Your bid and tender documents should be designed to win and not just to be compliant otherwise the client’s selection will be made on price. To structure a winning bid, you need to agree a win theme at the outset and then ensure all contributors weave it into their parts of the response. A win … Read more..
It can be very tempting to produce standard proposal templates and give staff rigid guidance about what to insert in each section. While this can help with consistency, it does tend to lead to very generic proposals. It is better for staff to understand what needs to be written so they can produce tailored material, … Read more..
Increasingly, clients are evaluating potential suppliers during a presentation interview, rather than just by their written submission. To prepare for interview you should think about the areas which are likely to concern the client and decide how to address them. This will ensure you are ready to answer any difficult questions and can have relevant … Read more..
Producing a bid or tender can be very stressful and it usually involves significant effort from those involved. A good time to reflect on this is immediately after the document has been submitted. This timing allows you to recognise the successes rather than wait for a final outcome, which may be influenced by factors which … Read more..
It is not usual to add figure or table numbers to graphics which are included in proposals. Your graphics should be introduced in the text and simply given a strong title which describes its key features and benefits. Figure and table numbering is normal in technical reports, where they are also shown alongside the table … Read more..
Bid and tender software can be very valuable when compiling large documents with multiple contributors. Most packages allow you to build a library of reusable material and will automate the notifications going to reviewers. However the quality of the response still relies on individuals thinking about what to include and tailoring it to individual clients.
If they lose a tender, the majority of people will tell you that they lost it due to the price. While this is occasionally true, it is more likely that they failed to persuade the client that they would gain sufficient benefits to justify the price. A client’s objective is to solve a problem, not … Read more..
When a tender asks for CVs, the evaluators are likely to want a reasonably detailed narrative about each key person. A CV should describe the person’s skills as well as their qualifications. It should show their client-related achievements as well as the roles they have undertaken. This information illustrates the person’s ability to perform well, … Read more..
Beware of providing too much detail in the commercial section of your proposal. If you give a breakdown of the price, the buyer may try to haggle over hourly rates or deselect key parts of your service. To avoid allowing them to negotiate on individual items, simply offer an overall price for the whole project.
The first sentence in each section of your bid should grab the reader’s attention and make them want to read on. To do this, work out “what” it is they want and “why” they want it. This will show that you have been listening to their requirements and are not just trying to promote yourself … Read more..