How can SMEs Bid to Win in the post-Carillion World

The collapse of Carillion (the UK’s second largest construction company) on 15th January 2018 was a disaster for its staff, sub-contractors, suppliers and shareholders. It will have significant impacts for many of its clients. But to quote Winston Churchill, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. Andrew Morrison examines how a crisis can, and […]

How to Bid and Win in the Social Housing Sector

The urgent need across the UK for more homes, including in the social housing sector, is receiving increasing media attention and is now attracting substantial additional funding from Government. The November 2017 Budget announced £15.3 billion of new financial support for house building over the next five years and more money to help SME builders. […]

To Bid or Not to Bid?

With a wealth of opportunities on offer, its easy to forget that you don’t have to bid for every contract. Take a look at Andrew Morrison’s top tips below on when to hold back: When might you decline to bid an opportunity? To achieve a high bid win rate, you will also need to establish […]

Professional Services – Bidding Professionally

‘High value services delivered by skilled, qualified and regulated individuals’. This sounds like a Unique Selling Point but a combination of this phrase appears in every Professional Services tender submission. Whether it be an Accountant, Auditor, Lawyer or Management Consultant, the public and private sectors need all of these professional services to help them comply […]

In Bidding, you’ve got to be in it to win it!

We’ve all been there… A tender for a big contract is published and you really want to win it, but you’re up to your eyeballs in work as it is, or some of your team are on holiday, or assigned to other business-critical projects. So, what now? Do you just leave it, because you don’t […]

Welcome to the 3rd Edition of ‘How to Bid and Win!’

About AM Bid Services We are Award Winning Bid Specialists who assist local, regional and national organisations with delivering business growth by creating winning bids and proposals. Our services for you include: Full Bid Writing; Bid Review, Edit & Improve; Bid Training; Bid Strategy & Processes and Providing Interim Bid Staff. Our success rate is […]

Beginners Guide to Public Contracts Scotland

As a first time or relatively new bidder, you may have heard the term ‘PCS’ being mentioned, but may be wondering what it means? Let us put you in the know, ‘PCS’ is the abbreviation for Public Contracts Scotland. What is Public Contracts Scotland? Public Contracts Scotland is the national advertising portal for all contracting […]

How to Choose Bid Win Themes

Selecting Bid Win Themes is a key part of Capture Planning and the Bid Kick Off Session.  Bid Win Themes should percolate your bid like the chorus in a song and provide the client with compelling reasons for selecting your company.  But how do you select win themes? and which ones will you choose?  This […]

3 reasons why SMEs are not bidding

It would be fair to say that SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) are pioneers when it comes to delivering a personalised, tailored service to the customer. Whilst business growth is essential for any sized company, it is particularly important for SMEs to grow and utilise effectively the smaller scale resources they have. In the past […]

Bidding for Social Housing Contracts? 10 points to ponder

To succeed when bidding for social housing maintenance contracts, tenderers need to demonstrate that they truly understand: the sector, the client, the residents and the communities in which they work.  If you can show good knowledge and empathy with the points below, you will find your tender evaluation scores starting to move northwards. 1. Context Show you get the […]