Losing Bids on Price? How to Reverse the Trend

If your business is regularly losing bids because of price, we’ve got 12 Top Tips to help you reverse that trend: 1. Understand the market price for your goods or service. Before you submit your bid, make sure you have taken the estimated contract value on the tender notice into account. If your own costs […]

Frameworks – To Bid or Not to Bid?

Public sector buyers often use Frameworks to select a short-list of pre-agreed suppliers. The organisations using that Framework (who might range from a single entity such as the NHS, to a large selection of buyers in a particular sector) then commit to obtaining those services from the ‘approved’ suppliers on the Framework. Frameworks: The Good, […]

Tender Clarification Question – Getting the Tactical Edge!

Clarification Questions (CQs) are a fundamental part of professionally managed procurements and frequently the only way to engage in a dialogue with the buyer once the tender has been published. As with any seller to buyer conversation, especially one where everyone gets to see a transcript of what has been said, it is worth being […]

6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Bidding to the Public Sector

The private sector has experienced a marked decline in the release of contracts and initiation of projects due to the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Contractors feeling these effects must identify more consistent and guaranteed sources of revenue if they are to operate and grow in the Covid-19 era. Pivoting to deliver public sector […]

How to Bid and Win in the COVID-19 Era

Following a sharp decline in tender activity during March and April 2020, we are now seeing the return of opportunities to bid for contracts. However, bidders need to take account of the changed environment that we are all in (the “new normal”), especially when the virus clearly has some way to run. In this article, […]

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 […]

10 Bid Trends for the Construction Sector in 2020

Writing this article as 2019 draws to a close feels a little easier than writing last year’s article. There would appear to some more certainties for 2020; however, there are still some significant headwinds that will affect the sector. In this article, I list 10 of the most likely (and not the only) trends that […]

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 […]