Future opportunity


  • National Physical Laboratory

F01: Prior information notice (prior information only)

Notice reference: 2023/S 000-033067

Published 8 November 2023, 2:33pm

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

National Physical Laboratory

Hampton Road


TW11 0LW


Gary Phillips




+44 2089773222


United Kingdom

NUTS code

UK - United Kingdom

Internet address(es)

Main address


one.3) Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

one.5) Main activity

Other activity


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title


Reference number


two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 30000000 - Office and computing machinery, equipment and supplies except furniture and software packages

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

Attempted Fraud Alert

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has become aware of a fraud operation operating ostensibly under our name, targeting ICT suppliers.

Suppliers are approached usually by a man claiming to be Gary Phillips (one of our real employees) who will seek quotations for ICT equipment (high-end servers and other high-value items) which they will usually ask to be shipped to freight forwarding companies with names such as 'National Physical Laboratory Goods Receiving Center' and usually marked for the attention of a 'Jackie Brown'.

At least 40 suppliers are known to have been targeted so far.

Suppliers are advised that any email or communication purporting to be from NPL but having any domain name OTHER THAN 'npl.co.uk' is likely to be fraudulent.

Suppliers are advised to remain diligent and to question anything that looks suspicious by contacting NPL directly (contact details can be found at www.npl.co.uk) or by contacting the real Gary Phillips at gary.phillips@npl.co.uk who can confirm if any such communication came from himself.

Thank you for your diligence.

two.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £1,000,000

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 30000000 - Office and computing machinery, equipment and supplies except furniture and software packages

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UK - United Kingdom

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

Attempted Fraud Alert - see notes above

two.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice

8 November 2023

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: No