Last week the Government issued a seven page Procurement Policy Note - Responding to COVID_19. It shows that many new contracts will be delayed and existing contracts extended.
With many companies losing business due to the recession and now CV-19 competition for future tenders will be intense.
We suggest that companies use this 'down time' to be "Bid Ready" - gather information and statistics to evidence your approaches, write Case Studies and ask for Testimonials. This will enable you to respond effectively. If your teams are still delivering, or volunteering, keep records - this will be great Social Value and Corporate Social Responsibility evidence.
One thing is for sure - tendering has not gone away for good. So get 'Bid Ready' before you resume working at 100 miles an hour!
BID WRITER CONSULTANCY CELEBRATES AWARD WINS!
We are delighted to announce that Jillian, Bid Writer Consultancy Diector, was shortlisted as a finalist for a fantastic personal award....... Congratualtions Jillian - HUGE achievement and testimony your personal contribution to business success!
The Awards keep rolling in for Bid Writer Consultancy - as we win the Outstanding Business category at the 2017
The team at Bid Writer Consultancy were shortlisted as a finalist in the Best Business Enabler category by Entrepreneurs Circle. There were 41 entrants, all outstanding business, and we were humbled to see our name amongst them.
Best Business Awards 2017
We were delighted to be awarded TWO awards by a panel of over 20 judges in the Best Business Awards in October 2017.
Commenting on Bid Writer Consultancy, the winner in the Best Small to Medium Size Business category, the chairman of the judges said: “Bid Writer Consultancy is an amazing company that has found a niche market helping tiny businesses access lucrative contracts from local authorities and the public sector. Often smaller firms miss out of these contacts because they don’t know how to write the tenders. The company does all the writing and has achieved an incredibly high success rate. Needless to say, with its extraordinary success, Bid Writer’s turnover has grown by more half in the last year. Bid Writer is only three years old and has a brilliant future ahead of it as a leader in its field.”
Here at Bid Writer Consultancy the security of your data (and ours) is extremely important to us. So important that we've invested in our data protection to a level that has achieved the Government endorsed Cyber Essentials accreditation! This scheme sets out to significantly reduce the risk of cyber-attacks and data breach. Cyber Essentials is mandatory for suppliers of Government contracts which involve handling personal information. We want to protect the information our customers share with us.
Bid Writer Consultancy's Director, Sharon Welch says "We are thrilled to be one of the first bid writing companies to have received this accreditation in the UK and lead the way in cyber-security. Our investment demonstrates our commitment to protecting our customers data. Keeping it secure against potential cyber-crime and malware infection."
Bid Writer Consultancy is proud to support the new diversity interest group, 'Women in Bids and Proposals'.
Women in Bids and Proposals promotes diversity by supporting and providing valuable networking opportunities to anyone working within the industry.
Membership is free, and is open to anyone working in bids and proposals in the UK, irrespective of their gender
Small businesses are still facing an uphill battle to secure public sector contracts, according to a new report 'from the Federation of Small Businesses. The report 'Unstacking the Deck: Balancing the Public Procurement Odds' highlights that just 23 percent of SMEs had worked for the public sector in the last 12 months - this is a drop of 2 percentage points from 2014.
At Bid Writer Consultancy we are determined to support SME's to secure public sector funds and will be watching future reports with interest for percentage improvements.
Bid Writer Consultancy was thrilled to feature in the May 2017 edition of Entrepreneurs Circular, published by Entrepreneurs Circle for its members. The article informs members that government departments spend around £45 billion on goods and services and encourages EC members to apply. The article explains how our team works to successfully help companies to win tenders and secure contracts.
At The National Growth Exhibition and Conference March 2017, Sharon Welch Bid Writer Consultancy's Director, asked Andy Street about his committment to small businesses as West Midlands Mayor. He replied that he was "committed to funding reaching SMEs". That's great news, and here at BID we look forward to supporting our clients to win a share of these ££££'s
Minister for civil society, Rob Wilson MP, announced in February 2017 that there is to be another review of the Social Value Act.
The review will involve working with innovators and leaders in social value to evaluate progress made since Lord Young’s Review in 2015 to help shape the next phase of implementing the Act.
Young’s report marked a positive development for social value commissioning and signalled the government’s commitment to the agenda.
You may have seen the TV adverts of a big purple monster walking around places of work only to be ignored by everyone he comes across. Forget the monster, the strapline for these adverts gets the real message across - Don't ignore the Workplace Pension! Even if you don't have any employees now, if you are considering doing so in the future you should know. The penalties for failing to comply with the legislation can be severe and the Pensions Regulator has produced a 27 page - Compliance & Enforcement Strategy document! The Regulator deals with non-compliance in stages:
* Issuing you a warning called a Statutory Notice, directing you to comply.
* A fixed penalty notice of £400 if Statutory Notices are not complied with.
* Issuing an escalating penalty notice, with a prescribed daily rate of £50 to £10,000 depending on the number of staff.