Tender Forecasting

A little heads up can go a long way in the world of public sector tendering. Suppliers usually rely on Prior Information Notices (PINs) to give them a heads up that a contract was soon to be out there to bid on. PINs are a great way to prepare for a bid response, but the […]

Why we love low value tenders

Low value tenders are a good starting point for SMEs and companies with limited tendering experience – and there are many benefits to bidding for these types of contracts.

High Speed 2 – A whole fleet of opportunities

Unless you have been living under a railway bridge for the last 10 years, you will know that in 2010 the UK Government approved the plan to create High Speed 2 (HS2): a high speed railway from London to Manchester/Leeds. Off the rails? Most definitely on. HS2 will shrink the travel time for many commuters […]

Public Sector Construction – Getting better all the time

The Public Sector is providing more and more contracts for Construction sector suppliers. Although times were tough for the industry following the recession, things have rebounded and opportunities have never looked better for suppliers and contractors working with the Public Sector. The future looks brighter still with this sector having a projected average growth of 2.6% […]

Pet Hates of Suppliers (What not to do if you are a buyer)

A few months ago my colleague Cindy published a blog on the Pet Hates of Buyers which went through some of the main issues that buyers have had when dealing with suppliers. This blog will consider the other side of the coin and cover some of the pet hates that suppliers have when bidding for tenders. Through […]

Tendering across Europe – How to step out of the UK

With £714 billion being spent on the public sector in the UK in 2014 you may feel that there is plenty of business to go around. However, if you are considering broadening your options or want to look further afield you could consider bidding for tenders across the European Union. The European Union was created […]

Your Rights as a Supplier

The most common question that we get from Tenders Direct customers is: ‘What rights do we have once we put in a bid?’ The answer to that is dependent on what stage of the process the supplier is at and the rights for both stages are listed below: For the PQQ Questions should only be […]

Why are framework agreements important to SMEs?

In our blog about election manifestos one thing that was clear is that all the main parties feel that involvement of SMEs in procurement is the key to economic growth. The current Government set a target of 25% of all Central Governments spend to be with SMEs when it came to power in 2010 and […]