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Tendering to CERN

CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, based in Geneva and the largest particle physics laboratory in the World with an average annual budget of 1.1 billion Swiss Francs (CHF), offers many opportunities for UK companies to supply the products and services it requires.

It spends in the region of £350M annually on procurement. Whilst some of this budget is spent on the development of new technologies and new facilities, CERN’s requirements are not all high tech. For example, CERN is a large site with around 14,000 people working there and so it has civil engineering requirements to maintain and develop infrastructure. CERN have broad requirements from a lot of computing equipment to manage the vast amounts of data produced to cables, stationary, financial and consulting services etc.

As the UK is a CERN Member State and a major contributor, CERN tries to assist the UK in getting a proper return on investment through contracts placed with UK companies. STFC manages the subscription costs for the UK and as part of this the STFC Business Opportunities team act as the UK Industrial Liaison Office. The team supports UK companies who are interested in working with CERN.

Last updated: 16 August 2021


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