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TENDERTRUST DELIVERS FIRST E-TENDER FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

24 July 2001, E-commerce solutions provider TrustMarque International is pleased to announce the successful completion of the first government supply tender processed via OGC TenderTrust as part of the Office Of Government Commerce's (OGC) e-tendering pilot.

TenderTrust(r) known as OGC TenderTrust for this pilot, is the world's first smartcard Internet based, secure electronic tendering system. OGCTenderTrust uses the latest in PKI security & encryption techniques, and state of the art digital certificates, held on smartcards provided and guaranteed by The Royal Bank of Scotland. The system enables purchasers and suppliers to easily manage the entire tendering process, from the creation of the Invitation to Tender (ITT) and its publication, through to receipt of Tenders from Suppliers, their analysis and award. OGC TenderTrust has been specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of both public and private sector tendering.

Peter Angell, Senior Vice President of TrustMarque International said: "We are delighted to see the successful completion of the first e-tender process, which we expect to be one of thousands over the coming months."

The tender is part of the pilot involving ten government departments and hundreds of suppliers. Successful completion of the pilot will lead to the award of a four year contract to roll-out TenderTrust(r) across Central Government departments and agencies.

A spokesman for the Government Procurement Agency of Northern Ireland who issued the first tender document commented: "The Government Purchasing Agency is delighted to be involved in making available E-Tendering opportunities to suppliers to the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
We are confident we can deliver to clients and suppliers the benefits of a timely, enhanced and simplified electronic tendering process and look forward to a successful rollout from this pilot project."

Peter Gershon, OGC Chief Executive, envisaged that over a four year period OGC TenderTrust should produce savings in the region of £13m for the taxpayer and reduce suppliers' tendering costs by £37m.

Speaking at Public Sector Expo 2001 in April, where The Royal Bank of Scotland was awarded the pilot contract with TrustMarque International as the technology provider, he said: "This project gives the UK Government the opportunity to be at the very forefront of the development of Electronic Tendering. For the first time, an Electronic Tendering System will be available to civil central government, delivering increased benefits to all parties. It will also support the drive towards modernised Government and make a real difference to suppliers, as the old fragmented government approach gives way to a unified system."

OGC TenderTrust is intended to develop the UK into a world leader in e-commerce systems and processes and set the standard for other countries to follow.

The pilot website can be found at http://www.ogctendertrust.com


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Notes to Editors


About TrustMarque International Limited

TrustMarque is a specialist trusted e-commerce solutions provider for the public and private sectors. TrustMarque offers a portfolio of secure Internet transaction applications and services to support today's e-businesses. TrustMarque provides e-commerce solutions to the 'Business-to Government' (B2G) sector and Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Consumer (B2C) markets. These on-line services include:

* Electronic tendering using smartcards

* Trusted E-procurement

* Multi currency payment processing

* Credit/debit card risk assessment


The company provides global service management on a 24 x 7 basis. TrustMarque is headquartered in the UK and has offices in Canada, South Africa, Singapore and Australia. More information about TrustMarque and its products is available on http://www.trustmarque.com


About TenderTrust

The key benefits for purchasers are:

* greatly expands the supplier base and consequently obtains the most competitive tender

* significantly cuts the time and costs of publishing Invitations to Tender

* responses are received in an easily manageable format, and held securely until the closing date and authorised staff can track the arrival of Tenders

* responses can be automatically sorted and analysed for initial evaluation

* clear and indisputable audit trail provided by the system


The key benefits for suppliers are:

* saves time and resource searching for the right contracts by receiving immediate e-mail notification of
relevant Tenders as soon as they are published

* instant secure access to the full Tender with the smartcard

* cuts the time and cost of preparing Tender Responses

* knowledge that the Tender Response will be securely stored and will not be opened until the deadline


For more press information, please contact:


Andrew Durkin
Mustard PR
Tel: +44 (0)1753 889100
e-mail: andrew@mustardpr.com


Maya Gurry
TrustMarque International
Tel: + 44 (0) 1753 880800
email: mayag@trustmarque.com
For sales enquiries, please contact TrustMarque International:
Tel: 0870 121 0474


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