Before deciding to proceed with a tender, it is sensible to review the scoring criteria and think about the likely competitors. Buyers often weight the scoring towards the areas they feel are most important. This gives you valuable information which can link to your likelihood of success. If you are not as strong as your … Read more..
If you think of innovation as a new idea, device or method in this situation, you will find it easy to identify examples which can be written into a bid. In the context of tendering, ‘new’ means not expected, or not the normal. It does not have to be newly created or invented. A good … Read more..
The quality section of a bid usually includes areas such as methodology, H&S, sustainability, people, credentials and experience. When writing these it is important that you make it non-generic, consider different reader types, describe benefits, include proof and ensure it is a pleasure to read as well as encompassing a win theme. Above all though, … Read more..
The Quick Quote facility allows buyers to ask for quotes for low value/low risk procurement without the need to go through a full tendering process. To be considered for a Quick Quote invitation, you need to register with Public Contracts Scotland as a supplier. This is open to suppliers from all countries. Pay particular attention to … 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..
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..
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.
A flow chart is a great way to show potential clients the key stages in a complex process. The flow chart should be clear and detailed yet not contain so much information that makes it difficult to digest. Ensure you include all steps which are relevant to the contract such as feedback or continuous improvement.
When making a tender presentation, most people assume the audience will have read the written submission.