading public sector procurement tool, Tenders Direct. For three decades, Tenders Direct has been at the forefront of facilitating successful business relationships between suppliers and buyers in the public sector. The company enters 2024 celebrating 30 years of operation, reflecting on its remarkable journey and looking ahead to a future filled with continued innovation and success.

About Tenders Direct

Established in 1993, Tenders Direct has played a pioneering role in connecting UK businesses with lucrative opportunities within the public sector, enabling them to grow and thrive.

Transforming from a simple fax alert service in the 1990s into today’s comprehensive SaaS solution. Tenders Direct’s mission has always been to simplify access to public sector opportunities and support businesses in their efforts to secure contracts, and the team behind the product remains dedicated to finding new ways to add value for its customers.

A Legacy of Excellence

At the heart of Tenders Direct’s success lies its meticulous sourcing and categorisation Peer Review process, which was pioneered in the mid-90s.

Tenders are published by people, and sometimes requirements can only be deciphered by another human being. This process involves reviewing 1,000s of tenders each month, adding an extra level of assurance to customers, by improving the accuracy of the alerts they receive. Combined with the latest technology, this process makes Tenders Direct the UK’s leading provider of public sector tender opportunities.

Proactis Tenders has invested substantially in enhancements to Tenders Direct, improving the user experience and adding new functionality, positioning the tool as a vital and integrated part of an organisation’s business development processes.

“While technology plays a crucial role in our operations and user experiences, we believe the human touch is no less important. We take pride in assigning a dedicated account manager to each of our customers, ensuring conversations and personalised support remain central to our approach,” continued Debbie Mackenzie, Managing Director. “We combine the power of technology with a personal touch – and this approach has stood the test of time.” 

Looking to the Future

Not content to rest on their laurels, however, the team at Proactis Tenders recognises the immense future potential of technologies that are already starting to disrupt business. As Tenders Direct enters its fourth decade, the company has exciting plans ahead.

“We have achieved our success by continuously adapting and incorporating new technologies into our products, equipping our customers with the tools they need to find and win work with the Public Sector,” stated Steven Smith, Product Manager. “Our Product Roadmap makes use of machine learning and other AI technologies to ensure our customers receive the most relevant and high-quality tenders in a timely manner.” 

Dale Charite, Sales Manager, commented on this milestone, saying:

“Reaching the 30-year milestone is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, as well as the trust and support of our customers. We are excited about the future and committed to our mission to help businesses navigate the evolving public sector procurement landscape with even greater success.” 

30/30 Anniversary Offer

As part of their 30th anniversary celebrations, Tenders Direct are offering businesses a 30% discount on a unique package containing everything needed to find and win more public sector contracts.

This anniversary package will save businesses £1,760 and contains: a 30-month tender alert subscription, 3 Training Course Credits and 8 Hours of Tendering Consultancy Services.

Businesses interested in finding more new business opportunities should take advantage of this offer, or at least enquire about the services. Tenders Direct will assess the tendering capabilities of any business that enquires, and review the opportunities available in the public sector, to determine if the public sector market is right for them. 

The 30/30 Anniversary Offer costs £3,990, and full details can be found here:

About Tenders Direct:

Tenders Direct is a market-leading procurement solution, connecting businesses with contract opportunities in the public sector, empowering them to make informed decisions, win contracts and achieve business growth.

Tenders Direct is developed and supported by Proactis Tenders Limited, a subsidiary of Proactis Limited, one of the leading providers of Business Spend Management software solutions to the mid-market.

Media contact:
Noel Vassallo
Content Marketing Executive
Proactis Tenders
[email protected] 
+44 7732 118286

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Shanghai’s Lujiazui adds 5 global asset management institutions




SHANGHAI, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Five global asset management institutions, including Aspect Capital and Schroders Capital, have signed agreements to settle in Shanghai’s Lujiazui Financial City, said local authorities.

According to Xiao Jian, head of Lujiazui administration bureau under the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, Lujiazui Financial City has so far attracted more than 8,000 financial institutions.

Lujiazui has become an important cluster for global asset management institutions in China. It now boasts about 80 percent of foreign-funded asset management institutions, 40 percent of foreign-funded corporate banks, nearly one-third of public fund management companies, and nearly one quarter of insurance asset management institutions of the total in the country, Xiao said.

More than 80 world-renowned financial institutions from 13 countries have established over 120 foreign asset management institutions in Lujiazui.  

“Lujiazui is an important gathering place and business expansion place for global asset management institutions in China. We are very honored to have the opportunity to join the Global Asset Management Partner Program. We also hope that through this signing, we can contribute to building Lujiazui into the core area of a global asset management center and accelerating Shanghai’s entry into the forefront of global asset management center cities,” Li You, Chief Compliance Officer of Aspect Capital (China) Limited.

Shanghai has made a great stride in pushing for financial openness and attracting more global financial institutions and investors. The next step could be to take advantage the special status of Shanghai Free Trade Zone and Lingang special area to develop an off-shore financial system, adopting the most advanced financial business models and regulatory regimes,” said Yan Hong, professor of finance of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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LAMPRO International Distributor Summit: A Feast of Gathering and Future Prospect




-Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate

HUIZHOU, China, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On March 2-3, right on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of LAMPRO, the International Distributor Summit was successfully concluded in Huizhou. With the theme of “Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate”, the summit attracted more than 200 partners from all over the world, sharing the industry trend and advanced leading technology. During the summit, LAMPRO held an appreciation award ceremony and signing ceremony as well for partners to co-build a partnership system and create a brighter future together.

At the summit, Sichuan opera performances, band shows, and other entertainment sessions created a warm and comfortable homey vibe, so that every guest fully enjoyed the process. One of our partners even took the initiative to sing on stage.

To share business opportunities with partners and demonstrate the vision of prosperous development, LAMPRO has elaborately planned the “Tree of Dreams” launching ceremony and the 20th-anniversary sand painting video. In the beginning, Chairman Tiger Lin thanked all partners for choosing Unilumin and LAMPRO, and he emphasized, “It is vital to choose the right brand and bind with it, which will help you become an outstanding leader locally.” Afterwards, Mr. Lawrence Liu, General Manager of LAMPRO, shared the development strategy of LAMPRO partner system. The project director introduced and demonstrated LMini and other major product series in details, which greatly boosted the confidence of global partners.

Furthermore, to thank partners for their support and seek mutual development, LAMPRO also held an awarding session, a signing ceremony, and a visiting journey to the Daya Bay intelligent manufacturing base on March 3, which demonstrated the industry-leading intelligent manufacturing capabilities of LAMPRO and high quality of products. LAMPRO sincerely expects to establish a closer cooperative relationship with global partners. Partners said that they gained valuable friendship and cooperation opportunities at the summit, and highly recognized the manufacturing strength and product capability of LAMPRO.

Meanwhile, elaborately arranged lucky draws pushed the atmosphere to a culmination, in which prizes included electronic equipment of well-known brands. At the end of the dinner party, LAMPRO prepared unique souvenirs, including the 20th-anniversary mascot of LAMPRO, hoping to leave an unforgettable impression on every guest.

Looking ahead, we expect to share greater joys of success with more partners in subsequent distributor summits, create a bright future and display a better world together.

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Aptoide launches campaign for a truly open digital market with new DMA website




LISBON, Portugal, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Aptoide, the pioneer in global alternative Android app distribution, has launched a new campaign website, Leveling the game, including an Open Letter from the Aptoide founders, to demand full compliance from gatekeepers with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) and to urge regulators to take further action against anti-competitive practices by digital gatekeepers. Since 2011, Aptoide has been a vocal advocate for fair competition in the mobile app market, consistently challenging the market dominance of tech giants like Google.


With the March 2024 deadline for complete DMA compliance from gatekeepers set for this week, Aptoide sees this as a critical juncture for achieving true fairness in digital markets. However, the company also points out that significant obstacles remain, particularly with Apple’s recent DMA-related proposals, which include the introduction of a Core Technology Fee (CTF) and restrictive terms that limit developers’ access to alternative platforms.

“Aptoide has always advocated for a digital marketplace where innovation thrives and fairness reigns”, said Paulo Trezentos, Aptoide’s CEO and co-founder. “The DMA is a landmark step in that direction, but it’s clear that some tech gatekeepers are reluctant to let go of their stranglehold on the mobile industry. We must continue to push for reforms that will truly level the playing field”.

Aptoide argues that Apple’s proposed changes mostly serve to preserve its market dominance rather than to foster genuine competition, maintaining control by imposing disproportionate fees on alternative app stores and discouraging users from exploring non-Apple ecosystems through complex installation processes and misleading warnings.

Álvaro Pinto, co-founder and COO of Aptoide, added, “We’re at a crucial moment where the actions of regulators will determine the future of digital markets. Apple’s half-hearted reforms under the DMA are simply not enough. We need to ensure that the spirit of the DMA is not lost in loopholes and half-measures”.

In response to these challenges, Aptoide calls on EU authorities to hold Apple accountable and to demand that they:

  • Eliminate or significantly reduce the CTF to reflect actual costs.
  • Offer developers the freedom to choose between distribution models without restrictions.
  • Simplify the app installation process for a better user experience.
  • Apply the CTF fairly across all market participants.
  • Remove misleading warnings about alternative payment systems.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of data from competing marketplaces.

Aptoide believes that real competition can only emerge if the EU takes decisive action to enforce open market principles, leading to a digital marketplace that values fairness and innovation. And that the fight for an open digital marketplace is far from over and requires a united front. That’s why the company urges developers, consumers and regulators to join in demanding more from both Apple and Google.

Aptoide invites all stakeholders to visit their new DMA advocacy landing page, Leveling the game, to learn more about the ongoing struggle for an open digital world and to join the movement against the outdated monopolistic tactics of dominant gatekeepers.

Read the Aptoide Founders’ Open Letter about the DMA and what we need for real digital freedom here:

Open Letter from the Aptoide Founders

About Aptoide

Aptoide is a game-changing app distribution and payment processing platform, with over 430 million users, 10 billion downloads and 1 million apps. Available on multiple channels including Android, Web, TV and automotive, Aptoide offers developers a trusted, experienced partnership with a deep understanding of all ecosystems.

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