In 2016 the UK Public Sector purchased goods and services to the value of £760 billion – all of it procured by tender. The number of officially published tenders was c.17,000, excluding those without a published value.
The tender process is designed to promote fairness, transparency and efficiency in the procurement of goods and services. It is used in both the private and public sectors, with the latter being tightly governed by regulation.
With all the uncertainty over Brexit in the air we can do well to ‘think more local’ by making the most of our real-world business connections — people we actually know and trust – to work together and help each other to maximise opportunities.
Are you generally happy to complete your own tenders but could benefit from a third party helping with research for tender opportunities, identifying which tenders you would have the best chance of winning?
Our team of bid writers love writing tenders but when they are not doing so, they like looking for tenders that match a client’s profile, knowing that if they were writing the tender we’d have a 75% or better chance of winning.
Why should recruitment agencies consider growing their businesses through tendering?
Sometimes it’s the only way you’ll be able to do business with public sector organisations: they must be seen to be utterly fair so the process has to be transparent and bids are measured carefully against the published scoring. However, the tender process can be challenging and it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Having met via The Business Network, Exeter, Winning Tenders’ Ian Smith offered to assist Jon Duckham, Fundraising Manager of WESC, with a funding application to The Prince’s Countryside Trust (PCF).
The WESC Foundation is a specialist centre for the visually impaired providing high-quality education and care that increases learners’ opportunities. The project was to look for funding to help an outdoor learning centre utilising some land at West Hill near Honiton. The aim is to establish a horticultural and forest school to aid visually impaired young adults to develop transferable skills, ultimately to increase their future employability through enhancing their opportunities and experience.
For a major bid for a systems integrator (SI) to a large city in the England as part of its Smart Cities* programme Winning Tenders was asked to participate and produce a 100-page solution description.
This project was about the Hub – Control Room which would combine four different networks/systems:
• Alarms / separate CCTV
• Traffic Lights / separate CCTV.
These systems all existed previously in separate ‘silos’. Under this project all would be merged into one and relocated to the new Hub.