Kick-Off Meetings – Fundamental to Successful Bidding

Once you’ve made the ‘Go’ decision to embark on a bid, it can be tempting to get started on it straight away. If you are part of an organisation that is used to bidding for business, waiting for an official kick-off date can feel frustrating. This is understandable, but not advisable. A well-planned kick-off meeting […]

Bid Team Roles – Who Does What?

In this article we describe all the key people who can bring bids to life. Whether you’re looking for someone to help you steer your company’s bids to success, or you’re just starting out in the industry yourself and wondering what opportunities it holds, we’ve de-mystified the roles and responsibilities of the key players in […]

3 Quick Writing Tips to Boost Your Bids

Writing a winning bid can seem like a huge task. You not only need a compelling solution, but you also need to find a way to communicate it in a compelling and persuasive manner. So, here are three quick bid writing tips that you can use now to elevate your next bid or proposal. 1. […]

10 Bid / Tender Trends for 2020

2020 is not just a new year but the beginning of a new decade. I list below 10 of the most likely (and not the only) trends that are likely to affect both public and private sectors – and both clients and contractors / bidders. 1. Brexit – For the 5th year in a row […]

An Easy Formula to Write Winning Case Studies

When tender writing, case studies are one of the best ways to make your company stand out. They are an opportunity to really set your business apart and show your achievements. A well written case study does more than just show a product or service, it does something much more important (and persuasive). It tells [...]

Frameworks – What Does Good Look Like?

As part of our series looking at frameworks, what does good look like is a really pertinent question to ask. Often the clients we work with highlight lack of work, bid time, costs and the fact that they have bid and been awarded places on frameworks but subsequently not received any work. So, what does […]

Method in the Madness – Top 5 Tips to Help Write Better Methodology Responses

More often than not a tender quality submission will include a written methodology to demonstrate your approach for specific client objectives. These method-based questions are cross-sector and routinely include subjects like project management, programme management, change management and quality management. They also normally command the highest marks within a given quality submission and we commonly […]

3 quick tips for boosting Social Value / Community Benefits in your bids

If you are bidding for public sector work, you need to consider Social Value / Community Benefits. Procurement staff are legally bound by the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 (in England and Wales) and the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 to consider the social impact of procurement on local communities. This now forms a […]

10 Ways to Ace a Bid Interview Presentation!

    You are in the final stages of an important bid and now have a Bid Interview / Presentation to prepare for. In many ways, this is like a job interview and success will come from thorough preparation and making a persuasive connection with your interviewers. The 10 tips below will help you to […]

Bringing social value/community benefits to life in your bids

When it comes to bidding for contracts with the public sector, there is now substantial emphasis on social value/community benefits. Bidders need to demonstrate that they are good corporate citizens in the local areas they operate in. For some businesses, the terms social value/community benefits can be mystifying. However, when simply asked – what does […]