Looking for great ideas to grow your business this Friday?


Do you have a clear diary on Friday
29th September?

Can you get to central Exeter for 8am?

We have a spare ticket for Like Minds… do you want to join our CEO Ian Smith for the day plus a hundred or so other Like Minds?


THE COMPETITION is nice and easy…

Tell us how we helped a friendly dragon recently?


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How did we help a friendly dragon?

Pushing out at 9am Wednesday morning simply complete the entry form and the winner will be selected at random first thing Thursday morning and notified immediately so you can get ready to mix with Like Minds.

Thank you.


How to win tenders – create a compelling sales proposal

Many people want to know how to win tenders and so we’d be negligent not to write a blog on the topic as that’s what we do really, really well.

So well in fact that, in a recent ‘red review’ of a large construction company’s draft bid, we made crucial recommendations for changes in 6 of the 7 key areas. Changes made, that company went on to win a £45m contract.
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Dragons + Winning Tenders = bridging the digital divide for young people in London

When Dragon Hall Trust charity’s James Dellow mentioned to Business Network host Helen Bennett that he had a difficult tender to complete for Islington Council and ‘did she know anyone who could help?’, little did he know how well it would turn out.

The bid was for a £700,000 grant in the form of a 3-year contract that would enable the Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust to run a new kind of youth centre, enhancing the digital skills of young people including the ‘hard to reach’ in and around the area.

Operating on a budget of c.£500,000 this was a significant ask for the Trust but James and his team had put in many hours over 10 years developing the Trust’s activities in the Covent Garden area and felt ready to take on this challenge in Islington… he just needed Islington Council to feel sure they could deliver.
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Making the most of the Heart of the South West Growth Hub

If you are looking to grow your business in the South West then it probably makes a great deal of sense to register as a supplier with the Heart of the South West Growth Hub.

In a more formal tender process then it can help your pitch if you are known to those around the table making the decision to put you forward, or not, to the next round of the tender process.
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Landing food service and related contracts for food and drink suppliers across the UK

Winning Tenders have been landing food service contracts for suppliers and wholesale beverage distributors for over 6 years now. Recent wins in the food sector for one company based in the north of England, another in the south west show that geography is not a limiting factor for us.

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Are you being asked to tender for MSP contracts?

Ian Smith, our CEO, has been winning tenders for over 30 years, initially in the corporate world and latterly, on behalf of his SME clients, through Winning Tenders as a service provider.

You might say MSP (managed services provider) is the modern phrase for a company that plugs a client’s business support systems together to improve throughput, efficiency and profitability.
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Tender Writing for Ambitious Businesses

Our mission is to help ambitious SMEs to grow by enabling them to compete successfully with larger organisations in the world of formal tender writing.

Founder Ian Smith has over 30 years’ experience of formal tender writing experience and Winning Tenders has a win rate of over 75% for the tenders submitted on behalf of its clients! With our growing team of qualified, experienced bid writers we can help ambitious businesses to grow more rapidly than they would otherwise be able to simply under their own steam.
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