Finding ‘biddable opportunities’ is the holy grail for some companies. The business development team spend hours at their desks trying to identify contracts which are due for renewal. They search databases, read journals, email their contacts and set up customer visits. Then they go on the road, attend networking events, meet existing customers and make … Read more..
It can be frustrating to be asked slightly different versions of similar questions by different clients in different tenders. While the temptation is to use a standard response which covers all aspects of a topic, you should approach each question as if it is the first time it has been written. Ask yourself what has … Read more..
Writing bids and tenders is a skill which does not come naturally to most people, particularly those who come from technical disciplines. An in-house training course is a cost-effective way of improving the quality of bids and increasing win rates, without engaging additional resources. Once trained, staff are confident and skilled at producing highly relevant … Read more..
At interview, the client is looking for evidence of a cohesive team which will work together and not a group of individuals who are only interested in their own area of expertise. When preparing for a tender interview, make sure everyone in the presentation team is familiar with all aspects of the tender document. This … Read more..
ISO certification such as 9001 (quality management), 14001 (environmental management) and 27001 (information security management) used to be seen as an added value item when tendering and gained additional marks. As more companies gain these certificates, many clients now expect them and deduct marks from those which do not have them. To maximise the impact … Read more..
Where a client asks for certain capabilities or qualifications, it is foolish to submit a response which lacks these. If necessary, ask the client to confirm that they are essential and also make suggestions about alternative resources before submitting the document. If this is not acceptable, consider outsourcing one or two elements of the work … Read more..
It is normal to include staff photographs on CVs which are submitted with bid, proposal and tender documents. A good head and shoulders shot is all that is required but you should ensure these are up-to-date and look professional. If you present an assortment of selfies and outdated images, the client will probably form an … Read more..
Some people find that meeting deadlines can be extremely stressful yet others find they are useful tools to help prioritise their work. Irrespective of how you view deadlines it is important that you meet them and do so with minimal disruption to your other work and personal life. There are many different techniques to help … Read more..
Many people think they have been unfairly evaluated because they were not awarded high marks, despite being able to do the job. Being able to do a job is not enough to score well. You must write down everything that is needed to convey the right information. Analyse your responses critically and compare them to … Read more..
Resist the temptation to include standard promotional text in proposals or to provide details of additional services which are available. Your proposal should be tailored so that it focuses on the client, their project and their needs. Any generic marketing material and sales statements are likely to be ignored or viewed in a negative light.