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Tender writing – it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it

When you realise how much time and resources it’s going to take you to put together a tender response, it can be tempting to go at it like a bull at a gate just to get the whole thing done. But if you’re really serious about winning, that approach simply won’t do. It’s as much … Read more

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Asking tender questions

There’s no denying that a set of freshly released tender documents can be a bit intimidating. No doubt, by the time you’ve read the entire Request for Tender (RFT) you’ll have plenty of questions. So, what’s the best way to go about finding some answers? It pays to remember that the prospective client really does … Read more

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How to turn average tenders and proposals into winning ones

The secret to turning average tenders and proposals into winning ones is simple: write, and then edit, edit, edit! How to write The best way to write is simply to get started. Sometimes you can sharpen your writing by following this methodology: Write what you want to say in the sequence that you think of … Read more

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Executive summaries – do you write first or last?

If your tender, bid or proposal submission process allows you to incorporate an executive summary, then this is a great way for you to highlight your value proposition. Sometimes, though, when and how you write it can also make a difference: Write it last Many writers find that they organise their thoughts and discover their … Read more

Trust

Why is trust so important in winning tenders?

Unless the relationship has broken down, the incumbent will usually have the advantage when an organisation is tendering for work. Quite simply, they know what they’re getting, and can be reluctant to rock the boat with change. As a result, the onus is on you, the tenderer, to prove your credentials and show that you … Read more

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How to decide whether to tender, bid or submit a proposal

Putting together tenders, bids and proposals is often a huge commitment of time and energy. Unless you’ve got a dedicated bid team, they divert the attention of key personnel from the business. Therefore, tendering for new business can be a costly exercise, so it’s wise to carefully consider whether it makes strategic sense. Will a … Read more

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How to Win More Tenders

One of the most worrying statistics for any company submitting tenders is how few are successful: research in the US and the UK shows only 47% of tenders win. That’s a lot of time and effort for no reward. It’s also concerning that 25% of organisations issuing requests for tenders and proposals never make a … Read more

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Ready, Steady, Go Tender…How To Be Tender Ready

Putting together a tender requires an investment of resources and time – almost certainly far more than you’ve anticipated. However, you can make life easier for yourself and your team by undertaking three activities in advance. And, because you’ve done some basic groundwork, once the contract you want to bid for is released, you’ll be … Read more

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Have you ever made this mistake in your tenders, bids or proposals? 

Even if you’re the incumbent, it’s dangerous to assume that the tender process is just a formality and that your contract will automatically be renewed. There’ll certainly be other suppliers tendering for the work. And if they present a more competitive, articulate offer…well, then it could be red faces all round.  Rather than make the … Read more

Tender time

Give yourself time when tendering for contracts

When bidding for work, you need to give yourself enough time to plan and to gather all the supporting documentation you need. Plan out your offer Your offer is the most important part of the tendering process. Everything else in your response schedule supports and validates your ability to deliver for the amount you have … Read more

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